It is possible to use Tools on the manufacturer’s websites to configure custom Glass Types and import these into FenestraPro for Revit.
Use the GC (Glass Configurator) button to link to a supplier’s website to start the process. Clicking on the button will display a dialog window where you may select one of the vendors. Click on one of these to be taken to their website area where it is possible to configure a Glass Assembly. Define thicknesses of panes, Gap content and thickness, coatings etc.
Configure the IGU on the manufacturer’s web page and the detailed specifications for the unit will be displayed once complete.
For Vitro Glasses, select ‘Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG) under the Manufacturer dropdown list. Then define the thickness of glass panes and coatings if required.
A button will appear with the FenestraPro logo. Click on this button to send the IGU to your FenestraPro Account and to the Revit Add-in. You may need to sign into your FenestraPro Account to view the imported glass type. Go to the Glass area in your Account area and use the button ‘Switch to Custom List’ to display only imported glass types.
The custom glass will appear in the Glass Database in the Revit Add-in once the list is refreshed. You may toggle the Glass Database list to display only imported glass types using the button shown. Note: any active filters (including region filters) may prevent the imported glass type from being displayed in the list. This imported/custom glass type may then be applied to Surfaces on the model using the Glass database workflow.
Note: Revit may need to be restarted to add this custom glass to Revit’s internal list and will display in Type Properties after a restart. A message will display regarding pending changes to be confirmed from your previous session and you may click on the Yes button to confirm and proceed. Once this is done, new results will display using the properties of this glass type on the selected Surfaces.
A similar process applies for Guardian IGU’s which may be imported to FenestraPro for Revit. Note: You may need to create a free account to access the Guardian Glass Analytics area.
Under Performance Calculator, configure the IGU and define a name for the custom glass type. Once complete, under Tools, a button will display to export the glass type to FenestraPro. In this case, the button will be called ‘Guardian Glass for BIM’. A new page will open to confirm the export and this will take you to your FenestraPro Account area to review the glass type. The glass will then appear in the Revit Add-in under the Glass Database list and may be applied to Surfaces or elements on the Revit model.
It is also possible to add custom construction types to Revit’s internal file. Note: This should only be done by competent persons who are comfortable with xml editing and correct syntax.