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Plumbing Fixture Requirements with Ideate Sticky for Revit

Due to the nature of Revit’s data structure there are several important code-level tasks that cannot be completed by using a Revit Schedule. For example, a table that requires the comparison of two separate groups of data such as a Gross and Net Area cannot be done with a Revit Schedule. Another example is any data that requires a summary first, and THEN a rounding or a conditional format that is applied only to that summary. Plumbing Fixture Count Requirements are a typical example of this particular condition.

Most non-residential buildings have code requirements for the number of toilets, etc. based on the area usage within the proposed building. In this simple example we have two floors, each with a few Rooms (Areas can also be used). The Revit schedule is showing the results of a conditional statement applied to each Room or Area per each floor.

The use of the conditional formula within Revit can lead to inaccurate results.

IF, however, we were to take that data outside of Revit (which we can do with Ideate BIMLink) we can decide WHEN the conditional formula gets applied to the data. If we first add up all the occupants per floor and THEN use the conditional statement on that subtotal, we get VERY different results: now we only need (3) men’s toilets on the first floor instead of (7)! This is saving your building owner serious money! 

Read the rest of this valuable Ideate Sticky for Revit workflow and see the video by Glynnis Patterson in the Ideate Sofware blog post.

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