02 - 23 September, 2020
BCS Online
Wednesday, 23 September, 2020 | 11:00 AM

To Host or Not to Host,That is the Question: Using Hosted Families in Revit

Purvi Irwin, CADD Microsystems
Pre-Design, Design
Content, Model Management
Design Technology Manager, Academics/Students, Architects/Architectural Designers, BIM Leaders/Managers, Coders/Programmers, Digital Engineers, Engineers - Electrical, Engineers - Fire, Engineers - Mechanical, Engineers - Other disciplines, Engineers - Plumbing/Hydraulic, Engineers - Structural, Information Managers, Modellers, VDC Coordinators/Manager


Do you use hosted families in Revit or are they taboo? During this roundtable we will discuss the pros and cons of using hosted families across a variety of disciplines and model configurations to better understand how you may take advantage of this feature within your projects.

Learning Objectives:

Gain an understanding of the limitations of hosted objects and how to overcome them.
Learn how hosted elements work across all the disciplines and strategies to use them effectively.
Learn the pros and cons of hosting elements across linked models and the limitations.
Gain a better understanding of how the different types of hosting affect graphics and how elements work within Revit.


Whether or not to use hosted elements in Revit projects has always been a topic of hot debate among Revit professionals. As Revit has evolved, so has this discussion and what was the dominant method 5 years ago may have changed based on revisions to the software and/or workflows.
During this roundtable we will discuss the pros and cons of using hosted families and when it might make sense or not. Below is a list of some discussion topics for the session:
• How has hosting in Revit changed over the years and has this affected whether you utilize this feature when creating content.
• Recommendations on when to use hosted families and why.
• Hosted families and links – benefits and issues
• How different types of hosting work differently – face-based vs. specific wall/floor/ceiling/roof
• Uses of 2-level based families
• Converting hosted families between hosting types or to non-hosted



Purvi Irwin

CADD Microsystems
Practice Manager, Architecture

COVID-19 Update

20th May 2020

DBEI has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation around the world. While some parts of our society are beginning to open in baby-steps, none of us know how the situation will develop over the coming months. As such, DBEI has now made the decision to postpone all our 2020 events to 2021 as the well-being of all our partners and participants in our events remains our utmost priority. For new details on each region please visit our event pages. We have also sent communications to all registered attendees, speakers or sponsors for all of our 2020 events.

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