If you have worked with ArchiCAD door and window schedules for more than about 30 minutes you have faced the occasional stubborn door or window that either will not show up on the schedule at all, or will not populate the room name or home story column of the schedule.

Window/Door Will Not Schedule

There are a few trouble shooting items to review to help resolve this problem. If the object will not schedule at all, the simple solution is to verify that it is not being excluded from by the schedule criteria list. Some of these lists can get to be very complicated, in order to allow the use of the window tool to represent many different (non-window) elements, such as cased openings, fireplace components, wall niches, etc.

Take a quick look at the Schedule Scheme Settings in the upper right corner of the schedule window:

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Then review the Schedule Criteria List in the scheme setting dialog box. These settings should be as minimal as needed to exclude what shouldn’t show up, but leave what should. Here is a great example of a list that works for a very complicated 4 story remodel project:

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If this is not the cause of the problem check your schedules view settings in the view map. Verify the layer combination is not excluding the walls that contain the door or windows. Also, verify the renovation status is not excluding the walls OR door/window units that the elements are defined as.

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Room Name or Home Story Will Not Schedule

This can be a trickier one to track down, since there are several reasons this happens. The first step I recommend is to review the window or door in plan view to assess its relationship with the schedule it should be scheduling to. There is a great shortcut for opening a selected schedule item in plan (or 3d) views.

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Once you have the opening selected in plan view select the zone it should be related to.

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 2.01.30 PMEverything looks ok and W01 should schedule… But it doesn’t! So look closer and you may find the zone is not running to the face of finish. Walls may have moved or the zone may have not been updated if linked to a zone boundary.

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 2.01.40 PMIf this all checks out and the window still will not list a room name check the window or door orientation. Remember that doors and windows have an outside and an inside, even if the whole element is technically not part of the building envelope. When you place a window or door you define the exterior via the little “sun” icon designating the prescribed exterior face of the wall.

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 2.08.48 PMIt may not be extremely clear which side is designated as exterior AFTER the unit is placed. But you can try “flipping” the orientation in the window/door selection settings. This redefines the exterior as opposite the installed orientation. It also flips the doors orientation in the wall; but a simple rotate and click will put the unit in the correct orientation while maintaining the newly assigned “exterior” face.

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 2.08.57 PMIf THIS doesn’t work we will need to dig deeper. Doors and windows do not associate to a distance greater than about 42″ above or below their story extents, as measured from their insertion point. The insertion point is the Header or Sill to _______ definition. If you insert using a typical header to home story setting, the insertion point is the header. If that header point is below its home story, regardless of the location and association of the zone to that story there is no practical method of listing a room name.

The solution to this is to set up stories appropriately. Half stories should have their own designated stories; this is an easier solution earlier in the project so discuss with the DDC & your model manager as soon as possible. We can show walls on multiple stories and have near perfect graphic control of what is shown as cut through using the floor plan cut plane settings. But that is a story for another post…


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