Adjusting How Objects are Reported to the Materials List

Reference Number: KB-00098
Last Modified: July 16, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


What can I do to adjust how a specific object is reported to a Materials List?


The properties located on the Components panel of an objects specification dialog controls how an object is reported to a Materials List in Chief Architect.

To adjust how objects are reported to the materials list

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on the object that you want to adjust.

    In this example, a door is selected.

  2. With the object selected, click the Open Object Open Object tool icon edit button to open its Specification dialog.

  3. On the Components panel:

    Components panel of an Interior Door Specification

    • Click on a line item to select it and display its Materials List information to the right.

    • To change a specific line item, focus on the Formula column, then double-click on the cell that contains the information that you want to adjust. For example, double-clicking on the ID Formula cell will allow you to access a drop-down menu to choose what category the object will reported to.

    • When an ellipses (...) is present in a cell, you may notice that information in that cell is uneditable. This typically indicates that the information is populated from another location, such as the Object Information panel.

    • When a component is selected, click the Add Line Item Add button icon button to add a new component to the list, or click the Remove Line Item  button to remove the selected line item. Click the Restore Automatic Line Items button to restore components that have been removed.

    • The Value column displays the results from any formula specified in the Formula column, and is for reference only.

    • Once all desired changes have been made, click OK to close the dialog.

  4. Select Tools> Materials List> Calculate Materials for All Floors  from the menu to create a new Materials List.

    If you delete the object, the adjustments you made will not be reported when generating a new Materials List.

    Changes made to an object saved in the library do not affect instances of that object already placed in a plan; they are only applied to instances of the object placed in the future.