Monthly Archives: August 2012

Graphisoft Releases ArchiGlazing for ArchiCAD 16

The new version has been updated to work with ArchiCAD 16 and it has the same feature set as previous releases.

ArchiCAD’s Window tool meets the needs of the architect when selecting and placing traditional window styles. The parametric quality of the window objects supplied with the standard ArchiCAD library also allows the definition of a large range of individual types of glass structures.

ArchiGlazing was developed to fulfill special needs, for instance when it is impossible to create the desired glass structure using the Window tool due to complicated geometry. It offers tools for upright, tilted, opening, façade and greenhouse glazing, and for creating sketch windows. ArchiGlazing is an Add-On for ArchiCAD.

ArchiGlazing is freely downloadable for existing ArchiCAD 16 users with a valid Software Maintenance Agreement. To receive a download link, Click here!

Once installed you can find the ArchiGlazing User’s Guide accessible from the Help menu in ArchiCAD 16.

How to: Display dimensions in “mm” & areas in “m2”

A common request I receive is “how do I get my dimensions to show in mm and my areas to show as m2”.

The first thing I refer to is the fact that views in the “Navigator -View Map” control the output of dimensions.

Under the tab “2D/3D Documents” there is an option for “Dimensions:”. The default option is set to “Plain Meter”. If one changes this to “Plain Millimeter” then both dimensions and area are displayed as such. The solution is to set your own dimension preference using the Project Preferences. To do this from the Menu > Options > Project Preferences > Dimensions…

Select the option “Plain Millimeter” but change the button “Area Calculations” = to “meter”. This will then display name as “Custom”.

You can rename “Custom” by clicking on “Store as…”. In this example I called it “Dim = mm & Area = m2”.

If you now return to your floor plan you will see the result.The last important step is to open up the “View Settings” and change “2D/3D Documents” > Dimensions to “Dim = mm & Area = m2”. This will then control the display of dimensions and areas to your specification.

Climatic zones of South Africa & Energy Analysis using ArchiCAD 16

A new feature of ArchiCAD 16 Energy Evaluation is  the ability to choose the Climatic Data for your project location. Previously you were limited to a single  source for this data, namely: “Download from StruSoft Climate Server”. This option is still there but now you can also choose: “Use ASHRAE IWEC, TMY, WTEC2 file”. I received the current 6 “official” climatic zone weather files that have the file extension EPW from Agrément South Africa. You can download these files from my Dropbox link – Click here!

You can also get your own free Dropbox account by joining and installing Dropbox by – clicking here