How do I create a trapezoid window to follow the pitch of the roof?
Version(s): 11, 12
The Elevation of the custom window will need to be created first. This can be done by creating a custom shape.
Select Draw > Detail > Opening shape > Polygon (or triangle). You can piece together certain shapes or use
Polygon to draw the correct shape. If you are trying to achieve an angle to match the pitch of the roof, use the
‘Angle in Pitch’ command (Options > Angle in pitch). This will display the pitch in the Status bar as the
opening is being drawn
To add the new Elevation Opening to the Library, select File> System Library> Library Type: Elevation
Openings. Highlight a Library to add the new opening into. Click on the Add button. As prompted, draw a box around
the entire shape. Give it a name and then click OK on the ‘Add Elevation Opening’ menu. In the Configure Library
menu, switch the Library type from ‘Elevation Openings’ to ‘Openings’. Highlight a Library to add the new plan
opening into. Click on the Add button. Give the new plan opening a name. Then choose ‘Custom Opening’. Select the
Plan type “Window”. Then choose the Library in which the Elevation Opening was added and its Symbol name. The
program links the custom Elevation view to the plan opening. This will prompt the Configure opening menu, at which
point the plan opening can be customized to suit your needs. Click OK on all of the menus when finished. The
opening will now be available to draw in plan.
Version(s): 13 +
A unique trapezoid opening is provided in Version 13 that will automatically follow the roof pitch of a roof placed
above. It has been created by linking it to the Auto Slope Top Elevation Opening, which has a trapezoid shape. It
is available under Draw > Detail > Opening Shapes > Auto Slope Top. The Opening can be drawn from Draw
> Opening > Window > Specialty > Trapezoid. Once placed on the wall and the roof pitch is set above, it
will follow the same angle and will be displayed in Elevations and 3D views.