Articles and reports

For almost 10 years, we have been publishing reports underpinned by robust research. Our stakeholders number in the thousands and represent many of the professionals and types of organisations working in the built environment. These include architects, architectural technologists, BIM managers, surveyors, building services engineers, structural engineers, landscape architects, manufacturers, contractors and asset managers.

Our understanding of the industry macro environment, such as the emergence of BIM when it was in its infancy, or the issues affecting specification practice, have enabled us to ask meaningful questions to the industry. We have been able to plot trends in the adoption of new technologies or different approaches to procurement.

As well as research findings, our reports include articles from industry experts. These include architects, manufacturers, BIM specialists, legal professionals and government representatives. We are very grateful for these contributions. These reports help to stimulate debate and highlight the importance of making available high quality, structured and standardised information and of collaborative ways of working.

 

Articles and reports

How fast are practices taking on digital transformation? A new survey set out to investigate.
Highlighting technologies being adopted – how these are changing the way that projects are run and the internal workings of architectural practices.
The annual NBS National BIM Report is now recognised as one of the industry’s most comprehensive reviews into the use of BIM. In this eighth report, we glean an insight into the achievements and challenges of the industry two years on from the BIM Mandate.
The results of our fourth major survey into construction contracts and related legal issues - the NBS National Construction Contracts and Law Report 2018
In November 2016 we launched our latest survey in a bid to understand how the industry is changing the way it writes specifications as it continues to adopt digital ways of working. We're now ready to share the results in the NBS Specification Report 2017.
At the latest meeting of the RIBA economics panel the impacts of Brexit, Carillion, Grenfell and offsite construction were seen as creating a turning point for architects and the wider industry.
Specification continues to be at the heart of construction information. Here we present the results of our specification survey for a manufacturer audience.
Despite the challenges of Brexit, and the unpredictable political and economic context, resilient architectural practices will adapt to change as they have done in the past.
NBS's Research Manager, David Bain, explores the wide range of product information required at all stages of the project lifecycle.

 

 

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