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Building Envelope

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Exercise 1.2.1: Modeling Exterior and Interior Walls

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Edit a wall's constraints and instance properties.
  • Define a wall's structure and adjust the material wrapping settings.
  • Add design features to a wall, such as sweeps and reveals.
  • Use and modify stacked wall types.
  • Edit wall boundaries to create custom shapes.
Figure 1.2.1 - Regular walls and stacked walls with edited boundaries

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Student Exercise

Download Unit1_Lesson2_Exercise1_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Select and Change the type from Generic – 8" to Exterior – Brick.
  • Create a new wall Type called Wood Panel Wall and specify the following structure starting from the exterior side:
    • Finish 2 [5] layer of Horizontal Panel Wood with 1/2" thickness. This layer wraps.
    • Structure [1] layer of Stud Layer Wood with 1 5/8" thickness.
    • Finish 2 [5] layer of Horizontal Panel Wood with 1/2" thickness. This layer wraps.
  • Change all the interior walls to this new wall type Wood Panel Wall.
  • Also change the exterior living room walls indicated on the Ground Floor plan view with the text annotation Panel to the Wood Panel Wall.
  • Open the default 3D view, and select the interior walls that protrude through the roof. Attach these walls to the base of the roof

 

Figure 1.2.2 - Residence with newly specified interior and exterior wall types

 

Exercise 1.2.2: Adding Doors and Windows

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Add doors and windows to a building model by choosing their type and placing components in host walls.
  • Change door and window placement.
  • Change door and window height properties.
Figure 1.2.3 - Placing windows and setting their properties

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Student Exercise

Download Unit1_Lesson2_Exercise2_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Open the plan view of the project model and zoom in to focus on the living room area, which features a row of doors on the east side and a row of windows on the west side.
  • Change the view’s display style to wireframe so you can easily see the underlay drawing indicating the locations of the doors and windows to be placed.
  • Place a Double-Glass type door at one end of the east wall, and then array it to create three instances as shown in Figure 1.2.4. Use the underlay drawing to determine the position of the first door you are placing, and use the width of the door as the distance between elements of the array.
  • Create a similar array of Casement Dbl with Trim type windows in the dining and bedroom areas as shown in Figure 1.2.5. Use the underlay drawing to determine the position of the first window and use the width of the window as the distance between elements of the array.

 

Figure 1.2.4 - Arrayed doors in the living room area

Figure 1.2.5 - Arrayed windows in the dining area

 

Exercise 1.2.3: Creating Roofs and Floors

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Create roofs by specifying their footprint and adjusting their properties.
  • Modify a roof footprint and slope-defining edges to fine-tune the shape and create various roof shapes and forms.
  • Create a custom roof form by extruding a roof surface from a sketched profile.
Figure 1.2.6 - A roof created by extruding a surface from a sketched profile

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Student Exercise

Download Unit1_Lesson2_Exercise3_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Create a new roof by footprint over the triangular main living area of the project model. Trace the red model lines in the Roof – Living & Bedrooms plan view as the boundary of the roof and specify that all edges will be slope-defining.
  • Create another roof by footprint over the southeast bedroom wing by tracing the green and blue model lines in the plan view. All edges of this roof should be specified as slope-defining, except for the green boundary (as this edge will be joined with the living area roof).
  • Join the non-sloping edge of this bedroom area roof to the closest face of the living area roof to create a single roof as shown in Figure 1.2.7.

 

Figure 1.2.7 - Roof composed of several joined roof elements