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The Passive House Institute has announced the launch of two new certification categories, Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium, which recognise on-site renewable energy generation.
Full details in Passive House+ magazine HERE
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ANDROID VERSION OF THE APP You can also download the app by clicking on the App icon to the right.
Below are a few screen grabs that show the key features:
• Scalable high resolution graphics for all Android phones and tablets
• Ability to enter your own materials, thicknesses and conductivities as opposed to searching in scrolling lists
• Calculates for floors, walls, roofs and ceilings and adjusts the interior and exterior thermal resistance values accordingly (in accordance with DIN EN 6946 Section 5, Chart 1.)
• This release is on Android, iOS released Easter 2015
• Includes settings for underground wall, rain screen or warm/cold roof constructions
• Information/settings screen
• Ability to reset all values or delete individual lines
• Adheres to Passivhaus methodology of calculating U values (excluding thermal bridging – see below)
• Links to TeachPassiv.com and additional Passivhus resources, news & FACT SHEETS
• This version totally free of charge
Why did we create the app? I was looking for a simple U value app that gave the ability of quickly entering data, allowed a quick comparison between different constructions/insulation and supplemented the PHPP U value calculations (the app is not intended to replace PHPP). I found that the app didn’t exist and we (myself and my coding maestro son Conor) decided to fill the gap in the market.
The app is free of charge and is used as a marketing aid for TeachPassiv.com and the architecture and Passivhaus Design Practice Mark Stephens Architects
The app does not currently take account of thermal bridges, this is going to be addressed in a subsequent version.
If you find any bugs or inaccuracies in the app, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
You can read the Privacy Statement regarding the app HERE
The app is not supported or endorsed by the Passivhaus Institute, does not replace the U value calculations in PHPP and is for entertainment purposes only e&oe.
Link below to all 5 posts from Elrond Burrell on ‘What do you love most about Passivhaus?’:
Here is link to new Fact Sheet on Thermal Conductivity and u values which has also been added to FACT SHEETS section of website.
This Fact sheet is in response to recent confusion over conductivity values.
TeachPassiv.com are please to announce the imminent release of a new Passivhaus App for Apple iOS and Android.
The app is a U-value calculator using the Passivhaus methodology; it has been carefully written to ensure that the surface resistance values are in accordance with EN ISO 6946 for all conditions and can also take into account constructions below ground, unheated spaces and compensation for rain screen constructions.
To ensure that you receive details of this imminent release, please follow/subscribe via email (widget on right hand side)…
Link to excellent post below by Elrond Burrell on what this Passive House standard is NOT:
The programme for the 2015 Passive House Conference in Leipzig can be downloaded HERE (1.2Mb) downloads in new window
Passivhaus Primer: Airtightness Guide
Click below for excellent guide on:
The following 6 posts are on who should certify Part L compliance, the BER Assessor? Part L compliance with the Building Regulations with regards to Thermal Bridges/Modelling and Thermal Bridging and Passivhaus
1. From the Bregs Blog admin team – 3 Things Design Certifiers should know about certifying Part L
2. My opinion piece on the BRegs Blog – SI.9 and Part L | Are specialist ancillary certifiers needed? Part 1
3. Follow-up Part 2 opinion piece on the BRegs Blog – SI.9 and Part L | Are specialist ancillary certifiers needed? Part 2
Reminder that a series of Passivhaus Fact Sheets are in the FACT SHEETS section of website and that the above information is specifically related to Ireland and may not apply to other countries.
All advice online is remote from the situation and cannot be relied upon as a defence or support – in and of itself – should legal action be taken. Competent legal and building professionals should be asked to advise in Real Life with rights to inspect and issue reports on the matters at hand.
This Fact Sheet (below) focusses on Airtightness and it’s relevance in PHPP
This new Fact Sheet (also in FACT SHEETS section of website) gives a few methods of hitting (and bettering) the Passivhaus Space Heating Demand requirements. It focusses on alternative strategies that may not be obvious in addition to improving u-values, airtightness etc…
There will be additional Fact sheets covering other PHPP areas in due course, watch this space…
Fact Sheet 11, The first of the Case Studies looks at comparisons & differences to Passivhaus cavity wall insulation between UK and Ireland:
Again this is included in the FACT SHEETS section of web site
Fact Sheet Number 8 on Passivhaus Building Certification is out:
Again this is included in the FACT SHEETS section of web site
Fact Sheet Number 4 on Passivhaus Design is out, next one will be on Passivhaus construction…
Special thanks to:
Zeno Winkens for
Clauson House Co. Wexford, Winkens Architecture
Isover Energy Efficiency Award 2013 WINNER
Finalist Irish Building and Design Awards Sustainable/Green Project of the Year 2014
Finalist The Green Residential Building Green Awards 2013
Chris Parsons of Parsons + Whittley Architects for the 3 dwellings at Burnham Overy Staithe for Hastoe
Fact sheet No. 3 out now: The Passivhaus Design Team
Details who you should appoint and why to build your ultra-low energy Passivhaus.
Fact Sheet Number 2 is out, click on link below & is also added into FACT SHEETS section:
After hearing that I have passed my Certified Passivhaus Consultant/Designer exam; I am now focussing on developing the TeachPassiv website. This starts with a series of ‘Fact Sheets’ on Passivhaus design, methodology & execution. And where best to start is at the beginning with ‘What is a Passivhaus’: