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BIM Content
The Star BIM content available for download requires Revit 2011 or later. It is not made of loadable families (i.e., RFA files) but instead material library entries, referenced in generic roof and wall assemblies that are set up as custom system families within a Revit project (RVT) file.

To use this content in a Revit model, you must import the project standards from this file into your current project. Revit then copies this content into your project permanently or at least until you delete it. This process must be done for every project that uses the content and is described below or in the PDF below:

  1. Download one or more of the compressed (ZIP) files: STARRevit2011Files-Architectural.zip, STARRevit2011Files-IMP.zip, and/or STARRevit2011Files-SSR.zip.

    Click below to download the files.

  2. Create a new folder within the Revit project file tree structure you utilize. It can be named whatever you'd like but we suggest something like "Star Roof and Wall Panels". Save the file downloaded in Step 1 in this folder.
  3. Extract the contents of the ZIP file into the same folder in which it resides, including the contained subfolders. Delete the ZIP file if desired.
  4. Open the Revit Project file extracted in Step 3 that contains the product you want to use. The files are organized by product line groups. Each Revit project file contains the corresponding product lines within the following groups of products:

    • Architectural - Concealed Fastening Wall Systems
    • IMP - Insulated Metal Panels
    • SSR - Standing Seam Roof Systems

  5. Open your current project or create a new one using your own project template.
  6. Go to the "Manage" tab on the menu ribbon and click "Transfer Project Standards".
  7. On the "Copy From" drop‐down box, make sure the project selected is the project file you opened in Step 4.
  8. Click the "Check None" button.
  9. Scroll down the list and check the "Materials" box.
  10. If the desired panel is a roof panel, check "Roof Types". If the desired panel is a wall panel, check "Wall Types".
  11. Click "OK". If a Duplicate Types dialog appears saying that certain types already exist in the destination project, instruct Revit to only transfer the new ones by clicking "New Only". Revit will copy the selected content into the current project.
  12. Select the roof(s) or wall(s) on which you wish to use the panel or if necessary, draw the roof(s) or wall(s) and then select it (them).
  13. On the top of the Properties window, click the Family Type drop‐down and select the desired assembly. The assemblies added with the project downloaded all start with "Metal_Panel". This allows you to find them easily. If you wish to use your own assemblies, select them instead of the added ones.
  14. Click the "Edit Type" button in the Properties window. On the dialog box that comes up, beside the entry for "Structure", click "Edit…".
  15. For the "Finish" layer, under the "Material" column, there is a small button with ellipsis (…) next to the material description. Click it to bring up the Materials dialog box.
  16. Click on the "Render Appearance" tab. It is very likely that Revit will not be able to locate the material files. If so, you will see a message that says
    "One or more texture files cannot be found. Click missing items below to locate." If you do not see this message, skip to Step 21.
  17. Under the "Generic" heading, below the "Image" box, there will be text that starts with "Steel-Star". Click this text.
  18. A Select File dialog appears. Navigate to the folder created in Step 3 and double click the "Star Material Files" folder. A list of material texture files will appear. You do not need to actually select a file; Revit will find it from here. Click "Open". The previous dialog will reappear.
  19. The sample object at the top of the "Render Appearance" tab should now be rendered with the proper color, but it still needs a relief file selected as well. Scroll down to the "Bump" heading and expand it.
  20. After a few seconds, the sample object should update and the error message displayed in Step 18 should disappear. If it does not, locate the bump file similarly to how the color file was located in Step 17 and 18.
  21. Click "OK". This takes you back to the "Edit Assembly" dialog.
  22. Further edit the assembly as desired to meet your needs. Once finished, click "OK". This takes you back to the "Type Properties" dialog.
  23. Edit the type properties as you need to meet your needs, including exploring the webpages referenced.
  24. Click "OK" to close the "Type Properties" dialog.
  25. Repeat these steps as needed to bring in other product line groups.
  26. Continue to work with the content as desired. As you do, Revit might occasionally lose track of the material files, causing improper rendering. Unfortunately, this is common with Revit as you add more materials. Revit does not copy the material file contents into the project so if this happens, you'll need to repeat the process described above to link them again.