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Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 9:48:47 PM | Curtain Walls vs Window Families




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Most windows in my projects I create as window families, because I cannot tag a curtain wall as a window and it would not appear on my window frame elevations. 

One one of my projects I have a curved curtain wall 

Should I leave it as a curtain wall? should I changed to a non hosted window family?

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Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 7:14:41 AM | Curtain Walls vs Window Families



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Here is a workaround from a thread by WWHub. I believe this method still holds true.


  1. Since storefronts / curtain walls  are a wall, we created a different wall tag that looks the same as our window tag but reads the wall mark.  Then we tag these "walls" with that tag.  You can have multiple storefront windows all tagged the same or not no mater how they appear since this tag is an instance - not type tag. 
  2. If you want to have multiple instances of the same window and be able to modify them all at the same time, just group one and then copy that group to other locations.  I don't find that necessary for most projects.
  3. You do not need to create multiple storefornt wall types - PERIOD!  You can have manual or fully automatic CW types.  I will often place a CW using an automatic type (mullions and spacings fully defined) but then I switch it to a manual definition so that I can modify anything.
  4. To create legends, there is no need to make additional walls / windows out in space, in another design option, phase or any other work around like that. Just add elevations to your model of these windows (hide the callouts typically) then in the elevations, hide everything but this CW.  Now place this on your legend or window schedule sheet, dimension and note accordingly. 

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