PassivLink Lite

PassivLink Lite

Win64, English

Glauco Estudio
PassivLink is an add-in that enables direct export of data from Autodesk® Revit® to PHPP, the energy efficiency tool used by Passivhaus designers.

General Usage Instructions

PassivLink work-flow is simple, and it is essentially a 4 step process.

1. Create the PassivLink parameters using the “create” button.

2. Select and check elements that form part of the thermal envelope.

3. Assign default values or write them.

4. Export them to PHPP.

 HOW CAN I CREATE THE PARAMETERS?

 Using the Create parameters button located on the PassivLink tab.

 HOW CAN I SELECT THE TFA AND THERMAL ENVELOPE ELEMENTS?

Just by checking the “PL_Select_Thermal envelope” or  “PL_Select_Forms part of the TFA” shared parameter that PassivLink has created in the project. You can find this parameter in the properties palette of walls, floors, roofs, windows, doors, and Rooms, after using the Create button.

HOW CAN I ASSIGN VALUES TO THE PROJECT ELEMENTS?

You can do that by clicking on the Default values button or by writing them in the properties palette.  You can also edit the values that the button writes any time you want. The button will only create parameters if they have not been written before. If no value is written PassivLink will only export the dimensions of the selected elements.

HOW CAN I EXPORT DATA TO PHPP?

By clicking any of the export buttons while both Revit and PHPP are open.

 INSTRUCTIONS DOCUMENT

You can find the Addin instructions in https://www.passivlink.com/instructions and inside the installation folder. You can also access the instructions while using PassivLink and pressing F1 when hovering one of the PassivLink tools.

Screenshots

Commands

Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

Create Parameters

This button creates the project shared parameters that we can use to identify and export Thermal Envelope and TFA areas.

Default Values

This button assigns the most frequent values found in Passivhaus projects to the previously created project shared parameters.

Walls

This button exports: Building assembly descr. Group number. Quantity. User determined m2.Deviation from the north. Inclination angle. Reduction factor shading. Exterior absorptivity. Exterior emissivity.

Floors

This button exports: Building assembly descr. Group number. Quantity.User determined m2. Deviation from north. Inclination angle. Exterior absorptivity and Exterior emissivity.

Roofs

This button exports: Building assembly descr. Group number. Quantity. User determined m2. Deviation from north. Inclination angle. Reduction factor shading. Exterior absorptivity. Exterior emissivity.

Windows

This button exports: Quantity. Building assembly descr. Width and height. Installed in. Installation situation (Left, Right, Bottom, Top) Comfort exemption.

Doors

This button exports doors to the area sheet, independent cell or windows sheet: Building assembly descr. Group number. Quantity. User determined m2. Deviation from north. Inclination angle. Reduction factor shading. Exterior absorptivity Exterior emissivity.

TFA

This button exports: The TFA user determined m2.

Add Faces

The add faces button allows the user to select some areas that has not been exported and add them to any desired cell in the PHPP.

Subtract Faces

The add faces button allows the user to select some areas in the model and subtract them to any desired cell in the PHPP, allowing users to work roof overhangs.

All Data

This command exports all data at once.

Mitter Joints

This button changes all the wall joints in the project to miter joints, so PassivLink can export the complete outer face area when we export walls.

Installation/Uninstallation

The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

This version of PassivLink is the first commercial version of the Add-in and it is available as a subscription.

How does the subscription work?

Users can pay the subscription using their Autodesk ID and Paypal account or credit card. The subscription will be activated until the users decide to finish it, which they can do by managing their subscriptions in their Paypal accounts or by contacting us to info@glaucoestudio.com.

What happens after the subscription expires?

The subscription will be active until users decide to actively finish it.

How does the app work after renewing the subscription?

The app will keep working as long as the subscription is kept active. 

In 2019, we will release a more advanced version of PassivLink. Our aim is to add features like thermal bridges and building assemblies exportation and start to provide solutions for shadow calculation, which we have already started to try.

With your Help, we will keep making PassivLink better!

Known Issues

Issue nº 1: Groups must be ungrouped when there are multiple instances if we want the default values button to write the values on its elements. An alternative is writing them manually getting inside the group.

Issue nº 2: PassivLink doesn’t export data from external references. For big projects, you might need to use some time to prepare the project for exportation.

IMPORTANT: Both Revit and PHPP need to be open for PassivLink to work. If PHPP is not open, PassivLink will ask you to open it.

Contact

Company Name: Glauco Estudio
Support Contact: info@glaucoestudio.com

Author/Company Information

Glauco Estudio

Support Information

If you have any questions or special needs, please contact us at info@glaucoestudio.com. We are happy to help.

PLEASE, WRITE US IF YOU WANT TO TRY THE ADD-IN BEFORE SUBSCRIBING. WE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH A TESTING COPY THAT YOU CAN TRY FOR TWO WEEKS.

Version History

Version Number Version Description

1.1.1

This version of Passivlink Lite exports walls, roofs, floors, windows, doors, and TFA data to PHPP. We have implemented some changes and made some corrections (1.1) to the add-in, which is more robust than before: - The pick faces tool has evolved into 2 new tools: Add Faces and Subtract faces. - You are able to select regions within a face with the Add/Subtract faces tool. - We have incorporated a function that switches the Deviation from North when working on the southern hemisphere.

1.1

This version of Passivlink Lite exports walls, roofs, floors, windows, doors, and TFA data to PHPP. We have implemented some changes and made some corrections (1.1) to the add-in, which is more robust than before: - The pick faces tool has evolved into 2 new tools: Add Faces and Subtract faces. - You are able to select regions within a face with the Add/Subtract faces tool. - We have incorporated a function that switches the Deviation from North when working on the southern hemisphere.

1.0.0

This first version of Passivlink Lite exports walls, roofs, floors, windows, doors, and TFA data to PHPP.

Testing

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