Monday, January 23, 2017

Ventilated Facades

From the AGACAD blog:

NEW Solution! Ventilated Facades – Take your walls to the next level in Revit!

By putting a new spin on some existing technology, we can make things which had earlier seemed out of reach. That’s certainly the case with using ventilated facades to cover the exterior of new or renovated building.

Both functional and aesthetic, the versatility of ventilated facades allows for a variety of eye-catching looks that come with lots of practical advantages like thermal and sound insulation, rain protection, thermal expansion, and fire safety.

A ventilated facade is designed so that panels – often made of technical ceramic or porcelain – cover a building’s exterior, leaving a space for air to flow between the structural wall and the facade. This buffer layer creates a chimney effect all around the building, giving rise to the aforementioned benefits.

Only problem is, there has been no efficient way of modelling ventilated facades in Revit.

Until now, that is.

By using our new solution, you can model ventilated facades in your Revit project!

Ventilated Facades makes it quick and easy to design high-quality ventilated facades in Revit® with automated real-time updates for project changes. That ensures you’ll get high-quality framing models, including hangers, fixings, brackets, etc. You’ll get accurate bills of materials, shop and fabrication drawings, and accurate on-site assembly thanks to BIM-to-Field features.

It’s time to dress your walls to the nines!

Let’s start from the beginning! Below, we have concrete multi-story building that needs to have a ventilated facade.

First, we model basic Revit walls. They might have, for example, two insulation layers on the internal side, two layers that will be framed, and one external panel layer.

The plan view:

By using Metal Framing Wall+, the wall type has a link with framing, insulation, and panel splitting configurations:

That’s it! We’re ready to frame the walls:

Metal Framing Wall+

Wall+ also creates waterproof, decorative headers and trimmers for cover insulation and framing layers:

The next step is to add vertical or horizontal brackets (anchors). Smart Details automates this process. You just need to select wall parts and load predefined rules:

Users can use make their own bracket family which can be highly detailed if this is required in the BIM model.

At this point, we come back to Metal Framing Wall+ and split the insulation and external finish layers:

Behind the exterior panels, we can add hangers automatically:

Finally, it’s time to add insulation fasteners:

Below is the result with all fixings, brackets and fasteners, which were added using Smart Details:

Brackets from the internal side of the building:

Please join our live webinar and see how our new BIM solution Ventilated Facades allows easy design, model, schedule and prepare shop drawings for Ventilated Facades!


If you would like to see for yourself how ventilated facades can be created in Revit, then test it out on your own project!

For €250/$250 per company (unlimited attendees), you will receive 3 hours of individual online training, a highly-detailed sample project, and over 20 Revit families. The training sessions will give you a foundation in VENTILATED FACADES software to create ventilated facades.


There's more information available on the AGACAD blog.

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