Enhanced Building and Space Types for Revit 2018

Revit 2018 has given mechanical engineers added capability in defining Building Types and Space Types within Revit project files.  Building and Space Types are used for energy calculations and it is always a good thing when Autodesk provides more opportunity to improve the energy analysis and design process.

Building and Space Types are defined in the Building/Space Type Settings dialog box accessed by the Manage tab -> MEP Settings on the Settings panel -> Building/Space Type Settings.

There are two big enhancements to this feature.

Enhancement 1:

A new capability is to create new types, rename types, duplicate types, and delete types for both Building Types and Space Types.

This is a great new feature as it allows engineers to better define the Building Types and Space Types that are needed for their specific situation.

  • New Types can be created.
    • No longer are users limited to the default Types provided by Autodesk with Revit.
  • Existing Types can be duplicated.
    • This allows a user to create a new type that is similar to an existing type without being required to set all of the parameter values.
  • Unused types can be deleted so they do not appear in the list.
    • This can dramatically shorten the long list so that users do not need to search through as many types to choose the one that they want.
    • This list can be modified so that only the types that are to be used in a project are shown in the list, thus preventing users from selecting types that should not be used.
  • Types can be renamed.
    • Naming can be changed to better conform to your organization’s standards.
    • Naming can be changed to organize the types differently in the list.

The Transfer Project Standards command on the Manage tab can be used to get Building Type Settings and Space Type Settings into a project from another project or template.

Enhancement 2:

Additional parameters have been added to the Types to give user more options for defining information used in energy analysis.  New parameters include:

Building Types

  • Outdoor Air per Person
  • Outdoor Air per Area
  • Air Changes per Hour
  • Outdoor Air Method

Space Types

  • Outdoor Air per Person
  • Outdoor Air per Area
  • Air Changes per Hour
  • Outdoor Air Method

Note that users do not have the ability to create new parameters for Building or Space Types.

 

 

 

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