This week we are busy in Darmstadt, Germany: Enrico just presented at the 20th International Passive House Conference, and he's currently taking his class to become a certified trainer with the International Passivhaus Institut. Stay tuned for our articles on the Conference, and about our training programme in Italy and Colorado.
We finally had the chance to test DesignPH, the SketchUp plug-in that allows you to carry out the preliminary design of passive buildings in 3D. Once the model is created, you can export the data to PHPP (the energy balance software for passive house design), to further the energy design in depth. Even though this plug-in has been available on the market for a couple of years, since version 8.5 of PHPP, our recent meetings with passive house professionals tell us that this tool is not yet very widespread. It is the case of Italy, as well as the impression we got from our recent trip to the USA.