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Advanced Buildxact Assemblies (Imperial)
Advanced Buildxact Assemblies (Imperial)

Assemblies for cladding, insulation, bricks, framing, decking, joists, bearers and more.

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Written by Dan C
Updated over a week ago

Audience: Builders

Read/watch time: 35-40 mins

Article contents: Guide to understanding how to use assemblies in Buildxact

This article relates to assemblies (known as recipes outside of North America) in imperial units. If you're outside of North America and work in metric units use the button below to head to the relevant article.


Whilst we use the term "recipes" outside of North America and the term "assemblies" inside North America they are essentially the same thing. The reason for the difference is about us being in line with local terms.

With that in mind, occasionally some of our North American training content will use the term "recipes" in the place of "assemblies", there is no difference other than the term and so please think "assembly" when you hear "recipe".

Intro to Assemblies

Assemblies can be used for various different functions to achieve various different results. The main benefits are the ability to:

  1. Drop in a group of items quickly

  2. Link one takeoff measurement to a group of items (e.g.: one wall measurement connecting all the components in the wall)

  3. Convert unit of measure - from the units you measure in, to the units you order in (e.g.: m2 of plaster converting to sheets of plaster)

If you are new to assemblies, we suggest you start on the video below which is an introduction. If you're familiar with assemblies, skip ahead to the videos further below.

Assembly Rounding

The ability to round the final quantity of assembly items is available on all assemblies, however it's a newer feature and may not show in all assembly content. You can learn all about it here.

Advanced Assemblies

Below are several awesome assembly ideas to take your estimating to the next level. They cover drywall, insulation, framing, decking, joists, bearers and more.

How to build a drywall assembly

Setting up framing item assemblies

We have both a video on this and step by step on framing, the button below takes you to the detailed instructions.

Setting up decking and flooring item assemblies

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