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PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.01 Released – PHPP9 Compatible!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in news, Of interest | Comments Off

PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.01 Released – PHPP9 Compatible!

Dear all, We are very proud to announce the latest release of our popular results sheet. This release represents a big overhaul, and includes lots of new features, as well as improvements to usability. It is compatible with PHPP8 and PHPP9. Download link:   PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.06 (169.0 KiB, 3,500 hits) [Edit 02/12/15: updated to v6.02] The biggest improvement is the addition of 3 new sheets that show a summary of the key data in the PHPP. Hope you find it really useful. Liam McDonagh-Greaves,...

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New PHPP Guide: Formulae to Make Solid Shading Transparent

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Guides, news, Of interest | Comments Off

New PHPP Guide: Formulae to Make Solid Shading Transparent

Dear all, We have published a guide to applying a transparency factor to objects in the shading sheet in your PHPP. Let’s say you are modelling a line of trees in your PHPP. The spreadsheet assumes that they are completely opaque, but this isn’t true – some degree of light always gets through. This guide shows you how to apply some transparency to those trees, making your shading more accurate. It is also useful for modelling non-solid fences, brise-soleils and pergolas. Download link:  PHPP Formulae to Make Shading Transparent (220.1 KiB, 1,588 hits) Hope you...

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New PHPP graphical results sheet to download from WARM

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Of interest | Comments Off

I’ve just uploaded an add-in graphical results sheet for PHPP. We’ve refined it to what we think are the key outputs – so we hope it’s helpful in your designs : ) To use – load both your PHPP and the results sheet – then copy the tab from the results sheet to your PHPP – all the links should start working. John   Download it:  PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.06 (169.0 KiB, 3,500...

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Passivhaus vs the UK approach – a non technical comparison of the different principles

Posted by on Feb 11, 2011 in Of interest | Comments Off

I’ve been working with Passivhaus for a year now, having previously worked with the UK approach of SAP and Building Regulations.  The technical differences are interesting, but the subtle differences in principles are where we have the most potential to learn. It’s important to recognise their common ground, and by ‘they’ we are really talking about two different ways influencing the design of a building in order to reduce its energy use.  We are not really talking about which is easier or harder, the Passivhaus standard is clearly more demanding, we are talking about...

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Whats do Google trends tell us about sustainable building in the UK?

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Of interest | Comments Off

I found Google insights today and wondered what it tells us about the current trends in UK sustainable building, if anything? Firstly, out of the voluntary standards in sustainable construction: Code for Sustainable Homes and Passivhaus – which is getting more interest? I’ve also added Zero Carbon Homes into the mix. These are the results: It’s quite clear that Code has still got the edge in Google search terms, but equally Passivhaus is gaining interest quickly. Although you could argue they are not really comparable as Code covers a range of sustainability issues, whilst...

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