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Curtain Systems

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Exercise 1.3.1: Creating Curtain Walls

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Create new curtain walls.
  • Change the type of an existing wall to a curtain wall.
  • Adjust the placement and orientation of curtain walls.
  • Define curtain wall type properties to automatically place curtain grids and mullions.
Figure 1.3.2 - Creating new curtain walls

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Student Exercise

Download Unit1_Lesson3_Exercise1_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Create a new curtain wall type called Residence NorthWall by changing the type of the exterior wall at the north side of the residence to Curtain Wall 2, duplicating it, and renaming it.
  • Adjust the type properties of the north wall to specify a layout with a fixed number of panels as the vertical and horizontal grid pattern, then adjust the instance properties in order to create a grid layout that matches the pattern shown in Figure 1.3.3.

 

Figure 1.3.3 - Initial curtain grid layout on the north side of the residence

Exercise 1.3.2: Adjusting Grid Lines

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Add new grids to existing curtain walls.
  • Edit existing curtain grid lines and segments.
  • Add mullions to curtain grid lines.
  • Pin and unpin curtain system elements to prevent or allow changes to the layout.
Figure 1.3.4 - Pinning curtain system elements

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Student Exercise

Download Unit1_Lesson3_Exercise2_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Modify the curtain wall on the north side of the residence by adding and removing curtain grid lines to match the pattern shown in Figure 1.3.5.
  • Complete the design by adding mullions to all the grid lines on the north wall.



Figure 1.3.5 - New grids and mullions in curtain grid layout on the north side of the residence

Exercise 1.3.3: Choosing and Creating Curtain Panel Types

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Select individual curtain wall panels.
  • Change curtain wall panels to different types.
  • Select multiple curtain wall panels to be modified at once.
  • Create new curtain panel types and specifying their properties.
Figure 1.3.6 Specifying curtain panel type properties

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Student Exercise

Download Unit1_Lesson3_Exercise3_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Change the indicated curtain panels on the north wall of the residence (shown in Figure 1.3.7) from glazed panels to a new type called Solid – White.
  • Create a new panel type for panel 2 by editing its current type, renaming it Solid – Gray, and assigning it the material named Gray Panel.
  • Create a new panel type for panel 17 by editing its current type, renaming it Wood – Dark, and assigning it the material named Wood Panel – Dark.



Figure 1.3.7 - Panels to be changed in curtain grid layout on the north side of the residence

Exercise 1.3.4: Placing Doors in Curtain Walls

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Adjust curtain grid segments to create a panel with the dimensions for a desired door opening.
  • Change a curtain wall panel element into a single or double door.
Figure 1.3.8 - Changing a curtain panel to a single door

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Student Exercise

Download Unit1_Lesson3_Exercise4_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Modify the curtain grid segments on the south side of the studio to match the layout shown in Figure 1.3.9. The width of the new door panel should be three times the width of the adjacent fixed panel to the right.
  • Change the door panel to the type called Curtain Wall Single Door – Wood and change the remaining panel types as needed to match the appearance shown in Figure 1.3.9.




Figure 1.3.9 - Wooden door panel in grid layout on the south side of the studio