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ArchiCAD Tip: Modifying the 'New Construction' Renovation Filter


The Renovation workflow was one of the most important new features in ArchiCAD 15, providing a large reduction in work & management required to develop model views based on Existing/Demolished/New building elements.

If you have not investigated this new workflow in ArchiCAD 15, please find more information & video content on Graphisoft's 'Renovation' New Features webpage.

Supplied as default within the Renovation Palette are five Renovation Filters:
• 01 Existing Plan
• 02 Demolition Plan
• 03 After Demolition
• 04 New Construction
• 05 Planned Status

From discussion with various architects/designers regarding the default setup of these five filters, it was noted that filter #4 '04 New Construction' was not setup exactly as they would have liked - it actually shows more informaion than needed ( i.e. the 'demolished' elements).

In the filter '04 New Construction', 'Existing' elements are shown 'as normal', with both 'New' and 'Demolished' elements shown (as 'override', i.e. in a dfferent colour)
The consensus, amongst those architects/designers we talked to, was that 'demolished' elements need not be shown/highlghted at this stage.
Obviously every individual has their opinion on this visual style, and may disagree with the above statement - this is purely meant as a reference to how to change the setup of a Renovation filter.

If you decide that you would like to change this filter setup, it must be noted that it must be changed in any existing project(s) and also in your own office-specific ArchiCAD template (for future projects).

The image below shows a sample model, with the default setup of the '04 New Construction' Renovation Filter applied - note the demolished (yellow) elements.


Workflow: To change the setup of '04 New Construction'
Goto either:
- Renovation Palette > Filter Pulldown > Renovation Filter Options
or
- Document > Set Renovation Filter > Renovation Filter Options





• Click on the entry '04 New Construction'
• Change the option for 'Demolished Elements' (from 'Override') to 'Hide' - thus 'turning off' any demolished elements in this filter.

• Click OK and the current view should update automatically.

The image below shows a sample model, with the new setup of the '04 New Construction' Renovation Filter applied - note the demolished elements are not shown.


The settings for ANY Renovation Filter can be changed to a preferred visual display for any individual or company - the scenario above is simply an example of one setup change commonly encountered.
For more information, see ArchiCAD Help > Contents > Virtual Building > Renovation > Renovation Filters > About Renovation Filters

To further develop a user's preferred visual output style more setup changes can be applied to the Renovation Filter Override Styles.
For more information, see ArchiCAD Help > Contents > Virtual Building > Renovation > Override Styles > Renovation Override Styles