Attributes in your Template File

The Attributes of an ARCHICAD file are the building blocks of everything that gets drawn and modelled.

We intentionally divide the Attributes in two groups:

The Peripheral Attributes and the Core Attributes.

Core Attributes are at the base of the pyramid and they help building the Peripheral Attributes:


and there are also dependencies….

The Attributes list of your Template file has been backed up into a XML file placed at:

  • M:/Hall and Hart/Drafting/Deliverables

Let’s have a brief explanation of some of the Attributes in your file:


Layers and Layer Combinations

Note the relationship between the names in the Layer Combinations and the Dedicated Annotation Layers.

The idea is: Use only ONE Annotation Layer PER Drawing Style; therefore all 2D content will be placed in that Annotation layer (Orange Group in the image below).

Layers & Layer Combinations.png


Pen Set tables

The Pen Set tables have been adjusted to suite the International Template which was implemented into the Australian release in ARCHICAD 18.

Each pen index has a specific colour, weight and assignment to a particular ARCHICAD element.

This can be reviewed in the image below:

Pen Sets V4.jpg

We have adapted the Pen Sets to create a Hall & Hart Pen Set (H&H 1:100) to be predominantly Black pens where necessary and changed the pen weights to 0.10mm.

As advised in the Template Implementation, we have adapted the Pen Set in the final 3 rows.

Row 1: A set of ten black colours starting at 0.1 and increasing by 0.1. EG, 0.1, 0.2 …

Row 2: A solitary Grey Pen at a 0.05 weight.

Row 3: A greyscale set at 0.13 weight

HH Pen Set.png


NB: If any specific colours are needed during a project then the last 4 rows of the Hall and Hart Pen Set are for that use. Those white boxes shown with a red shading are not assigned to any element and therefore can be used for any purpose.



The Composite List has been created to suite your commonly used building elements and naming convention.

All walls have been named via their built type, similar to that for the floor slabs and roofs.

There are a few wall types and Ceilings listed as codes, they are there as generics to use when and if needed.



Complex Profiles

Similar to the Composites

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Zone Categories


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