Supercharge your designPH skills A live, online class for Passive House designers and consultants

18 March 2024

Learn how to integrate designPH into your Passive House design process. You’ll save significant time even when modelling simple buildings and sites and increase the accuracy of your PHPP model. 

During this live online course, you’ll be guided through a case study building and learn how to

  • import drawings into designPH
  • model a designPH model in Sketchup
  • import results into a PHPP file
  • finalise your energy model

Outcomes: By the end of the course you’ll be able to confidently

  • model a thermal envelope from 2D drawings
  • model self shading from drawings or 3D model
  • model topography and other site shading
  • use DesignPH and PHPP efficiently to get the fastest result
  • make changes in DesignPH and/or PHPP as your project design iterates

Structure: The course is made up of lectures, homework review and Q&A sessions. There are six sessions of 1.5 hours.

Teaching team: Sustainable Engineering Ltd principal Jason Quinn will lead the training, with support from Jessica Eyers and Sara Wareing. Bios here.

Dates: Six sessions over three weeks in June 2024 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 and 20, at 12.30-2.00pm

Course fee: $990 (GST-inclusive; $860.87 excl.) PHINZ member discount applies.

In order to participate fully in this course and receive the greatest benefit, participants must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Sketchup Pro or Sketchup Pro Trial that will last the length of the class, designPH2, as well as a solid beginner level of skill in Sketchup or better. Specifically this means you can draw and group items, tag and hide items, draw on the default layer, group and then edit the group’s tag, install a plugin and such. If you have never used Sketchup, it is essential that you work through the beginner and intermediate videos before starting this course. 
  2. PHPP v9 or v10 and proficiency in using this software. This class is not an introduction to PHPP.
  3. Sufficient time to complete the exercises—allow two to four hours each week in addition to class time.

A note on software versions

The class will be taught in Sketchup Pro 2023. If you have an older version of Pro (back to 2017) you should be able to complete the tasks required by this course. However, be aware not everything will look exactly the same. Layers are now called tags, for example.