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    Does anyone have Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) experience in Revit (and CLT family)?

    Dear all,

    I have some practical experience with building homes with cross laminated timber (CLT) and I'm thinking about doing the drawing/engineering myself too. I have just completed a basic course in Revit, so I'm still 99% of the time confused and figuring out what to do when I open Revit (but at least I'm trying).

    I was wondering if any of you have experience with CLT in Revit, and perhaps have any tips or more importantly: do you know where I could find and download CLT families in Revit?

    All help is very much appreciated!

    Kind regards,
    Clemens

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    I'm not really into CLT, but from what I understand it is a solid wall made of laminated wood instead of CMU or concrete, right?

    In that case just make a solid wall and give it a CLT material and use that. Seems to me by far the easiest way to model that, unless you want all the elements modeled as prefab elements like they do with concrete for example. Then either generic models of structural framing I guess, but as every element will be custom made I don't think you will find many pre made CLT families for that.

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    I'd second what Robin said. Walls, floors and roofs. Then if you needed to get into higher detail, generic model families. All depends on what the output wants to be.

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    I would also use the wall tool, even if you have to make fabricationdrawings for the panels. Just ''disallow join'' every wall and when the designphase is over make assemblies of every wall and floor. I would not use generic models of structural beaming for that.

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    I did one house in CLT
    Modeled the CLT panels as separate walls. generated drawings showing the geometry of the different walls with reservations for sockets etc.
    The engineering, separate panels, joints between panels etc, was done by the manufacturer on the basis of my geometry.Everything arrived on site pr-e fabricated and putting it together was a matter of days. Roof structure and mezzanine are traditional timber framing and the whole structure is placed on a partially underground concrete structure.
    I did not use any specialized families just plain walls.
    Metsa wood might have some and I think AGA CAd has a special (paid) CLT App for Revit


    Below is a link to a presentation of the house. The actual house is being constructed right now.
    https://youtu.be/FGRoa3ZfYUA
    Last edited by Geert; November 20th, 2020 at 06:31 PM. Reason: misspelled METSA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geert View Post
    Below is a link to a presentation of the house. The actual house is being constructed right now.
    https://youtu.be/FGRoa3ZfYUA
    nicely done, both house and presentation!

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