At NBS, we are committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals and are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution.

Our origins lie in the National Building Specification and for over 40 years we have developed and produced NBS products which support the built environment. Our NBS specification products cover construction, engineering services and landscape design.

NBS Chief Executive Officer Richard Waterhouse in conversation with NBS Director of Design and Innovation Dr Stephen Hamil.

More recently we have developed an integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform that has been designed to support global design and construction. It currently has four major components:

  • NBS BIM Toolkit. BIM execution plan, roles and responsibilities.
  • NBS Create. BIM specification and knowledge platform.
  • NBS National BIM Library. BIM object library, generic and actual.
  • Construction Information Service (CIS). Standards and regulations.

CIS is delivered via a joint venture with IHS Markit. This relationship has successfully prospered for many years.

Our products are recognised as being individually effective in their own right, but via the linking of the data, classification and integration, the true power comes through these connections across the NBS BIM platform. Combining world leading technology with expert knowledge, NBS is trusted to help construction industry professionals make the best project decisions.

We are part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd, which is wholly owned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and employ 250 staff, most of which are based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Find out more about NBS services

NBS is a trading name of RIBA Enterprises Ltd. 
Registered office: The Old Post Office, St Nicholas Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RH.
Registered in England 978271. VAT number: GB 232 3518 91

Related information

Contact NBS
Get directions to the NBS office