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Visual Building Features

Here follows a list of the main features of Visual Building. The complete list of features is much longer:


  • DS Roof Import
  • Arcon XML
  • 2D DXF
  • 2D DWG


  • .cyg 2D object
  • .3ds object (3D Studio)
  • .cob object (Truespace)
  • .dxf (3D DXF)
  • .wrl (VRML)
  • .lw, .lwo, .lwm, .lwb (Lightwave)
  • .obj (Wavefront)
  • Export timber lists in PDF, RTF, Excel or HTML format


  • Multiple 2D and 3D views, tabbed or arranged layout
  • True cross section views
  • Full screen view mode
  • Plan layout mode- multiple views on single sheet
  • View Styles


  • Metric
  • Imperial (decimal and fractional)
  • Dimension in 2D and 3D views
  • Multiple dimension styles


  • 2D objects includes large 2D symbol library
  • 3D objects includes large furniture library, and construction items, doors, windows
  • Large texture library
  • Large materials library
  • All catalogues are extendible


  • Catalogue of standard windows sizes and styles
  • Window design tool for addtional styles and sizes or bespoke windows.


  • Catalogue of standard door sizes and styles


  • Comprehensive roof designer supports: Hipped, Mansard, Gable, Half hipped
  • Roof Types

  • Roofs support valley gutters, guttering, ridge tiling
  • Extensive range of functions for roofs and dormers
  • Timber list export
  • Skiylights


  • Multiple dormer types: Shed, Flat, Hipped, Triangular, Trapezoid, Barrel, Bat


  • 3D landscaping with predefined landscape forms- hills, plateau, walls, trench
  • Set terrain height using height points or contours


  • Design and construction of buildings
  • Design of garden and landscape
  • Construction in any view in 2D plan view, section view or 3D view
  • Polygonal winding staircases (solid or wooden)
  • Polygonal landing staircases (solid or wooden)
  • Construction aids, eg 3D/2D guidelines
  • Snap-to functions for 3D objects
  • Accurate input option using numerical input
  • Detailed visibilities for each view using level of detail feature
  • Comprehensive catalogue of 3D objects, materials, textures and 2D symbols
  • Create individual 2D symbols for text blocks, graphic elements, legends
  • Project management using the project viewer, copy floors, create layers
  • Settings for sun and moon for the illumination and shadow calculations
  • Ray tracing, anti-aliasing; create images from observation points during processing
  • Many 2D drawing functions
  • Assistants for copying properties and for select and delete operations
  • Structural layers for walls, ceilings and floors
  • User definition of structural layers for inclusion in the catalogue
  • Predefined banisters for staircases
  • Edit models using materials and textures
  • Define user light sources, spot lighting, ambient and directional light sources
  • Scale objects
  • Surface editor for surfacing areas and sub-areas, editing in 2D and 3D
  • Automatic recognition of wall openings
  • Analysis of surfaced areas with respect to area and material requirements

      Hall Construction

      Merge Roof


      You can now merge two individual roof sections. The merged roofs can also be edited as individual roofs.



      Create 2 separate roof sections



      And then merge them into a single roof


      Note that after the roof sections have been merged, the roof cladding and the roof wood construction are also merged.


      The advanced roof editing feature is available in Visual Building Premium and Visual Building Solar Designer

      Metal Roof Cladding


      You can now apply 3 different types of metal roof cladding:



      Round corrugated



      Trapezoid corrugated



      Raised seam corrugated


      This new feature is of interest to those designing industrial/commercial properties. It is also of interest to demonstrate the look of solar panels when mounted on such currugated structures.


      The corrugated roof structure feature is part of Visual Building Professional, Premium and Solar Designer.

      Roof Cut-Out


      You can now enter multiple rectangular openings or cutouts in the roof. These roof cutouts can also be selected and deleted.


      This is a new feature to Visual Building v4 and is applicable to Visual Building Professional, Premium and Solar Designer.



      The roof cut-out can be applied and viewed in both 2D and 3D


      The cut-out tool can also be combined with the roof extension tool

      Roof Types


      Visual Building has a comprehensive roof designer that supports many roof styles including the following roof types:



      Gable end construction


      Gable end


      Half hipped roof construction


      Half Hipped roof


      Mansard Roof Construction


      Mansard Roof


      Extended Mansard Roof Construction


      Extended Mansard Roof

      With these standard roof styles you can create many different Simple Roof Shapes and more Complex Roof Shapes


      Visual Building now enables you to create multiple sided (e.g hexagonal) roof designs as well as circular.


      Visual Building Premium also allows you to merge roof structures thus allowing mor advanced roof designs.