Brief Instructions

Brief Instructions

PHPP CopyrightPHPP 1998-2022Passive House Institute
B r i e f    i n s t r u c t i o n s Version 10.4a EN
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Explanation of cell formats:
Example Cell format Meaning
78.8 light yellow Input field: Please enter the required value here
01ud Triple-low-e Kr08 light yellow, drop-down list Input field with drop-down list (click on cell to display options field)
80 grey, protected Link (through Variants-macro). Attention: do not overwrite!
6619 white, protected Calculation field; please do not change
126.0 green, protected Important result
Overview of worksheets:
Worksheet name (to show/hide worksheets please use the separate 'Profile settings' tool) Function Brief description Required for certification?
Verification Building data; summary of results Building description, summary of results, verification of compliance with criteria yes
Overview Overview of the specific data of the project entered In-depth project description, overview of all results and input variables, specific details on building envelope, building services systems as well as general information. no
Check Data entry assistance Information in case PHPP does not calculate, overview of errors, plausibility checks yes
Variants Calculation of variants Input parameters and results for variant calculation, predefined fields for frequent entries as well as user-defined area. no
Comparison Comparison between two variants Comparison between two variants from the perspective of energy demand and economic viability. Input of comparison configurations. no
PHeco Cost efficiency calculation Life cycle costs of different variants can be compared. no
Moni Comparison of PHPP calculation and measured values The PHPP calculation is adapted to the real boundary conditions of the year under consideration and compared with the measured consumption. no
Climate Climate region selection or definition of user-defined data Climate data for the worksheets: Annual heating, Windows, Heating Load, Heating, Summer, Cooling, Cooling units, Cooling Load and location specific PER factors yes
U-values Calculation of standard building assembly U-values Calculation of heat transfer coefficients according to DIN EN ISO 6946, secondary calculations and calculations for special cases yes
Areas Areas summary Building component areas, thermal bridges, Treated Floor Area. Pay attention to the external dimension reference! Additional calculation for internal downpipes yes
Ground Calculation of the temperature reduction factors against the ground More precise calculation of heat losses through the ground optional
Components Building component database Database of certified, Passive House suitable components and entry of user-defined components yes
Windows Determination of the U-value for windows and doors Input of geometry, orientation, frame lengths, frame widths, Ug and U-values of the frame, and the thermal bridge heat loss coefficients of the connections; from these inputs, determine UW and total radiation. yes
Shading Determination of shading reduction factors Input of shading parameters, e.g. balcony, neighbouring building, window reveal and calculating the shading reduction factors yes
Ventilation Air quantities and supply air/extract air balance for the heating period, input of the airtightness test result Sizing the ventilation system from extract and supply air requirements, infiltration air change rate and actual efficiency of heat recovery, input of pressurisation test results yes
Addl vent Design and planning of ventilation systems with diverse ventilation units Extension of the 'Ventilation' worksheet for dimensioning airflows, for special building uses and systems with various ventilation units if applicable
Addl vent. 2 Design and planning of ventilation systems with diverse ventilation units The copy of the Addl. vent. worksheet is used if the 'Addl vent.' worksheet is not sufficient. if applicable
Annual heating Annual heating demand / annual method (only informative) Calculation of the annual heating demand according to the heating period method based on EN 13790: Transmission + ventilation - h (solar offer + internal sources) no
Heating Heating demand calculation by the monthly method according to ISO 52016 Calculation procedure for the monthly method based on DIN EN ISO 52016 yes
Heating load Building heating load calculation Calculation of the nominal heating load according to heat balance for the design period: Transmission + ventilation - (solar offer + internal sources) yes
SummVent Determination of summer ventilation Summer ventilation and estimation of airflow rates for summer window ventilation yes
Summer Assessment of summer climate Calculation of the frequency of overheating as a measure of summer comfort In case of no active cooling
Cooling Monthly method for cooling demand Annual useful cooling demand calculation
Cooling units Latent cooling energy Calculation of the energy demand for dehumidification and choice of cooling method In case of active cooling
Cooling load Building cooling load calculation Calculation of the daily average cooling load of the building
DHW+Distribution Distribution losses; DHW requirement and losses Calculation of the heat losses of the distribution lines (heating, DHW, cooling); calculation of the useful heat demand for DHW and storage losses yes
SolarDHW Solar DHW generation Solar contribution calculation for DHW and supplementary space heating contribution if present
PV Photovoltaic power generation Electricity generation calculation of PV system if present
Electricity Electricity demand for dwellings Calculation of the electricity demand of Passive Houses with residential use For residential buildings
Use non-res Utilisation profiles non-residential Input or selection of utilisation profiles for planning of electricity demand and internal heat gains For non-residential buildings
Electricity non-res Electricity demand for non-residential use Calculation of the electricity demand for lighting, equipment and kitchens of non-residential buildings, as well as the total electricity demand incl. heating, cooling/dehumidification and DHW For non-residential buildings
Aux Electricity Auxiliary electricity demand Calculation of auxiliary electricity and corresponding primary energy demand yes
IHG Internal heat gains residential buildings Calculation of the internal heat gains based on the 'Electricity' and 'Aux Electricity' worksheets. For residential buildings in case of no standard IHG
IHG non-res Internal heat gains non-residential buildings Calculation of the internal heat gains for non-residential buildings based on the 'Electricity non-res' worksheet and the occupancy For non-residential buildings in case of no standard IHG
PER Specific primary energy and CO2 demands Selection of heat generators, calculation of the primary energy and CO2 specific demands from the present results yes
Compact Performance ratio of heat generatorHP-compact unit Calculation of the performance ratio of combined heat generation for heating and DHW by means of an electric heat pump compact unit exclusively, considering the specific project boundary conditions. if present
HP Performance ratio of heat generation of the heat pump Calculation of the performance ratio for heat generation for one to two electric-run heat pumps, considering the specific project boundary conditions. if present
HP Ground Ground probe or ground collector in combination with a heat pump Heat source calculation for a ground probe or horizontal subsoil heat exchanger for ground-coupled heat pumps, considering the specific project boundary conditions. if present
Boiler Performance ratio of heat generatorBoiler For the calculation of the performance ratio of heat generation with standard boilers (NT and calorific boilers) for the project given boundary conditions. if present
District Heating District heat transfer station Calculation of the final and primary energy demands (heat) if present
Data Database Table of primary energy (PE) factors no