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Exterior Wall Best Practices

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05-24-2011 02:04 PM

I'm hoping some of you can help me with some issues I'm having.


I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about modeling exterior walls. In a project I'm working on we are currently approaching the walls two different ways. (The project is a two story building)


1st Floor:

-Two separate walls that are touching each other

- (Exterior Face) Concrete Foundation Wall (Shared with Structural Consultant)

- (Interior Face) 1 5/8" Metal Stud with Gyp.


This has worked really well so far


2nd Floor:

- Two different wall types to achieve the desired effect.

- (1st Wall Type) 2" EIFS, Gyp Sheathing, 6" Mtl Stud, Gyp Interior

- (2nd Wall Type) 2" EIFS, GYP Sheathing, 6" Mtl Stud

- We are using the two wall types to create the exterior shell of the building. We use the gyp finish for all areas where there will be a gyp bd finish. The no gyp wall type is used behind structural columns and cross bracing, etc...


We run into a lot of issues with using two wall types on the upper level. When adding vertical reveals they may or may not work correctly. Some times there is major issues with the wall joins. etc.... it just seems to be a lot of hassle.


So my main question is....


Is it better to model the structural walls separately from the finish walls?


This has worked well on the lower level. We just join the windows/doors to both walls when needed.


Does anyone else have experience with this?

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Re: Exterior Wall Best Practices

05-27-2011 06:51 AM in reply to: rmccoyhfg

I wanted to add a few similar threads on this topic which may be useful to you:

Best practice to built walls in revit

Best Practice ? - Multi-story project

Tips for Adding Walls

Walls Chapter (complete) - Inside the Factory


Thank you,

Ryan Duell
Autodesk, Inc.

Revit Clinic

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Registered: ‎04-26-2011
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Re: Exterior Wall Best Practices

05-27-2011 07:42 AM in reply to: ryan.duell

Thanks for the links Ryan!


We decided to go the route of creating seperate exterior and interior walls next to each other and joining them. This seems to be working well for our needs.

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