Empowering the global construction industry by working with partners

We work with others to drive the
digital construction revolution

At NBS, we are committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals. 

Our origins lie in the National Building Specification for the UK and we have produced specification products for over 40 years.

Today our NBS specification products cover building construction, engineering services and landscape design and we are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution and are committed to working with other organisations and vendors to deliver the tools construction industry professionals need. We have also been one of the most active organisations involved in developing open standards for BIM and encouraging their use.

Here we share some of the ways we're working with the industry and how to get involved.

  • NBS BIM ToolkitThe data within the BIM Toolkit is documented to a common schema and API access to this information is available.
  • NBS Annotation APINBS Annotator may be used by developers to integrate NBS project specifications and schedules of work with other data models such as drawings, schedules and bills of quantities.

    This technology underpins the plug-ins for Graphisoft ARCHICAD and Vectorworks.
How software developers have integrated NBS into their products
Collaborative ventures
  • Graphisoft ARCHICAD Library Part MakerA new tool to enable designers and manufacturers to create BIM objects in Graphisoft ARCHICAD to the NBS BIM Object Standard.
  • NBS BIM Object Shared Parameters for Autodesk® Revit®NBS Templates for Autodesk® Revit®Shared parameters are parameters that you can add to families or projects and then share with other families and projects. NBS templates are project or family template files which have been pre-loaded with the shared parameters required by the NBS BIM Object Standard.
  • Construction Information ServiceA partnership between IHS and NBS delivers a comprehensive online collection of over 28,000 construction related standards, regulations, technical advice and articles from 500+ publishers. 
  • NBS - An Autodesk Solution Associate As the first UK organisation to become an we are proud to have delivered the NBS Online Viewer using Autodesk Forge technology. It's already been well received by firms like BDP and was highlighted in this year's Autodesk University Las Vegas opening keynote.

The reports the industry contributes to and relies upon

The NBS research team solicit contributions from construction professionals and work with a range of professional bodies to gain unrivalled industry insight. The team produce a suite of highly-anticipated publications each year that aim to reflect and analyse the realities of UK construction.

The annual NBS National BIM Report is now recognised as one of the industry’s most comprehensive reviews into the use of BIM. Now in its seventh year, the latest report is packed with a range of insight and expertise, it gives a snapshot of the changes the industry has been going through since the BIM mandate was implemented in April 2016. 
Timely insight into how the industry is changing the way it writes specifications as it continues to adopt digital ways of working.The findings also help NBS to improve the tools and resources we provide.
Our influential major survey into construction contracts and related legal issues.
The NBS Manufacturers' BIM Report 2017 provides a snapshot of the changes the industry has been going through since the BIM mandate was implemented in April 2016 and shows what manufacturers are making of the opportunities on offer. Download our full, free report today.
Specification continues to be at the heart of construction information. Here we present the results of our specification survey for a manufacturer audience.

How can we work together? 

We're always open to working with organisations across the construction industry. Get in touch to find out more about how we collaborate or suggest ideas for future partnerships.

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