Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Wall Closure

Ja, it's been awhile......

Here is one I get regularly!

"How do I get to control the distance or nature of the wall closure wrapping of the exterior wall finish at a door or window?"

Default scenario

Controlled scenario

It's easy! It's all in the Family!

Edit the Family that you are using as an insert. In this case I am using a door.

Using the "Ref Plane" tool draw a new reference plane along the inside of the wall

-This one here - away from the center ref plane

Select that new reference plane and go to its Element Properties. Tick or check the box parameter which is "Wall Closure"

This in effect, cancels the Revit default Wall closure along the center of the wall , and places the wall closure on the custom plane you just created. To be able to control the distance of that plane all you need to do is add a dimension and label it. In this example I selected to name that parameter "Closure"

1. Dimension from the new reference plane to the exterior reference plane (or Interior, which ever is your preference)
2. Select the dimension and on the Options Bar (Top Center of your Screen) next to "Label: click on the little drop down arrow and "Add parameter...."
3. Give it a name. (e.g. Closure) and remember to place it in the correct group (e.g. Dimensions)
4. Load your revised family into the project. (click on "Load Into Project" on the Design Bar)
Select the Family and from its properties you will now be able to control the Wall Closure via the "Closure Parameter.

Have fun!

I hope to get back into the swing of things and post more regularly. So watch this space!!