Master using the designPH plugin for SketchUp. A step-by-step online course to design Passive House and Low Energy buildings using designPH
Special Launch Discount ending on 14.03.2022
The designPH Masterclass is a self-paced online course and starts the moment you enroll.
There aren’t any hard requirements. It is, however, highly recommended to have knowledge about the Passive House design principles and basic experience with PHPP.
No prior knowledge is needed with designPH or SketchUp.
The course is structured in 6 Modules and includes more than 6 hours of video lectures. The additional time needed to complete all exercises is around 5 hours.
What is designPH?
If you are looking for software that calculates with high accuracy the energy efficiency of buildings, the PHPP is the best choice. Unfortunately, the software needs to manually enter a large amount of information that can often be mistaken. And here comes the designPH plugin for SketchUp developed by the Passive House Institute, which not only saves you a lot of time for the input of the information and for searching and correcting the errors but also calculates precisely the shading of your building for you. The simple and graphically oriented nature of the plugin will allow you to create 3D models and analyze the energy performance of your projects just within a few hours. You can use the preliminary energy balance results to optimize the building design, the shape and size of windows, balconies, overhangs, and shading devices of your buildings. This facilitates a more effective iterative design process, which will allow you to get an immediate idea of the building’s energy performance and rule out poorly performing design options early in the design stage. Once an optimal design is achieved, the 3D model can then be exported to PHPP for detailed design, refinement, and Passive House certification.
Meet your course instructors
Learn from industry experts
Co-Founder, Certified Passive House Consultant & Trainer, Leed Green Associate
Anton became one of the youngest Certified Passive House Consultants in the world at the age of 16. He is also an accredited Passive House Trainer by the PHI and a LEED Green Associate. Anton is now following his Master’s degree in architecture at the Delft University of Technology. Currently, he is designing and consulting multiple Passive House projects all over the globe. Anton is a passionate advocate of the Passive House Standard and his aim is to make the Passive House Standard accessible to people all over the world. In his spare time, Anton enjoys music, karate, yoga, and traveling.
Co-Founder, Passive House Certifier, Certified Passive House Consultant
Svetlin is Passive House Trainer, Consultant, and Certifier globally accredited by the Passive House Institute. He designed, built, and now lives in the first Passive House Classic in Bulgaria. Svetlin has been delivering Passive House Designer courses for over 10 years and he trained 250+ people from over 20 countries. He has 25+ years of experience in the building sector and worked on numerous Passive House projects all over the world. He was also a keynote speaker at the International Passive House Conferences in 2017 and 2018. In his spare time, Svetlin enjoys hiking in nature, fencing, and archery.
- Welcome to the designPH Masterclass
- Tips to improve your course taking experience
- Download SketchUp
- Intro to Module 1
- Install designPH
- designPH activation and updates
- designPH user interface
- Intro to Module 2
- Setting up SketchUp
- Navigating in SketchUp
- Drawing tools and fast buttons
- Camera views, styles and sections
- Groups and Layers/Tags
- Exporting and importing 3D models
- Intro to Module 3
- Download the sample project files
- Massing the opaque building envelope
- Massing the transparent building envelope
- Massing the TFA
- Massing the shading elements
- Intro to Module 4
- Climate Zone
- Assign properties to the opaque building envelope
- Assign properties to the transparent building envelope
- Assign Thermal bridges
- Define TFA
- Define Footprint
- Assign Ventilation system and IHG
- Shading objects
- Designs of complex windows and facades
- Organizing the model
- Common mistakes
- Tips and Tricks
- designPH for the Southern hemisphere
- Intro to Module 5
- Analyzing the model with designPH
- Surface names in designPH
- Exporting the model and importing it to PHPP
- Making final PHPP adjustments
- Import a 2D model (from AutoCAD)
- Import a 3D model (from Revit)
- Sample designPH files
- designPH checklist
- Submit your sample project
- Schedule your 30-minute Q&A call with us!
- Course feedback
Get additional CP for the renewal of your CPHD/C certificate
Further Education Training
The designPH Masterclass is recognized by PHI as further education training for Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants with 14 CPs under the ID: K174_2021_NL. If you require a confirmation of completion please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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What our course participants say about the course:
"The designPH Masterclass is an essential resource for whoever wishes to develop proficiency in DesignPH and learn the most time-effective workflow strategy to coordinate/transfer sets of information across the three softwares used: PHPP, DesignPH, and Sketchup. The practical step-by-step approach allows the student to build their own accurate model, with a clearly structured method, examples, tips, and tricks. The chance to arrange a meeting with the organizers and discuss your own project is also a vital feature to get professional feedback on your own project."
Master using the designPH plugin for SketchUp. A step-by-step online course to design Passive House and Low Energy buildings using designPH.
$247 excl. tax
$247 excl. tax
Or 3 monthly payments of $97 per month (excl. tax). Click here to set up your payment plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
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No. However, if you don’t have designPH, when registering for the exam, at the checkout, you can add the latest version of the designPH software to your purchase.
This course is for ALL building professionals working on the design and construction of Passive House and Low Energy buildings and want to streamline their Passive House energy modeling. If you want to spend more time designing and less time modeling, if you want to be able to assess the energy performance of early design options without spending too much time and effort, and if you want to certify your Passive House projects, this course is the perfect fit for you.
For this course, you will need designPH v2.0 (or later), SketchUp Make (free version) or SketchUp Pro (paid version), and PHPP v9.6 (or later).
No! We have a whole dedicated module in the course in which we teach you how to use SketchUp even if you have 0 experience with the software.
Yes! The designPH Masterclass is part of the PHPP Expert course organized by the Passive House School.
Yes! The designPH Masterclass is recognized by PHI as further education training for Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants with 14 CPs under the ID: K174_2021_NL. If you require a confirmation of completion please email: email@example.com
The designPH Masterclass is a self-paced course and all lectures are pre-recorded. You can complete it in your own time and work through it as fast or slow as you wish.
Students and iPHA members get a 10% discount.
If you are an iPHA Member, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your iPHA membership to provide you with a discount code.
If you are a student, please send your proof of enrollment to email@example.com from your student email address.
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