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Tue, May 18, 2010 at 2:48:14 PM | Advice on strip windows

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Hi,

 

I'm modelling a load of windows in a building. Essentially, its one window about 25m long subdivided into individual panes 1.5m wide each. The window is 2.2m high.

 

Whats the best way of creating this - should I use a window or a curtain wall?

Could anyone point me to some good tutorials on this? 

 

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Tue, May 18, 2010 at 3:06:41 PM | Advice on strip windows

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I would personally use a curtain wall.  You can create a new type that is set to automatically embed itself into another wall, predefine the horiz and vert spacing and the mullions.  Curtain walls have an instance parameter for beginning, center and end alignment of the spacing.

If you use a curtain wall though, it will not schedule as a "window".  You can fake it using a fake window family that is aligned and locked to the extents of the curtain wall though.

The larger discussion I've always had with my students is: what is a window and what is a curtain wall?

The best definition I can come up with is that a window is a complete unit that arrives on the jobsite and is installed.

Curtain walls are a collection of parts that are assembled on-site.   Many times this occurs in stages of installing the mullions then coming back weeks later with glazing since it was custom measured and manufactured for each opening. 


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Wed, May 19, 2010 at 2:17:12 PM | Advice on strip windows

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I see - thanks.

 

So you can't get windows to schedule as a curtain wall?? that would be a problem.

 

Is it possible to do a large window made up from several panes - is there an out of the box family which does this? 


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Wed, May 19, 2010 at 8:52:04 PM | Advice on strip windows

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Thu, May 20, 2010 at 2:54:31 PM | Advice on strip windows

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Excellent - Thanks for that.

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