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I am interested to make contact with any Architects / Designers based in Europe who are using Vectorworks and the Energos Module in any form to design a Passivhaus project. We are interested to see how you use Energos in relation to the Passivhaus PHP. Please make contact via the community board so that we can start a dialogue on this.
When you create a wall style and other styles (roof or slab) for a Passivhaus project you cannot do this in the way that you need to. If you are using traditional timber framing with insulation there is no way to add the Lambda value for the both the timber and the insulation used within the timber framing. See attached image. If you are using a SIPS panel then you can readily do this. But check out some of the construction methods here and you will see the need for this to be amended.
There seems to be a fundamental flaw which renders the Energos module very difficult to use. Are there are deficiencies in the way it is implemented or are we missing something. I have reviewed this with Jonathan Pickup and we have both come to this conclusion. If you look at Energos Project Settings and USAGE you will see only Residential (very limited options) If you look at the Energy Analysis Folder in the Libraries you see many other usage settings - hotel, ;ibrary museum etc. However there is no drop down list to allow you to select anything apart from residential. A similar situation appears for SYSTEMS where a search of the Energy Analysis folder shows many varied systems. So my question is how do we address what is in the library from these windows? We can accept that country specific data is then required for a project to be drawn but the setup leaves much to be desired.