7.3.9 Custom Glass

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It is possible to use Tools on the manufacturer’s websites to configure custom Glass Types and import these into FenestraPro

Use the GC (Glass Configurator) button to link to a supplier’s website to start the process.  Clicking on this 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.

Note: It is also possible to go directly to a manufacturer’s website and configure a custom glass assembly. Once this is done, there is an option to send this to your FenestraPro Account.

Buttons are available on each website to send this data to your online FenestraPro Account area.  The custom Glass may then be viewed under Switch to Custom List.

Once the new assembly has been imported to your online FenestraPro Account, it will also appear in the Revit application.


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 Glasses area in your Account area and use the button ‘Switch to Custom List’ to display only imported glass types.

The custom glass will then 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 below.  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 normal Glass database workflow.

Toggle button to control the list display options

If you do not see the imported glass in the Revit Add-in, use the Sync button in the application to update the list. Note: any region filter or other filters may exclude the glass from displaying and so may need to be adjusted.

Sync button to update the list if required

Note: Revit may need to be restarted to add this custom glass to Revit’s internal list and it will then 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 FenestraProNote: 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 advise to ‘Export to 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.

Share the imported Glass Type

It is possible to share the imported glass type with a colleague or another user with a FenestraPro account.  In your online Account, you may click on the glass type and a dialog window will display with options.  One of these will allow sharing with another FenestraPro user.

There are options to share with another User (listed on your license subscription), share with a Team on which you are a member (all users will be notified) or share with an email address (the user must have a FenestraPro Account to be able to view this glass type).

If you use a custom imported glass type in a Revit model and share this model with another user, they will also see this construction type in Revit under Type Properties as a temporary entry (even if they don’t have this in their Revit list).  Once they change the glass type however to another, it will disappear (since it is not in Revit’s internal list) and it won’t be retrievable anymore.

If you uninstall FenestraPro or upgrade to a new version, the imported custom glass type will remain in Revit’s list.

If you import a custom assembly from one of the manufacturer’s websites, apply to model elements but then delete this from your FenestraPro account,  it will persist in the model and in Revit as an entry as long as it has been synced to Revit using the application.  You will not be able to apply this to model elements however using the application if it has been deleted from the Glass Database but you may do so directly from Revit.  FenestraPro will still read the properties of this glass type and display these in the application.

It is also possible to add custom construction types to Revit’s internal file.  Note: This should only be done if required, by a competent person who is familiar with xml editing and has knowledge of correct syntax.  If you do not feel comfortable doing this, please ask advice as editing this file incorrectly may render this file unreadable.

New glass type entries that have been added correctly, will appear under Analytical Properties options in Revit’s Type Properties and may be assigned to glazed model elements and read by FenestraPro to get results.


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