Wall Properties

Video: https://youtu.be/ZsoT-CBn31c

Instructions from Video:

Every wall in the catalog has a set of properties that define not only the size and appearance of a wall but settings

Select Insert>walls>Walls.

In the catalog panel to the right, select one of the walls and then right-click and select Edit Element.

The Walls dialog box appears and it is broken into tabs:

Basic:

  • Type – Allows you to choose the type of wall you are constructing. If you select Framed, the Framing Member option below will be enabled.
  • Core Width – Thickness of the structural component of the wall. For example a stud or block thickness.
  • Invisible in 2D – This can be enabled if you do not want to see the wall in your plan view. It will however appear in 3D.
  • Exterior Surface
    • Width – the width of the exterior veneer
    • Air Space – incorporates anything between the inside face of the exterior veneer and the exterior face of the core wall.
    • Lower Exterior Face Bottom – You can extend the bottom of an exterior wall face in the wall’s properties. For example, you may want to lower the bottom of the exterior face of a perimeter wall to cover the exposed floor structure below the wall.
    • Raise Exterior Face Top – You can extend the top of an exterior wall face in the wall’s properties. For example, you may want the exterior face of a perimeter wall to sit higher than the structure wall.
  • Left and Right Side Interior Surface options
    • Force Surface To Be Exterior – When a single wall is drawn it will not show the exterior veneer. It must be an enclosed wall to receive the veneer. This option will force it to be exterior to show the veneer.
    • Width – the width of the interior surface finish.
    • Air Space – incorporates anything between the inside face of the interior finish and the interior face of the core wall.
  • Framing Options -You can determine whether or not a wall is framed as a loadbearing wall or non-loadbearing. This ensures that the proper head/sill/jamb configuration is applied to the wall. Set it to Auto, Yes or No. Interior walls will be “Auto” defined as non-loadbearing and exterior walls will be “Auto” defined as load-bearing.
  • Energy – This will allow you to set up Energy calculations for your wall for export to the ResCheck application. Check to include the walls in energy calculations.
    • Wall Type: REScheck has different designations for Basement and Crawlspace type of walls. All other walls should be set to Normal.
    • Cavity R Value based on the insulation that you will use in the cavity of the wall.
    • Continuous R Value. A continuous R value would be for insulated sheathing that will run up the entire wall.

Top and Bottom:

  • Wall Top options allow you to adjust how the top of your wall is going to be defined. It can be a defined Level height or a Slope or Step wall type. Those 3 options require additional height information to be defined. The Auto Extend option will automatically extend the top of the wall to the roof. You can define how far to offset it below the roof.
  • Wall Bottom options allow you to adjust how the bottom of your wall is going to be defined. It again can be defined by a  Level height or a Slope or Step.

Trim:

  • Trim types include baseboards, crown molding, chair rails, door/window trim, sills, cove molding, wainscoting and decorative borders. You can add as many types of trim to a wall as you want, and even add different materials to either side of the wall. From the Application dropbox, choices are Exterior Side, Left Interior Side, and Right Interior Side. The Exterior Side is the exterior side of an exterior wall.

Appearance:

  • The components that make up the wall are listed on the left and when selected will display their associated material on the right. Adjust how the wall will look in 3D for exterior and interior components.

Line Work:

  • The components that make up the wall are listed on the left and when selected will display their associated Layer, Hatch Pattern and Solid Fill options on the right. Adjust how the wall will look in 2D for exterior and interior components.

Quantity:

  • Quantity section on the left defines the ordering and sorting information for the wall and how it will appear in a material list.
  • Assemblies section lists the individual assembled materials to be ordered when the wall is constructed. You can Add, Edit and Remove assembled products.