7.2 Façade Manager

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This article refers to the Detailed Tool

The main window display under the Design tab is effectively the Facade Manager where you may make selections of Facades/Surfaces, assign different glass types and generate glazing on your model using Add WIndows and Add Curtain Walls.


To orbit the model in the Viewer, hold the right mouse button and drag in the Viewer window. To zoom in and out, simply use the mouse wheel.  To pan, hold the mouse wheel down and drag in the Viewer window.

There are several ways to make selections:

  • from the Surfaces List
  • from the model in the Viewer (by hovering over areas on the model)
  • using the Charts
  • by selecting areas on the Revit model itself (related Surfaces will be selected in the application).

Selected Surfaces will highlight on the model in the Viewer, the highlighting colors relate to the active Chart displayed.

Facades List

In the Facades List, you may expand the list to view parent and child items in the tree list (Facades and Surfaces). You may select a single or multiple Surfaces. Selecting the box beside a Facade will also select all Surfaces within that Facade.  These areas will also highlight on the model.  The highlighting color depends on the current active Chart.

The Facades List also displays areas, glazing percentage and glazing element size.  Note: The Surface area is comprised of the Energy Surface information in Revit and may be calculated from additional areas where there are spandrel panels spanning over two levels (half gets added to each level) or smaller adjacent areas deemed to be part of that Surface.  This area is intended to be a representation and may not therefore be exactly the same in the Revit model.

You may use room separation lines internally (perpendicular to the external walls) to separate the envelope into additional analytical surfaces if you wish.  These will also create additional energy spaces (where one space previously existed).  This may be useful for assigning different glass types to separate areas. Alternatively,  you may use separate family types in Revit to achieve this.

The Groups and Filters feature, where you may sort the list by various criteria, is covered in later articles.

Spaces List

There is also a Spaces List tab to review Spaces and associated elements. Selections made here will highlight Energy Spaces in the Model Viewer.  You may also search for a specific Surface Number or Element (both in the Spaces List tab and under the Facades List tab) by using the search field in the Energy Model Elements panel.


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