Room data sheets are used to convey the requirements of the client for a specific type of space to the design teams. They are typically designed during the briefing and architectural programming stages. The information they contain could contain general requirements, guidance notes or specifications for finishes, fixtures and fittings (F&F) and mechanical and electrical equipment.

Information is usually displayed on a single sheet for each room and hence the name. However, depending on the how much work is required, it may be spread over more than one sheet. They are typically given to contractors with the specifications and drawings.

A range of software is available to aid in the creation of RDSs. Certain software is designed to connect Revit models in order that the content of the model and the room data sheets are identical. This makes the document simpler to manage and avoids duplicate entries in both.

Layer is a highly efficient management tool for the room data. It comes with an easy-to-use interface for recording room data and can produce multiple sheets per type of space. It can even add room types to existing Revit projects and produce custom reports. Layer also permits users to specify naming conventions that are applicable to views on sheets and can manage properties like size, browser organization and name.

The Layouts panel lets you control the layout of views created on a sheet including margin values as well as the position of the titleblock. In addition, the option to exclude the view titles from the calculation of the total size of views on a sheet is disabled. This will stop titles from obscuring views on the sheet and will also allow more elevation views to generated on a sheet.