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Question: What is Revit?
Answer: Revit is a completely different way of drafting. Autodesk® Revit is Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for Microsoft® Windows® developed by Autodesk. It allows you to design with both parametric 3D modeling and 2D drafting elements. BIM is a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program that employs intelligent 3D objects to represent real physical building components such as walls and doors. Revit allows designers to add more detail - both graphic and nongraphic - to their building information models earlier in the process to support a variety of tasks from design visualization to energy analysis and cost estimating.

Question: Which building components does Revit encompass?
Answer: The Revit BIM solution includes an extensive library of components. These parametric families range from basic architectural components such as walls, casework, and doors, to elaborate assemblies, such as kitchen cabinetry and escalators. Revit components include geometry (the component's size and shape) and design intent (how it relates to other building components), as well as nongraphic attributes that describe the component such as materials or fire rating.

Revit Architecture includes an extensive library of generic parametric components. Because Revit components are parametric by nature, the library doesn't have to include a representation of every single size or type of component - the library elements are preprogrammed to size accordingly.

The component libraries created by Autodesk for Revit Architecture are generic. They don't describe specific manufacturers' components and, therefore, have no specific product information such as model number.

Question: How does adding detailed product information help my design?
Answer: One of the advantages of BIM is the ability to include detailed information regarding the building, even at a very early stage of the design. Incorporating more detailed data in the building information model, including manufacturer-specific building product data, and adding it earlier in the process can:
  • better convey design ideas, even in early conceptual models
  • provide a more accurate energy analysis and evaluations of how specific products perform in specific design contexts
  • present earlier cost estimating information and specification applications
  • create highly detailed 3D visualizations throughout the building process

Question: How do I add custom components and manufacturer products?
Answer: Several approaches can be used to add custom components, as well as manufacturer-specific components and related product attributes.

User generated. Revit Architecture users can create their own content using the parametric family templates that come with the software. Users also can draw on content generated by colleagues or from user community Web sites. However, there's no guarantee that the component definition is accurate.

Commercial sites. Users can download content from commercial sites such as BIMWorld, which develop both generic as well as manufacturer-specific BIM content. In general, downloads from these sites are free for users because the content is paid for by building product manufacturers who contract with the site to develop BIM libraries of their products.

Manufacturer sites. Content developed and distributed directly by manufacturers is the most reliable way to get manufacturer-specific product data. In fact, many manufacturers already provide CAD representations of their products that designers can use in CAD applications. Similarly, BIM representations of those products are starting to be offered.

Question: Do Geberit and Chicago Faucets have BIM product representations?
Answer: Geberit and Chicago Faucets have created a BIM-based library of their product lines, enabling specifiers, architects, and designers to easily incorporate the products in building information models. Simply browse, select products, and find information you need. For Revit users, the library delivers product content directly to the Revit platform, with design templates for Revit-specific system files that can be used for creating, defining, and manipulating interior designs. Download these components directly into your Revit BIM.

Question: How do I download Revit?
Answer: Autodesk Revit Architecture is available for purchase at It can be downloaded by selecting the product and following the prompts on the website.

Question: How do I download Geberit and Chicago Faucets BIM-based libraries?
Answer: For individual products, a link to the Revit file (if available) is on the product page. Use the Catalog or Search function to find a specific product. If you need multiple Revit files for your project, visit our Specifier Resource Center at There you will find a complete listing of all Revit files and IGES files (an alternative CAD format) available on our site. You can select and download multiple files with just a few clicks.