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  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 16 February 2018
  • NZGBC Office
  • Level 2, Tower 1, 205 Queen Street
  • Auckland
Price (exclusive of GST)
  • $245.00 for members
  • $295.00 for non-members

Design PH course

Go from drawing cubes in Sketchup to an energy model of a residential home for Homestar or initial Passive House design in this straightforward one-day course.

Folks love your home designs, the way they are laid out, and how they make them feel.

But you know that code minimum construction is just the legal minimum, and homes can perform so much better with good design.

This course will teach you how to determine your designs' performance. Finally you can know if putting in high-performance glass in those indoor-outdoor flow south facing windows really does overcome the heat loss.You'll learn how to go from drawing cubes with squares for windows in SketchUp to an energy model accurate enough for a Homestar rating.

This one-day workshop we will be taught using the designPH v1.5 plugin to SketchUp and the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) v9 in Microsoft Excel. The latest versions of designPH and PHPP are available at a special discounted price of $530+GST for those registered for the class. Once you sign up you will receive directions on how to order and a discount code (valid only until 23 February 2018).

It is possible to attend the class and participate using a demo version of designPH installed into SketchUp Make (all free), however these have limited capabilities and you will not be able to complete all the class exercises.


On the day of the course, at a minimum, you will need a laptop and mouse (scroll wheel) with SketchUp Make and designPH Demo v1.5 installed. Ideally you would have the full version of designPH v1.5+PHPP v9 installed along with Microsoft Excel version 2007 or higher installed. Again if you only have the Demo version of designPH you will be able to complete most of the class exercises but not a full Homestar v4 energy model.

Course participants

This course is designed for architects, architectural designers and drafters; you know buildings but no knowledge of energy modeling is assumed.

This workshop is facilitated by Jason Quinn

CPD points available:

NZIA: 60 NZRAB points

ADNZ: 10 CPD points

NZGBC: 12 FE points

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