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Definition from ISO 6707-1:1989: Construction comprising a succession of horizontal stages (steps or landings) that make it possible to pass on foot to other levels.

Definition from buildingSMART: A vertical passageway allowing occupants to walk (step) from one floor level to another floor level at a different elevation. It may include a landing as an intermediate floor slab.

The stair is a container entity that aggregates all components of the stair, it represents. The aggregation is handled via the IfcRelAggregates relationship, relating an IfcStair with the related flights (IfcStairFlight) and landings (IfcSlab with type 'Landing').

HISTORY: New Entity in IFC Release 2.0.

Property Set Use Definition:

The property sets relating to the IfcStair are defined by the IfcPropertySet and attached by the IfcRelDefinesByProperties relationship. It is accessible by the inverse IsDefinedBy relationship. The following property set definitions specific to the IfcStair are part of this IFC release:

Geometry Use Definitions:

The geometric representation of IfcStair is given by the IfcProductDefinitionShape, allowing multiple geometric representation. Independent geometric representations should only be used when the IfcStair is not defined as an aggregate. If defined as an aggregate, the geometric representation is the sum of the representation of the components within the aggregate.

Local placement

The local placement for IfcStair is defined in its supertype IfcProduct. It is defined by the IfcLocalPlacement, which defines the local coordinate system that is referenced by all geometric representations.

If the LocalPlacement is given for the IfcStair, then all components, which are aggregated to the stair should use this placement as their relative placement.

Geometric Representation

If the IfcStair has components (referenced by SELF\IfcObject.IsDecomposedBy) then no independent geometric representation shall defined for the IfcStair. The IfcStair is then geometrically represented by the geometric representation of its components. The components are accessed via SELF\IfcObject.IsDecomposedBy[1].RelatedObjects.

If the IfcStair has no components defined (empty set of SELF\IfcObject.IsDecomposedBy) then the IfcStair may be represented by an IfcShapeRepresentation with the RepresentationType = 'Brep'.


stair IfcStair defining only the local placement for all components.

EXPRESS specification:

SUBTYPE OF ( IfcBuildingElement);
ShapeType  :  IfcStairTypeEnum;
WR1  :  (HIINDEX(SELF\IfcObjectDefinition.IsDecomposedBy) = 0) OR ((HIINDEX(SELF\IfcObjectDefinition.IsDecomposedBy) = 1) AND (NOT(EXISTS(SELF\IfcProduct.Representation))));

Attribute definitions:

ShapeType  :  Predefined shape types for a stair that are specified in an Enum.

Formal Propositions:

WR1  :  Either the stair is not decomposed into its flights and landings (the stair can have independent geometry), or the geometry shall not be given at IfcStair directly.

Inheritance graph

ENTITY IfcStair;
GlobalId  :  IfcGloballyUniqueId;
OwnerHistory  :  IfcOwnerHistory;
Name  :  OPTIONAL IfcLabel;
Description  :  OPTIONAL IfcText;
ENTITY IfcObjectDefinition;
HasAssignments  :  SET OF IfcRelAssigns FOR RelatedObjects;
IsDecomposedBy  :  SET OF IfcRelDecomposes FOR RelatingObject;
Decomposes  :  SET [0:1] OF IfcRelDecomposes FOR RelatedObjects;
HasAssociations  :  SET OF IfcRelAssociates FOR RelatedObjects;
ENTITY IfcObject;
ObjectType  :  OPTIONAL IfcLabel;
IsDefinedBy  :  SET OF IfcRelDefines FOR RelatedObjects;
ENTITY IfcProduct;
ObjectPlacement  :  OPTIONAL IfcObjectPlacement;
Representation  :  OPTIONAL IfcProductRepresentation;
ReferencedBy  :  SET OF IfcRelAssignsToProduct FOR RelatingProduct;
ENTITY IfcElement;
Tag  :  OPTIONAL IfcIdentifier;
FillsVoids  :  SET [0:1] OF IfcRelFillsElement FOR RelatedBuildingElement;
ConnectedTo  :  SET OF IfcRelConnectsElements FOR RelatingElement;
HasCoverings  :  SET OF IfcRelCoversBldgElements FOR RelatingBuildingElement;
HasProjections  :  SET OF IfcRelProjectsElement FOR RelatingElement;
HasStructuralMember  :  SET OF IfcRelConnectsStructuralElement FOR RelatingElement;
ReferencedInStructures  :  SET OF IfcRelReferencedInSpatialStructure FOR RelatedElements;
HasPorts  :  SET OF IfcRelConnectsPortToElement FOR RelatedElement;
HasOpenings  :  SET OF IfcRelVoidsElement FOR RelatingBuildingElement;
IsConnectionRealization  :  SET OF IfcRelConnectsWithRealizingElements FOR RealizingElements;
ProvidesBoundaries  :  SET OF IfcRelSpaceBoundary FOR RelatedBuildingElement;
ConnectedFrom  :  SET OF IfcRelConnectsElements FOR RelatedElement;
ContainedInStructure  :  SET [0:1] OF IfcRelContainedInSpatialStructure FOR RelatedElements;
ENTITY IfcBuildingElement;
ENTITY IfcStair;
ShapeType  :  IfcStairTypeEnum;