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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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change. 1 . you learn how to use the features of Revit Building to design.Getting Started 1 Welcome to Autodesk® Revit Building. 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. In this short tutorial. and document a building. so that you can concentrate on your building models rather than on adapting your methodology to the demands of the software. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

specify 24. for Shadow. and drag the circular blue controls to shrink the region around the model. click . under Intensity. click Model Graphics Style ➤ Shading with Edges. Select the crop region. 15 Modify a crop region to create a view for a sheet: ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. 36 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . 3 In the Advanced Model Graphics dialog. click Crop Region ➤ Hide Crop Region. 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. On the View Control Bar. 2 On the View Control Bar. 4 Under Sun and Shadows Settings. click Crop Region ➤ Show 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.■ On the View Control Bar. Enter ZF to zoom to fit the entire view in the drawing window. Creating a Solar Study In this exercise. click Shadows ➤ Advanced Model Graphics. ■ On the View Control Bar. 1 Open the To Building 3D view.

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

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