Any window or door family object can be used with PH Live Sync and the required PHPP parameters will be created for them when you click the ‘Create PHPP Parameters’ button, however it is recommended that you use the family objects specifically created for PH Live Sync for improved functionality. These can be downloaded here.
If you use family objects that have ‘Instance’ parameters for the width and height will give you the ability to change the width and height values within the PHPP and the family object will flex accordingly in Revit. (Family objects with their width and height assigned by ‘Type’ parameters are not able to be flexed.)
Separate window objects should be used and placed abutting each other when multi-pane windows are proposed so that the installation factor values can be correctly entered: “1” if the corresponding jamb has direct contact with the building envelope, and “0” if two windows are abutted symmetrically against each other. (See Page 105, 17.4 of the PHPP Handbook.)
Doors will be entered into the ‘Windows’ worksheet in the PHPP unless you have assigned a value to the ‘PHPP U-Value’ parameter, in which case they will be entered into the ‘Areas’ worksheet as an ‘Exterior Door.’
Where multiple doors are assigned a value to the ‘PHPP U-Value’ parameter, their areas will be combined as one total value in the PHPP and the most conservative U-Value will be used if they differ from door to door.
The area/s of the door/s will be automatically subtracted from the wall/s they are hosted in by PH Live Sync and you will not need to use the ‘User subtraction’ column in the PHPP to manually subtract the area.
Once the windows and doors are created, the appropriate values for the PHPP parameters can be entered, these include:
- Description. (If left blank, a default name will be created based on the Window’s/Door’s ID number in Revit.)
- Installation situation. (Left, Right, Bottom, and Top)
- Comfort exemption.
- Height of shading object.#
- Horizontal distance.#
- Window reveal depth.#
- Distance glazing to reveal.#
- Overhang depth.#
- Distance glazing to overhang.#
- Additional reduction factor winter shading.
- Additional reduction factor summer shading.
- Reduction factor z for temporary sun protection.
- U-Value* (This parameter is assigned to door objects only. Leave blank for glazed doors or for certified doors where more detailed property information is available.)
Once the window have been synced to the PHPP, these values can be changed in the PHPP to update the parameter values in the Revit Model by clicking the ‘Pull Data from PHPP’ button. Generally, it is more efficient to enter values directly in the PHPP after the Revit Model has first been synced with the PHPP, as multiple values can be entered and copied from cell to cell more quickly in the PHPP.
# These values can be easily and accurately changed by moving the reference planes built-in to the PH Window Family Object.
The following parameters are locked in Revit and can only be updated within the PHPP as they require specific values to be chosen:
The following values will be calculated by PH Live Sync and entered into the PHPP automatically:
- Quantity.* (This will always be 1 as each element is entered individually by PH Live Sync in the PHPP.)
- Width and Height. (Can be changed in the PHPP for Family Objects with Instance Parameters for Width and Height to flex the object in the Revit Model.)
- Installed in.*
* These cells in the PHPP will be locked by PH Live Sync so that they can’t be changed as they should only be updated in the Revit Model and then updated in PHPP by clicking the ‘Push Data to PHPP’ button