Welcome to NBS

NBS Products

The NBS Construction Desktop is the name for our range of inter-related specification and information products. In bringing together the strengths of the NBS specification systems, their integral product and manufacturer information, links to the Construction Information Service and our NBS information resources, we can provide customers with access to all of their information needs. Specifications, product information, regulatory and standards documents are now linked, allowing users quick and easy access to all documents.

Specification Products

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.

  • NBS Create

    NBS Create – our groundbreaking new specification tool. Authored by our in-house experts to make sure your time specifying is fast and efficient, saving you time and money. Read more

  • NBS National BIM Library

    NBS National BIM Library is the construction industry's free-to-use resource of NBS standard BIM content, available in industry-neutral IFC format and formats compatible with Autodesk Revit, ArchiCAD, Vectorworks, Tekla and Bentley. Visit the NBS National BIM Library

  • NBS Building

    NBS Building is our most widely used specification system. It is a library of pre-written specification clauses with extensive guidance, suitable for a wide variety of construction projects. It is available in three levels of service depending upon the size Read more

  • NBS Landscape

    NBS Landscape is established as the industry standard landscape specification system. It is a library of pre-written specification and contract preliminaries clauses with extensive guidance, suitable for both hard and soft landscape projects Read more

  • NBS Scheduler

    NBS Scheduler is a flexible software package for use on projects without bills of quantities. It creates high quality three part documents consisting of preliminaries, an automatically generated specification and priceable schedules of work, for smaller building Read more

  • NBS Domestic Specification

    NBS Domestic Specification is a simple, concise and easy-to-use document for use on small domestic projects. It is divided into elements of work likely to be encountered on a traditional domestic project, whether that is new build, alteration, or extension. Read more

  • NBS Plug-ins

    Coordinating the information between your specification model and your CAD model is key to robust, coordinated project documentation. NBS provide a range of tools to help in this area. Read more


Project Management

Administration of a construction contract is a critical part of the building process. It is potentially high risk, is prone to dispute and litigation and requires detailed knowledge, understanding and experience to be done correctly. Having the right tools for the job will help to reduce the risk of error and save time.

  • NBS Contract Administrator

    NBS Contract Administrator offers support and assistance with the important task of contract administration. It contains all the RIBA Contract Administration Forms and automates many of the aspects of completing these forms. Read more

  • RIBA Building Contracts

    The RIBA Domestic Building Contract and RIBA Concise Building Contracts are designed to be used in conjunction with RIBA's Architect's Appointment Agreements for Small Projects (domestic and concise forms); the new contracts are fully aligned with the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. Read more

  • RIBA Agreements

    The RIBA Agreements 2010 is a versatile suite of contract documents for the appointment of architects and other consultants, providing a flexible, user friendly system for creating professional services contracts. Read more


Information Resources

It is often difficult to keep up to date with the latest regulatory, industry and product information. To assist you, NBS has a comprehensive range of information resources.

  • NBS Building Regulations

    NBS Building Regulations is an online resource that contains the official Approved Documents in an easy-to-use electronic format. It is linked to the guidance in NBS specification software and also includes a practical series of technical guidance - ‘NBS Shortcuts’. Read more

  • RIBA Product Selector

    RIBA Product Selector is the market-leading product directory for specifiers and other construction industry professionals. Designed to assist in searches for products and services, the award winning printed RIBA Product Selector is firmly established as a major reference source for the construction industry.  Read more

  • The Construction Information Service

    The Construction Information Service is an online resource developed by IHS and NBS. This unique knowledge tool delivers instant access to technical information critical to all construction projects in one easy-to-use package.  Read more


Contact NBS

Call us:
0345 456 9594

Email us:

Chat to a member of our sales team:
launch NBS Live Chat

Email Updates

Receive regular email
updates from NBS

Follow @TheNBS on Twitter