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Getting Started with Autodesk Revit Building

August 2006

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Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Creating a Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Creating Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Creating Terrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Adding Exterior Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Adding a Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Adding Floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Adding Interior Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Adding Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Adding Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Adding a Curtain Wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Attaching Walls to the Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Modifying the Entry Deck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Adding a Sloped Floor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Adding Stairs and Railings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Modifying the Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Documenting the Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Creating a Solar Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Creating a Sheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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you learn how to use the features of Revit Building to design. and document a building.Getting Started 1 Welcome to Autodesk® Revit Building. 1 . and the parametric change engine in Revit Building coordinates those changes in all other views. Revit Building is designed to accommodate various ways of working. In this short tutorial. so that you can concentrate on your building models rather than on adapting your methodology to the demands of the software. You learn how you can make design changes in any view of the building. We hope you enjoy learning and using this revolutionary parametric building modeller. change.

Type Selector On the left side of the Options Bar is the Type Selector. a metric value is displayed in square brackets ([ ]) next to it. Menu Bar and Toolbar At the top of the window is the standard Microsoft® Windows®-based menu bar. Note that the imperial and metric values are not direct conversions. Exploring the User Interface When the Revit Building window is displayed. from which you can access all Revit Building commands. or plot projects that have not been edited. allowing you to export. a drop-down menu that lists different types of elements to add to a project. This means that when you see an imperial value. all metric measurements are in millimeters. which displays command options for the current operation. but appropriate values for completing either the imperial or metric project. Icons on the Toolbar are buttons for executing common Revit Building commands. Options Bar Below the Toolbar is the Options Bar. install the software and register it as either demo or subscription. the Options Bar displays options related to the Wall command. Demo mode serves as a no-cost viewer. You can choose an element type by selecting it from the drop-down menu of the Type Selector. take a minute to view the different sections. Imperial and Metric Convention The exercises in this guide contain both imperial and metric values. All audiences using the metric measurements should follow the metric values in brackets only. print. For example: Offset the door 6'' [150 mm] from the end of the wall. If you click Wall on the Design Bar on the left side of the Revit Building window.Introduction Installation Before beginning the exercises. 2 | Chapter 1 Getting Started .

Creating a Project In this first exercise. Status Bar At the lower left corner of the drawing area is the Status Bar. is the View Control Bar. families. which lists the tools available for the currently selected tab. In the New Project dialog. you create and name a project in which you will create the building model shown below. right-click on the Design Bar. and temporary hide/isolate. Room and Area. To display a single tab. A convenient way to open a view is to double-click the view name in the Project Browser list. drafting. and groups in the project. click Browse. advanced model graphics. and rendered views. Some views. click the tab name. Massing. The exercises show how easy it is to design a simple building with no previous experience. Creating a Project | 3 . The controls are graphical shortcuts to various View commands. you can start your first project. Structural. Modelling. View Control Bar At the lower left corner of the drawing area. You can select any of the items listed in the Project Browser. crop region.Properties Button To the right of the Type Selector is the Properties button various parameters of a selected component. which accesses a dialog in which you can change Design Bar On the left side of the Revit Building window is the Design Bar. have limited controls. The Project Browser is a listing of all views. Project Browser To the right of the Design Bar is the Project Browser. Rendering. 1 Create a project: ■ ■ Click File menu ➤ New ➤ Project. graphics style. . To see all the tabs. Drafting. above the Status Bar. In this project. and Construction. detail level. such as sheets. Site. namely scale. you use some of the basic commands found in Revit Building. There are 10 tabs: Basics. View. which displays the status of the current command or the name of a highlighted element. Getting Started Now that you have explored the interface.

For File name. to zoom to a specific region. 4 Rename levels: ■ Double-click the Level 1 text. In the left pane of the Save As dialog.rte]. and then. ■ 2 Name and save the project file: ■ ■ Click File menu ➤ Save. in the file window. ■ Use the same technique to rename Level 2 and its corresponding views as 01 Lower Level.rte [DefaultMetric. Use a number as a prefix to the name so the plans are sorted by level. Note that the cursor is changed to a magnifying glass. scroll down. and click Open. click Training Files. double-click Imperial [Metric]. The area within the rectangle is magnified to fill the drawing area so that you can work with the level marker text. In the Choose Template dialog. Click OK. The floor and ceiling plans for Level 1 are renamed 00 Foundation. double-click South. and click Save.■ ■ In the left pane of the Choose template dialog. under Elevations (Building Elevation). ■ 3 Zoom to a view: ■ ■ In the Project Browser. move the cursor diagonally to draw a rectangle around the level markers. ■ In the alert dialog. open Imperial\Templates [Metric\Templates]. select default. enter Getting_Started. and then press ENTER. ■ In the drawing area. and click the Training Files icon. Enter ZR. click Yes to rename corresponding views. enter 00 Foundation. 4 | Chapter 1 Getting Started .

enter 22' [6900]. click Wall. click . and press ENTER. 3 In the Type Selector. double-click 00 Foundation to open that view in the drawing area. ■ ■ In the drawing area. On the Design Bar. click to create a level (Level 3). Move the cursor to the right. you work on different levels to add foundation walls to the project. 4 On the Options Bar: Click . On the Options Bar. move the cursor up. ■ 6 On the Design Bar. enter 40' [12000]. verify that Wall Centerline is selected. 7 Rename the new levels and all corresponding views: ■ ■ Level 3: Rename as 02 Entry Level Level 4: Rename as 03 Roof 8 Double-click the level dimensions. draw walls on the foundation level: ■ ■ Click in the lower-right quadrant to select the wall start point. 10 Save the project file. enter 10' [3000]. for Offset. enter 40' [12000]. Creating Walls In this exercise. and enter new values: ■ ■ ■ ■ 0'0'' [0]: Change to -14'0'' [-5200] 10'0'' [4000]: Change to -10'0'' [-3000] 20'0'' [7000]: Change to 0'0'' [0] 30'0'' [10000]: Change to 10'0'' [3000] 9 On the Design Bar. and. Creating Walls | 5 . and press ENTER. Revit Building uses the units specified in the project template. click Modify to end the command. ■ ■ Beginning at the new endpoint. For Loc Line. ■ ■ ■ ■ For Height. select Basic Wall : Retaining .300mm Concrete]. click Level. NOTE You do not need to specify the unit. 2 On the Design Bar. 1 In the Project Browser. highlight the 01 Lower Level line. under Floor Plans.5 Create levels in the building: ■ ■ Enter ZO to zoom out. select 02 Entry Level. Verify that Chain is selected. Use the same technique to create a level above Level 3. click Modify.12'' Concrete [Basic Wall : Retaining . 5 In the drawing area. when a dashed line is displayed above the level line. Move the cursor to the left. and press ENTER.

8 On the Design Bar. select 00 Foundation.12'' Concrete [Basic Wall : Foundation . enter 5' [1500]. click Wall. 6 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . Click in the upper-right corner of the drawing area to place the camera. for Depth. under Floor Plans. Move the cursor up. click the right endpoint of the south wall as the wall start point. 2 Create a 3D view: ■ ■ ■ On the View tab of the Design Bar. Creating Terrain In this exercise. enter 10' 6'' [3150]. you create a 3D view and add a toposurface to the building site. click Modify. click Camera. 9 In the Type Selector. Move the cursor to the right. select Basic Wall : Foundation . and press ENTER. 11 Draw walls on the lower level: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ In the drawing area.6 On the Design Bar. 7 In the Project Browser. double-click 01 Lower Level. Move the cursor up. 1 In the Project Browser. and press ENTER. ■ Select the right endpoint of the north wall to complete the chain and connect the walls.300mm Concrete]. and select the intersection with the extension of the north wall. Click to place the camera target point. 10 On the Options Bar. click Modify to exit the command. under Floor Plans. enter 6' 6'' [1950]. 12 On the Design Bar. Move the cursor to the right. double-click 02 Entry Level. and press ENTER. as shown.

Drag the blue circular controls so that you can see the building. 4 In the Rename View dialog. Creating Terrain | 7 . ■ ■ On the Options Bar. Select points. click Toposurface. as shown. 5 Create a graded building site: ■ ■ ■ ■ In the Project Browser. enter To Building.A 3D view is created. and click Rename. expand 3D Views. On the Options Bar. enter -10' [-3000]. On the Site tab of the Design Bar. for Elevation. right-click 3D View 1. under Floor Plans. 3 In the Project Browser. The view you create may differ slightly from the illustrations in the exercises because of minor variations in camera placement. and click OK. double-click Site. for Elevation. as shown. Select points to the left of the building. enter -0' 6'' [-150].

as shown. as shown. and then click Lines. ■ On the Design Bar. Select points to the right of the building.Contour lines are displayed. On the Options Bar. enter -11' [-3300]. click Pad. 6 Create a pad surface: ■ On the Design Bar. ■ ■ Select the outer endpoint at the lower left of the building. click Finish Surface. ■ ■ On the Options Bar. 8 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . click .

■ ■ Select the outer endpoint at the upper right of the building. click Wall. select 03 Roof. Adding Exterior Walls In this exercise. or point files. the height of the walls will also change. 1 Add walls to the entry level: ■ ■ ■ ■ In the Project Browser. for Height. ■ ■ Beginning at the bottom right. Adding Exterior Walls | 9 . On the Design Bar. On the Options Bar. click Finish Sketch. In this exercise. However. On the Options Bar. After you draw the walls. under Floor Plans. On the Design Bar. 2 Add walls to the lower level: ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. DXF. In the Type Selector. complex site models created by civil engineering professionals will be provided to you in DWG.6'' [200mm]. DGN. trace the interior of the 3 existing retaining walls by selecting endpoints. select Core Face: Interior. double-click 02 Entry Level. On the Design Bar. for Height. The Height setting defines how tall the wall is and establishes a relationship between the walls and the roof. click Wall. if you change the roof height. You use the Draw option to create exterior walls that extend to the roof level. you created a simple toposurface in Revit Building by selecting points. 7 Open the To Building 3D view to see the results. You can import these files into your Revit Building project where you can automatically generate a terrain using the Toposurface tool. select 03 Roof. for most projects. you build upon the foundation walls. click Modify. select Basic Wall : Generic . and for Loc Line. On the Basics tab of the Design Bar.

you can close the roof sketch. You specify an offset as you create the roof so that the roof has an overhang. click . Using the Trim/Extend tool. ■ On the Design Bar. Repeat for the west and south roof lines. enter 3' [900]. 3 Open the To Building 3D view. Repeat for the north and east walls. and clear Defines slope. click to place the roof line. and then click Lines.■ ■ Beginning at the upper right. click Modify. trace the interior of the foundation walls by selecting endpoints. click Finish Roof. verify that Defines slope is selected. 1 Open the 03 Roof floor plan. ■ ■ In the drawing area. ■ Select the east roof line. 4 Complete the roof sketch: ■ On the Tools toolbar. and then select the south roof line. click . On the Design Bar. 2 Draw a roof line: ■ ■ ■ On the Design Bar. highlight the west wall. 3 Create offset roof lines: On the Options Bar. Adding a Roof In this exercise. Beginning at the bottom right. click Roof ➤ Roof by Footprint. 10 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . On the Options Bar. when a dashed line is displayed on the exterior of the wall. you create a roof using the footprint of the exterior walls. trace the exterior edge of the south wall by selecting endpoints. for Offset.

click Modify. On the Design Bar. If the floor lines do not create a closed sketch. 3 Enter ZR. for Rise/12'' [Slope Angle].5 Modify the roof slope: Select the roof. select the interior of the walls. and zoom in to the corner of the model. and click . to sketch the floors. You use 2 different sketching options. enter 1'' [10]. 1 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. you must sketch them first in a sketch editor. and verify that Offset is 0. On the Design Bar. the sketch must be a closed loop with no disconnected or crossing lines. ■ ■ ■ Beginning with the north wall and moving counterclockwise. ■ ■ In the Element Properties dialog. the sketch is invalid and you need to clean the lines up. Adding Floors In this exercise. click Modify. click . click Floor. and then click Lines. ■ 6 Open the To Building 3D view. On the Options Bar. you create floors in the building model. Pick and Draw. To be valid. Modify the crop region as necessary to see the roof. under Dimensions. and click OK. Adding Floors | 11 . 2 Create a floor using the Pick method: ■ On the Design Bar. To create floors in Revit Building.

click No. Trim as necessary.4 Create a closed sketch: ■ ■ On the Options Bar. click Finish Sketch. the walls that finish on the lower level would be trimmed to the underside of the floor. and then click Lines. and click. and click to draw the sketch line. 5 In the alert dialog. click . Move the cursor down 16'6'' [5300] to align with the outside of the wall. selecting the portion of each line you want to retain. ■ ■ Enter ZP to zoom to the previous display. click to trim the sketch lines. Move the cursor to the left. Move the cursor to the right 36' [10000]. 8 View the floors in 3D: ■ Open the To Building 3D view. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ On the Design Bar. On the Options Bar. If you clicked Yes. select the lower endpoint of the west wall. Move the cursor to the right 25' [9000]. ■ ■ Beginning at the lower-left interior corner. and click. and click to specify the point. 12 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . and verify that Chain is selected. On the Design Bar. 7 In the alert dialog. 6 Create a floor using the Draw method: ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. and select the endpoint at the bottom left corner of the model to complete the floor sketch. click No. and then select the upper endpoint. On the Design Bar. Move the cursor down 4'6' [1300] to align with the inside of the wall. click Floor. click Finish Sketch.

move the cursor 26' [8000] along the north wall. Adding Interior Walls In this exercise. click Hide/Isolate ➤ Hide Object. 3 In the Type Selector. you add walls on the lower level and the entry level. ■ ■ ■ ■ For Height. On the View Control Bar. Right-click on the wall. ■ On the View Control Bar. 4 On the Options Bar: Click . ■ ■ On the View Control Bar. 2 On the Design Bar. 5 Add walls: ■ Beginning at the west wall. and then modify the walls to create rooms in the building.■ Select the wall as shown. click Wall. and click to select the wall start point. 1 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. click Hide/Isolate ➤ Reset Temporary Hide/Isolate. For Loc Line. and click Create Similar. select Wall Centerline. The selected wall is temporarily hidden so that you can see the interior floors. select Basic Wall : Generic .6'' [200mm]. ■ ■ Adding Interior Walls | 13 . click Model Graphics Style ➤ Shading. click Modify to exit the command. Verify that Chain is cleared. select 02 Entry Level. On the Design Bar. and click on the south wall to complete wall 1. Move the cursor down.

as shown. Trim the split wall to create a corridor. click . 14 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . and click on wall 1 in the area indicated by the short line in the previous ■ ■ . click Modify. place additional walls to create rooms. 6 Modify walls to create a corridor: ■ On the Options Bar. Using the following illustration as a guide. click illustration. and click Create Similar. 8 Draw walls: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. On the Options Bar. 7 On the Design Bar.■ Using the following illustration as a guide. Right-click on the half-tone walls shown in the underlay of the lower level. place additional walls to create rooms.

Double-Glass 2. select Single-Glass 2 : 36'' x 84'' [M_Single-Glass 2 : 0915 x 2134mm]. click Door. You can load additional door types from the library. click Load. click Door. On the Design Bar. scroll down. and then click Modify. Adding Doors In this exercise. Open Imperial\Families\Doors [Metric\Families\Doors]. you load doors from the library into the project.rfa. In the left pane of the Open dialog. click Modify.rfa. ■ 3 Add exterior doors: ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. Place the door in the short vertical wall. In the Type Selector. In the Type Selector. as shown. ■ ■ In the Type Selector.9 On the Design Bar. clear Tag on Placement.rfa]. add a door to the east wall as shown.rfa [M_Bifold-4 Panel. Place the door in the north wall 7' [2100mm] from the end of the retaining wall. Click Open. ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. Adding Doors | 15 . 1 On the Basics tab of the Design Bar. 2 Load doors from the library: ■ ■ ■ ■ On the Options Bar. While pressing CTRL. as shown.rfa. There are a limited number of door types in the project because there were few in the default template. M_Double-Glass 2. On the Design Bar. Single-Glass 2. and then add interior and exterior doors to the model.rfa. The walls defining the rooms on the lower level and the entry level are complete. On the Options Bar. select Double-Glass 2 : 72'' x 84'' [M_Double-Glass 2 : 1830 x 2134mm]. and click the Training Files icon. select the door types: Bifold-4 Panel. select Double-Glass 2 : 72'' x 84'' [M_Double-Glass 2 : 1830 x 2134mm]. M_Single-Glass 2. click Door.

as shown.NOTE To change the swing direction as you place a door. click the flip arrows. click Hide/Isolate ➤ Hide Category. select Single-Flush : 32'' x 84'' [M_Single-Flush : 0813 x 2134mm]. ■ In the Type Selector. select Bifold-4 Panel : 72'' x 84'' [M_Bifold-4 Panel : 1830 x 2134mm]. 16 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . and then place 2 doors. select a wall. click Hide/Isolate ➤ Reset Temporary Hide/Isolate. as shown. In the Type Selector. 6 For an unobstructed view of the doors. To change the swing after a door is placed. press Spacebar. as shown. and on the View Control Bar. 4 Add interior doors: ■ In the Type Selector. and add 2 doors. 5 Open the To Building 3D view. ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. 7 On the View Control Bar. and place 2 doors. select Single-Flush : 30'' x 84'' [M_Single-Flush : 0762 x 2134mm].

Open Imperial\Families\Windows [Metric\Families\Windows]. Select the window and edit the temporary dimensions. move the windows to resolve the conflict with the wall: ■ Select the right window. and then click OK twice. as needed. Adding Windows | 17 . and click Open. You will resolve any conflict by moving the windows while in a floor plan view. In the Element Properties dialog. right-click. click Edit. clear Tag on Placement.rfa]. On the Design Bar. they are above the current view range for the plan. and drag it 2' 6'' [200mm] to the left side of the interior wall.rfa [M_Casement 3x3 with Trim. In the left pane of the Open dialog. a warning about the conflict is displayed. 4 If necessary. Select Casement 3x3 with Trim. for View Range. 3 Modify the view range: ■ ■ ■ In the drawing area. and click View Properties. Because the windows are at the top of the wall. for Cut plane Offset. you work in elevation and plan views to add windows to the model. If either of the windows spans an internal wall. under Extents. You will position them and align them with the top of the retaining wall later. click Window. You use alignment and dimension tools to more precisely position the windows. On the Options Bar. enter 7' [1700]. close the warning. approximately as shown. 2 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. and zoom in to the building. On the Options Bar. The windows are now visible in the south wall. In the View Range dialog. and click the Training Files icon. scroll down. 1 Add windows in an elevation view: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the South elevation view.Adding Windows In this exercise. click Load. Add 2 windows.

enter 36'' x 36'' [0915 x 0915mm]. and drag it 9' 6'' [2775mm] to the right of the west wall. and click View Properties. and zoom in to the west side of the model. 6 Select the window on the right. click Edit/New. 7 Align the windows to the top of the retaining wall: ■ ■ On the Tools toolbar. select Casement 3x3 with Trim : 36'' x 36'' [0915 x 0915mm]. enter 3' [915]. On the View toolbar. under Graphics. and then click OK. to activate thin lines so that element lines resume their true thickness ■ 18 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . right-click. click . Select the top of the wall. and then select the top of one of the windows. Click OK twice. click Duplicate. and in the Type Selector. 8 Add windows in plan view: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. for Height. for Underlay. and click . In the Element Properties dialog. In the Type Properties dialog. and click OK. In the drawing area. 5 Create a window type: ■ Open the South elevation view. specify None. for Name. In the Type Properties dialog. In the Name dialog. Select the window on the left.■ Select the left window. click in the zoomed view. Repeat for the second window. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ In the Element Properties dialog. under Dimensions.

The windows are moved so that all of the dimensions are equal. click Dimension. and then press ESC twice. and then select the horizontal interior wall. Click to the left of the west wall to place the dimension line. and place 3 windows on the outside edge of the west wall. Note that each of the four dimensions is different. select each of the window centerlines. 9 Reposition the windows to be equidistant from each other: ■ ■ On the Design Bar. ■ Select the interior wall that contains the doors. Select the top wall. ■ Adding Windows | 19 . move it up or down to see how the design intent is maintained. In the Type Selector. select Casement 3x3 with Trim : 36'' x 72'' [0915 x 1830mm]. click Window.■ ■ On the Design Bar. as shown. move it up 3' [1000 mm]. Select the north wall. and see how the walls resize and the windows redistribute equally within the wall. ■ ■ Click .

for Spacing. 1 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. In the Type Properties dialog. and then split the east wall just above the door. click . ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ . In the Name dialog. and click The tooltip and the status bar will confirm the selection. In the Type Selector. click OK to delete the line but maintain the constraints. click Duplicate. enter 4' [1200]. 20 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . In the Element Properties dialog. and 3D views to display the model results thus far. In the Type Properties dialog. enter 4' [1200]. 2 Create a curtain wall at the northeast corner of the building: ■ Zoom to the east wall. ■ 3 Create a curtain wall type: Select the north curtain wall at an end so that the whole curtain wall is selected. enter House 4'x4' [House 1200 x 1200mm]. 10 Select the dimension line. In the warning dialog. for Spacing. for Name. and press DELETE. elevation. select the upper portion of the east wall and the adjacent portion of the north wall. select Curtain Wall : Storefront. click Edit/New. Click Modify. Click OK twice. and open various plan. ■ ■ While pressing CTRL. Under Horizontal Grid Pattern. 11 Zoom as desired. you change existing exterior walls to curtain walls. click once to restore the top wall to the original dimension. Adding a Curtain Wall In this exercise. and click OK. You then create a curtain wall type that you can apply to other walls using the Match Type tool. under Vertical Grid Pattern. On the Tools toolbar.■ On the Standard toolbar.

5 Open the To Building 3D view. click Shadows ➤ Shadows On. 2 Attach the basic walls: ■ ■ ■ ■ While pressing CTRL. and attach the east curtain wall to the roof. Press TAB until the status bar indicates that the curtain wall is selected. Select the north curtain wall. and then select the east curtain wall. The 4'x4' [1200 x 1200mm] spacing is applied to both curtain walls.4 Match the type of the north curtain wall to the east curtain wall: ■ ■ On the Tools toolbar. Revit Building warns you of consequences and modifies the placement of mullions. you attach interior and exterior walls to the roof. 3 Attach the curtain walls: ■ ■ Open the North elevation view. Select the outside edge of the curtain wall. 1 Open the 03 Roof plan. select the roof. or click Modify on the Design Bar to end the command. Open the East elevation view. Attaching Walls to the Roof In this exercise. In the error dialog about curtain wall mullions. On the Options Bar. and then click Attach. In the drawing area. click . Attaching Walls to the Roof | 21 . 4 Open the To Building 3D view. Click in the drawing area. click Delete Elements. When you attach the curtain walls. except the curtain walls. 5 On the View Control Bar. select all the interior walls and exterior walls. click Attach. ■ ■ ■ Select the roof.

click on the north wall in line with the right vertical model line. 2 Edit the profile of the floor: ■ ■ ■ ■ Select the floor. Note the spacing of the top row of mullions/panels. Trace the 6'' [200mm] north wall from the left endpoint to the double door. move the cursor up 11' [3300]. ■ ■ On the Options Bar.All walls extend up to the roof. 1 Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. and then down to the model line. On the north side of the model. click Edit. On the Options Bar. 22 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . clear Chain. Modifying the Entry Deck In this exercise. and on the Options Bar. because the spacing parameter cannot be satisfied. mullions are created where the walls and roof attach. you modify the floor profile on the entry level to include a deck on the north side of the model. On the Design Bar. click Lines. select Chain. and click to place the endpoint of the line.

Draw a line beginning at the upper endpoint of the previous line and extending to the upper endpoint of the 11' [3000mm] vertical line drawn previously. as shown. click Lines. click . ■ ■ Select the segment at the door opening. On the Options Bar. On the Design Bar. ■ ■ Modifying the Entry Deck | 23 . In the alert dialog. ■ ■ On the Design Bar. ■ ■ Draw a line beginning at the left endpoint of the north wall and extending up 3' 6'' [1000]. click Finish Sketch. and complete the profile to the right of the door. as shown.12'' Concrete [Basic Wall : Retaining . Draw a wall from left to right on the slanted floor line. and split the north model line at both sides of the door opening. select Core Face: Interior. and press DELETE. 3 Add a wall to the entry deck: ■ ■ On the Design Bar.■ On the Tools toolbar. select Basic Wall : Retaining . click No. In the Type Selector. for Loc Line.300mm Concrete]. click Wall.

and click . click Finish Sketch. 6 On the Design Bar. and drag it to the right. On the Options Bar. Beginning at the left endpoint of the 6'' [200mm] north wall and moving counterclockwise. for Base Constraint. and then click Lines. click No. and on the Options Bar. and click OK. click Floor. 4 In the drawing area. sketch the floor to complete the deck previously drawn. 5 Select the short vertical line above the west wall. click Edit. as shown. under Constraints. 2 Sketch the floor: ■ ■ ■ On the Design Bar. select 00 Foundation. verify that Chain is selected. In the Element Properties dialog. Adding a Sloped Floor In this exercise. 24 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . you add a sloped floor to the entry deck to create a ramp up to the entry door. 1 Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan.■ ■ Select the wall. 7 In the alert dialog. 8 Open the To Building 3D view. select the floor. as shown.

1 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. and click to specify the stair endpoint. and click OK. Click near the double doors to start the stair run. click No. click Finish Sketch. for Height Offset at Tail. The sloped floor begins at the lower level and extends to the entry level. click Stairs. enter -1' [-300]. and then select the east model line. In the alert dialog. On the Design Bar. you complete the interior of the model by adding a staircase on the lower level. Adding Stairs and Railings | 25 . In the Element Properties dialog. On the Modelling tab of the Design Bar.■ ■ On the Design Bar. and click . ■ ■ 3 Open the North elevation view. 2 Add stairs: ■ ■ ■ ■ Zoom in to the east side of the model. ■ ■ Select the slope arrow. Move the cursor to the left until the tooltip indicates that no risers remain. under Constraints. Select the midpoint of the west model line. and then adding and modifying railings on the lower level and the entry level. click Slope Arrow. Adding Stairs and Railings In this exercise. 4 Adjust the slope arrow in the floor plan as needed until the sloped floor meets the slope of the terrain.

On the Design Bar. Select the floor. enter 3'4'' [1100]. Zoom in to the east side of the model. and press ENTER. 3 Edit the floor profile: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan.■ On the Design Bar. Select the vertical model line closest to the stairs. ■ ■ On the Design Bar. click Finish Sketch. verify that Chain is selected. and click on the vertical line to complete the sketch. and on the Options Bar. ■ ■ On the Design Bar. Move the cursor to the left. click Edit. In the alert dialog. 26 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . click Modify. click Lines. enter 6' [1800]. On the Options Bar. click Finish Sketch. click No. Click at the corner of the model lines below the stairs to specify the start point. ■ Move the cursor to the right. and press ENTER. Move the cursor up. This distance is the width of the stair and its stringers. and drag the bottom endpoint up to the endpoint of the short horizontal line drawn previously.

5 Modify the railing type: ■ ■ ■ Open the To Building 3D view. drag the cursor from left to right. In the Type Selector. Click the lower corner of the modified floor profile as the move end point.Pipe [Railing : 900mm Pipe]. and then select the horizontal railing. and for Offset enter 4'' [150]. and then press ESC. and then click the interior of the adjacent vertical floor line. On the Modelling tab of the Design Bar. On the Tools toolbar. ■ ■ ■ Click the lower-left corner of the stairs as the move start point.4 Move the stairs and railings: ■ Using a selection window. While pressing CTRL. select Guardrail . 6 Add a railing to the entry deck: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. select both railings. select the stairs and railings. To select only elements completely within the boundary of the window. click Railing. click Finish Sketch. Adding Stairs and Railings | 27 . In the Element Properties dialog. Drag the left endpoint to the right. and drag the lower endpoint up until the resulting railing is 10' [2400]. click Modify. click . ■ ■ ■ ■ On the Design Bar. as shown. click . select Railing : Guardrail . and then click Railing Properties. and click OK. for Type. On the Design Bar.Pipe [900mm Pipe]. so that the resulting railing is 6' [1800]. On the Options Bar. ■ ■ ■ Zoom to the entry deck on the north side of the model. Click the interior of the floor on the right. Select the vertical railing.

8 Add a railing to the balcony: ■ ■ Zoom to the lower-right corner of the model. click . click Railing. On the Options Bar.7 Add a railing on the north side of the stairs: ■ On the Design Bar. continuing in a counterclockwise direction. click Railing. ■ ■ Click to the left of the vertical floor line above the stairs. and for Offset enter 4'' [150]. On the Design Bar. On the Design Bar. click . click Finish Sketch. and then click above the north edge of the stairs. On the Tools toolbar. and for Offset enter 4'' [150]. 28 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . and. ■ ■ Click above the south floor line. ■ ■ ■ ■ Select the left side of the horizontal railing. click Modify. click the interior of the remaining 2 floor lines that define the balcony. ■ On the Design Bar. click . On the Options Bar. On the Design Bar. click Modify. and then select the vertical railing.

and drag the left endpoint to the right. and use the same technique to add a railing below the stairs. ■ On the Design Bar. Adding Stairs and Railings | 29 . 9 Zoom in to the stairs. click Finish Sketch. ■ Select the south railing line. just to the east of the exterior wall.■ Select the last line drawn. and drag the left endpoint to the right until it touches the exterior wall near the door.

and split the top edge of the roof profile by clicking to the right of ■ ■ On the Design Bar. 2 In the drawing area. Select the left segment of the split roof line. On the Design Bar. Modifying the Roof In this exercise. and drag the left endpoint to the intersection with the vertical floor line. ■ 30 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . click the entry deck. ■ Select the right segment of the roof line. click Edit. 3 On the Options Bar. and drag the right endpoint up to align with the endpoint of the slanted deck line. . click Lines. 1 Open the 03 Roof floor plan. select the roof. you modify the profile of the roof in order to extend the roof over the entry deck. click Modify. 4 Modify the roof profile: ■ On the Tools toolbar.10 Open the To Building 3D view.

click Modify. You also add color fill to rooms and modify crop regions for several views that you later add to a presentation sheet view. 5 Open the To Building 3D view to view the result. making sure it cuts through the stairs. click Finish Roof. You change an element in the door schedule and see that the change is automatically made in the associated plan.■ Draw a line from the end of the right segment up to the end of the left segment. Begin the section on the left side of the model and end it on the right side. you add tags to the project and schedule doors and rooms. ■ ■ On the Design Bar. click Section. Double-click the middle of the section head circle to display the section view. 1 Create a section view: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. ■ On the Design Bar. On the View tab of the Design Bar. Documenting the Project In this exercise. Documenting the Project | 31 .

In the Tag All Not Tagged dialog.Alternatively. and click Add. and use the same procedure to tag all doors and windows in the view. click Schedule/Quantities. Add the following fields: Width. and Mark. select Mark for Sort by. and click View. On the Drafting tab of the Design Bar. and click OK. In the Schedule Properties dialog. for Available fields. In the New Schedule dialog. select Family and Type. in the Project Browser under Views. Double-click on the right column boundary of the Family and Type column to expand it to its full width. ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. Height. and under Category select Window Tags. expand Sections (Building Sections). Click OK. Move Mark to the top of the list so that it displays first in the schedule. On the View tab of the Design Bar. for Category. and double-click Section 1. Click the Sorting/Grouping tab. click Tag All Not Tagged. 2 Add door and window tags: ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. and click OK. press CTRL. select Doors. 3 Create a door schedule: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Right-click on the Design Bar. 32 | Chapter 1 Getting Started .

On the Room and Area tab of the Design Bar. click Room. select the 3 retaining walls. This bidirectional associativity in Revit Building ensures that changes made to any part of the design are coordinated in all associated views. and then press ENTER. and then click . click the Family and Type field. The Mark 7 door is also restored to the original type in the schedule. While pressing CTRL. Changes made in the schedule are automatically synchronized in the associated plan. ■ ■ In the Type Selector. and then click OK. Notice that the bedroom door tagged 7 is now a bi-fold door. ■ 5 Modify wall properties: ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. ■ Documenting the Project | 33 . and select Bifold-4 Panel 60” x 84” [M_Bifold-4 Panel 1525 x 2134mm]. click in the upper room on the west side of the building. change it to Entry. 7 Add rooms and room tags on the entry level: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. Click near the stairs to tag the large room. ■ ■ In the Element Properties dialog. under Constraints. double-click Door Schedule. In the Project Browser. select Single-Flush : 30” x 84” [M_Single-Flush : 0762 x 2134mm] to return the door to the original family and type. select Room Bounding. 6 Create a Room schedule that contains the following fields: ■ ■ ■ Number Name Area The schedule is empty but is updated when you add rooms and room tags to the building. including schedules. Double-click the tag text in the large room. Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. under Schedules/Quantities. and then click in the small room on the west side.4 Change a door schedule: ■ For the Mark 7 door.

enter B. click Yes. Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. On the Room and Area tab of the Design Bar. On the Room and Area tab of the Design Bar. In the alert dialog. click Yes. Trace the floor line from the north wall down to and around the stairs to define the Entry room and create a separate floor profile for that room. 10 Define the floor in the Entry: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. Beginning in the large room on the right and moving clockwise. 9 Open the Room Schedule view to see that it includes data for the specified fields. click Room. In the alert dialog about changing a type parameter. 11 Modify tags: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. and then press ENTER.■ Change the tag text in room 2 to Bedroom. Double-click the tag for one of the windows in the west wall. 34 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . and press ENTER. Double-click the tag for one of the windows in the south wall. click in each room to add the tags. and press ENTER. The area for the entry room is updated in the room schedule. and the text in room 3 to Store. Double-click the tag text in the large room. Change the tag text in room 5 to Bedroom. the text in room 6 to Bathroom. change it to Living Room. 8 Add rooms and room tags on the lower level: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. and the text in rooms 7 and 8 to Store. enter A. click Room Separation.

The Copy of To Building 3D view is opened automatically. click to the right of the building to place the color fill legend. 13 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan and repeat the previous procedure in that view. In the drawing area. ■ ■ Reopen the 02 Entry Level floor plan and verify the wall has changed. ■ ■ On the Design Bar. and click Duplicate.12 Add color fill to the rooms: ■ ■ ■ On the Room and Area tab of the Design Bar. right-click To Building. click to restore the wall to its original dimension. 14 Create a shaded 3D view: ■ In the Project Browser. The color fill in the bedroom and storage room readjusts and the room areas are automatically updated. All of the walls resize to accommodate the new wall dimension. On the Standard toolbar. and move it slightly to the left. click Modify. click OK. click Color Fill. ■ Open the Room Schedule view to see that the bedroom and storage room areas have changed. Documenting the Project | 35 . In the alert dialog about disabled visibility. Select the left vertical wall.

1 Open the To Building 3D view. 3 In the Advanced Model Graphics dialog. click Model Graphics Style ➤ Shading with Edges. Creating a Solar Study In this exercise. specify 24. ■ On the View Control Bar. click . 36 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . Enter ZF to zoom to fit the entire view in the drawing window. Select the crop region. 15 Modify a crop region to create a view for a sheet: ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. 4 Under Sun and Shadows Settings. and drag the circular blue controls to shrink the region around the model. for Shadow.■ On the View Control Bar. On the View Control Bar. under Intensity. click Crop Region ➤ Hide Crop Region. you create an animation of the solar activity at a particular place and time in order to study the light and shadows that affect the building site. click Shadows ➤ Advanced Model Graphics. 16 Use the same technique to modify the following views: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 02 Entry Level floor plan To Building 3D view Copy of To Building 3D view East elevation view North elevation view Leave an area of sky above the roof in the 3D and the elevation views. click Crop Region ➤ Show Crop Region. 2 On the View Control Bar.

and click OK. for Name. click . and click New Sheet. 11 On the View Control Bar. In the Video Compression dialog. click the Desktop icon. click .Summer Solstice (Winter Solstice if you are in the southern hemisphere). and click OK. showing the progression at 15-minute intervals for the location and date specified. for City. click Apply. Clear Ground Plane at Level so that the shadows fall on the terrain. 13 Export the animation: ■ ■ ■ Click File menu ➤ Export ➤ Animated Solar Study. The animation is played again as the AVI file is saved to your desktop. enter Presentation. For Time Interval.Your Location . In the Sheet Title dialog. 6 In the Manage Place and Locations dialog. for Place. click the Single-Day tab and then. click Rename. for New. right-click Sheet. enter One Day Solar Study . select 22 June 2006. 7 In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog. ■ On your desktop. Move the scroll bar to change the time. You also change the slope parameter to test the parametric capabilities of Revit Building. The walls that are attached to the roof are updated to maintain constraints with the modified roof. and click OK. 9 In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog: ■ ■ ■ For Date. for Compressor.5 In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog. you add multiple views to a sheet. and click OK. 3 Add the following views to the sheet: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 02 Entry Level floor plan To Building 3D view Copy of To Building 3D view Section 1 East elevation North elevation Creating a Sheet | 37 . The solar study animation is displayed. In the Select a Titleblock dialog. 1 Create a sheet: ■ ■ ■ ■ In the Project Browser. and then click OK. click OK. under Settings. expand Sheets. Creating a Sheet In this exercise. right-click A101 . 12 On the Options Bar.Unnamed. 8 In the Rename dialog. and click OK. and click Save. 10 In the Advanced Model Graphics dialog. 2 Drag the 01 Lower Level floor plan from the Project Browser onto the upper-left corner of the sheet. select Full Frames (Uncompressed). select a major city near to your location. In the Project Browser. In the Save As dialog. select 15 minutes. double-clicking on the AVI file displays the animation. and click Rename. click Shadows ➤ Preview Solar Study.

Select the roof. click . 38 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . ■ ■ In the Element Properties dialog. and click Activate View. right-click the East elevation view. ■ Change the slope parameter back to 1'' [10]. the walls and curtain walls that attach to the roof maintain the connection to the modified roof. In all views. Try deleting or moving interior walls and doors. the changes will be made in all drawing views and schedules. and enter a new value. for Rise/12'' [Slope Angle]. The walls and curtain walls are updated with the roof. enter 4'' [30]. under Dimensions. ■ Double-click the 03 Roof Level height. Any modification to the model is updated in the project drawings so that they are always coordinated. On the Options Bar. and click Deactivate View.■ ■ Door Schedule Room Schedule 4 Modify the roof slope: ■ ■ In the drawing area. ■ Right-click. the walls and curtain walls that attach to the roof are extended and maintain the connection to the modified roof. In all views. and then click OK.