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Tips to work with Renovation


About the Renovation Feature

Element-level Definition of Renovation Status

  • No need to create extra layers: just set a default Renovation Status (Existing, New, To Be Demolished) for all element types.
  • Switch Renovation Status of any/all selected elements with a single click.

Renovation Related Plan Types Out of the Box

  • Renovation Filters available out of the box (e.g. Existing Plan, Demolition Plan, New Construction).
  • Renovation Filters show, hide, or override elements depending on their status.
  • Switch among Renovation Filters to display the project at various renovation stages.
  • Redefine or create new Renovation Filters to fit your office standard.
  • Views and drawings graphically communicate the Renovation process.

Graphical Highlighting of Elements by Renovation Status

  • Assign an override style (color, fill, line type) to highlight elements by status (e.g. demolished or new).
  • Overrides automatically appear as defined by the current Renovation Filter.
  • Customize override styles to match your office standards.

Simple Export of Different Plan Types

  • Saving in DWG: Elements can be automatically sorted onto different layers depending on their renovation status.
  • Saving in IFC: WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) logic prevails: if the element is shown in the current Renovation filter, then it is exported to IFC. If it is hidden, then it is not exported.




Turn on Renovation Palette

Use the Renovation Palette to assign a Renovation Status to any number of selected elements, or to set a default status for all elements. The Renovation Palette can be opened from Window > Palettes > Renovation.



Quick Options Palette

From the Quick Options palette, click the desired filter from the Renovation Filter pop-up to assign to the View.


Change Element Default Status

Before placing any element applying a Renovation Status, set its default status on the Renovation Palette. These buttons can be also used to change the status of the selected placed elements. EmokeCsikos_5-1720714387735.png

Show on current Renovation Filter only / Show on all relevant Filters

Use this toggle on the palette to restrict the default display of any element to a certain Filter - so that the element is visible only in a particular view filter or on all relevant Filters. EmokeCsikos_7-1720714763188.png

Tags and Categories

In Element Settings dialog the Renovation Status and Show On Renovation Filter options can be uniquely changed for every element. EmokeCsikos_6-1720714599339.png

Graphic Override Rules for Renovation

Graphic Override Rules define what elements with a specific Renovation Status should look like. The Graphic Override Rules dialog can be accessed from the Renovation Filter Options dialog. EmokeCsikos_8-1720715563132.png



Best Practices


Save Filter Options with Project Template

Renovation Filter Options are stored with the project. Save the project as a template file, then use that template when creating new projects to ensure that your preferred renovation options are available by default.



Export Configured Filter Options to Another Computer

From the Renovation Filter Options dialog box, export your preferred settings as an XML file. You can then import this file to be able to use your Renovation Filter Options on another machine.



Creating Views for the documentation

Once you have defined Renovation Statuses for your elements, and you have adjusted the Renovation Filter options to your liking, just apply the desired Renovation Filter. Save with the view. Your published Drawings will thus reflect the settings of your Renovation Filters.






Workflows for Tricky Renovation Situations

See guidance in the Archicad Help: Workflows for Tricky Renovation Situations


Adding Insulation to Walls

If you want to add a layer of insulation to an existing wall, you simply add an insulation skin to the composite wall. However, you cannot assign “New” status to just a single component of a wall - only to the wall itself. To distinguish (for Renovation Filter purposes) the new insulation added to the original wall. See Adding Insulation to Walls in Archicad Help.


Adding New Door Panel to Existing Door Frame

If you are adding a new door panel to an existing frame, the following workflow can be used for your Renovation filters: Adding New Door Panel to Existing Door Frame in Archicad Help.


This workflow is used to denote the renovation process in Zone Stamps

Suppose you have a zone that represents a closet, and it is to be transformed into a bathroom. See Zone Stamps for Renovated Rooms in Archicad Help.


Listing Material Quantities for Renovation Projects

This workflow explains how to set up views for Interactive Schedules that help you determine the total quantities of demolished building materials to be carted away, and of new building materials to be acquired. See Listing Material Quantities for Renovation Projects in Archicad Help.


Jakub Nohejl

Hello everybody, 


does any of you know how set up Line thickness of Composite at Opening window? I have existing composite wall and one to be demolished window and one new window (pic01). When I set the end line of the composite as 0.1 mm (pic02) and show the view as New Construction filter, there are still one line which has original thickness (pic3).


Is there any possibility how change only line thickness between new part of the wall and existing part? 


Best regards,




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