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Specification is an essential part of the design process. A badly written specification can cause major problems for every member of the project team, and can cost the client a great deal of money. A well written specification can enhance project delivery and save money. 
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Cross laminated timber explained 

Cross laminated timber explained

As a technology, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) has been around for more than a decade, but it is still a relatively new material as far as the UK construction industry goes. read more ...


Video: Visual concrete 

Video: Visual concrete

This programme will be of benefit to architects, structural engineers, project managers and construction specialists who wish to understand how concrete can be used on walls, columns, slabs and ceilings as a specified architectural finish. watch now ...


What is BIM? 

What is BIM?

BIM involves generating a visual model of a building which also manages data about it, at the design stage, throughout the construction phase and during its working life. read more ...


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RIBAJ HOUSING Conference –
Custom Build - Understanding the growth opportunities for architects

This one-day conference will look the housing market and where custom builds sit within it. It will assess how large custom build can become a reality and explore the key opportunities for architects in this burgeoning market. read more ...


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Specifications – now and in the future

NBS has been developing and providing specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals for over 40 years. We want to understand what effect these changes are having on specifications and what the industry expects of them in the future. In late 2013, NBS carried out a research project to answer these questions ... read more ...

The protocol and the supply chain

The BIM Protocol, published by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) in February 2013, whilst not the only BIM Protocol available, is likely to be heavily used on level 2 projects for the foreseeable future, given its support by the BIM Task Group and its current high profile ... read more ...

Changes to Building Regulations - Conservation of fuel and power

David Fuller, Technical Author at NBS, reviews the recent and forthcoming updates to Building Regulations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. read more ...

Eurocodes and Building Regulations in NBS

Alan Murray, Technical Author at NBS and Chartered Civil Engineer, provides an update on the status of references to Eurocodes in NBS. read more ...


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NBS News


NBS National BIM Survey demonstrates business case for BIM

The full NBS National BIM Survey will be released at BIM SHOW LIVE on 23 April 2014 and will be available on theNBS.com from 24 April 2014. read more ...

New research reveals specifications becoming increasingly central to BIM

The lifespan of specifications is increasing as they link to digital drawings and become more integral to Building Information Models according to the latest Specification Survey & Report published by NBS. Download the report now. read more ...


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