Design and Specification

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07 November 2016 | by

Hanif Kara and Daniel Bosia highlight how traditional notions of the design and engineering disciplines are being upended by digital change in a new book that draws heavily on practical examples from life at design and structural engineering firm AKT II.

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Uniclass 2015, the unified classification system for all UK construction sectors, continues to evolve. Find out more about the latest changes and the journey so far.

14 November 2016

NBS is inviting construction professionals to inform the industry on changing needs in how specifications are being written and help NBS improve the tools and resources it provides.

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Policymakers are looking for your help to understand how best to unlock carbon and bill savings in non-domestic buildings that currently account for 12% of greenhouse gas emissions.

10 January 2017 | by

There's still time for you to share your experiences from the frontline of the digital construction revolution to help shape the NBS National BIM Report 2017. Here we muse on some of the key trends we'll be watching for as your responses come in.

05 January 2017 | by

Windows are one of the most important elements of a building’s thermal envelope; providing aesthetics, letting in light, helping control sound, and serving as a means of natural ventilation. The history of windows is enmeshed in the history of architecture, and their evolving design is a tribute to not only architectural advancement, but to the progression of framing materials and glass manufacturing.

03 January 2017 | by

The NBS BIM Object Standard sets out what constitutes a high-quality BIM object – with the right levels of information, appropriate geometry, and a consistent, structured format. In this new series we explore the standard in detail.

22 December 2016 | by

The NBS BIM Object Standard sets out what constitutes a high-quality BIM object – with the right levels of information, appropriate geometry, and a consistent, structured format. In this new series we explore the standard in detail.

22 December 2016 | by

NBS will be exploring the imperative for consistent quality data for manufacturer's objects in a seminar session at BIM Show Live. Here we touch on some of the issues that will form part of the session.

15 December 2016 | by

We would like to invite you to take part in our seventh annual BIM survey. Please take this 10 minute survey to share your thoughts on the introduction of the Government's 2016 BIM mandate.

13 December 2016 | by

Make 2017 the year you banish your BIM blockers. Ralph Montague, architect and managing partner at ArcDox BIM Consultants offers up his take on the things preventing BIM from reaching its true and fullest potential.

09 December 2016 | by

A year dominated by the historic referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, 2016 has been a year of mixed fortunes for the construction industry. In this NBS review of the year we look at some of the key headlines from the year gone by and look forward to 2017.

01 December 2016 | by

The NBS BIM Object Standard sets out what constitutes a high-quality BIM object – with the right levels of information, appropriate geometry, and a consistent, structured format. In this new series we explore the standard in detail.

01 December 2016 | by

If 2016 has taught us anything then it’s to expect the unexpected. Referendum result ripples will continue to be felt in 2017 but what does the construction industry actually want to see in the year ahead? We asked the question. You provided the predictions.

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