23 June 2017
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What is What Specifiers Want 2017?

The NBS Specification Survey serves as a way for construction professionals to inform the industry about their changing needs when it comes to specification writing. The findings also help NBS to improve the tools and resources we provide.

As NBS Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse points out: “BIM is rapidly becoming the industry standard for developing, delivering and maintaining project documentation. As construction professionals continue to adopt these new digital ways of working, we need to understand how people are producing specifications and selecting products, how they do it and what tools or resources they use.”

We published our NBS Specification Report for construction professionals in May 2017 and this month sees the publication of our What Specifiers Want report aimed at construction product manufacturers. Both reports draw on the findings of our specification survey with analysis and informative articles from thought leaders.

What are the key findings in the 2017 report?

Among the headline statistics in this year's study are the fact that:

  • Product performance criteria is seen as the most influential factor when specifying.
  • 78% of respondents consider their relationship with and previous experience of the manufacturer or product when deciding which product to choose.
  • Manufacturer websites remain a key destination when selecting product for inclusion, and NBS Plus is more commonly used at the point of product selection.
  • 70% of respondents relied on manufacturers for help and support when selecting products, and a similar number would like "better communication between consultants, contractors and manufacturers to ensure effective product selection processes".
  • 80% agreed that product substitution is still an issue in the industry and manufacturer advice can be invaluable here.

We also explore what the future might look like for specifications and what manufacturers can do to support the specification process.

What else can I expect from the report?

As well as findings from the survey, the free-to-download report includes expert insight and analysis, including:

Download the full free report

The full report is available for free but requires an NBS ID to download. Sign In to download the report

Download What Specifiers Want 2017

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