PHPP 9: a misunderstanding?

At the 2015 International Passive House Conference in Leipzig, Germany, the Passivhaus Institut presented version 9 of PHPP, which includes many new features to design passive buildings.

Many articles have been written about the new primary energy method and the certification classes. In our mind, however, PHPP 9 has more important new features: we explain what they are. Read More

BIM Energy Analysis with Archicad 17

As in its previous version, Archicad 17 comes with a built-in energy evaluation tool, that allows designers to develop the building energy concept from the preliminary design phase. The line that divides architectural design and energy simulation seems to be getting thinner and thinner. On one hand, this Graphisoft approach is no doubt cutting edge. However, some large doubts remain: Read More

iPHA announces new release of PHPP version 8 – 2013

PHPP – Passivhaus Design SoftwareThe iPHa – International Passive House Association – recently announced the new release of version 8 of PHPP, the design software for passive buildings.

After the 2012 release of version 7, this upgrade is going to allow further improvements for better design in warm humid climates with Passivhaus standard. Read More

Daylight Design with Archicad 15 and Velux Daylight Visualizer

Designing with daylight in mind not only allows for a more comfortable interior space, but it can also give you substantial savings in energy consumption. By integrating ArchiCAD’s BIM technology with Velux’s Daylight Visualizer, architects can now precisely simulate daylighting in buildings as early as the very first steps of preliminary design.

BIM Energy Analysis with ArchiCAD 16

Graphisoft has just released the preview videos for their new ArchiCAD version 16, and we are pretty excited about it here at Emu Architects. Enrico Bonilauri has written an extensive assessment of the newly integrated energy analysis features (basically incorporating EcoDesigner) over on our Italian blog. I’ll attempt to translate his thoughts into English here for our international readers: Read More