What is NBS Plus

NBS Plus is a library of building product manufacturers details linked to clause guidance in the NBS specification products NBS Create, NBS Building, NBS Engineering Services and NBS Landscape.

NBS Plus is updated regularly, so you can be confident that you are always referencing the very latest manufacturer product information.

NBS Create and NBS Plus

The new specification tool, NBS Create, easily allows products to be specified quickly and accurately, either in generic terms or by selecting manufacturer and product references.

Over 20,000 product specifications from more than 600 construction manufacturers can be found in the NBS Plus panel of the NBS Create.


This library of manufacturers' product information is linked to specific clauses within NBS Create and provides relevant manufacturers products, ensuring you have them at hand when you need them most; when using proprietary methods to complete a job.

Specifying construction products using NBS Create

NBS Plus now gives you the ability to specify manufacturer products in a number of workflows depending on the project and the product. Five of these are detailed below. Please note the Add to job button featured in workflow 2-5 is a new feature available in NBS Create version 1.4.6 released early October 2013.

1. The specifier knows the product they require as part of a parent system

In the example below, the specifier has picked a number of products from the parent system "Unit suspended ceiling system".


1.1 From the generic NBS product clause - pick the manufacturer


1.2 Then pick the product reference (with the help of guidance if required)


1.3 - Finally specify any optional values for that range of products

2. The specifier needs to browse products from the context of a parent system

In this second example, the specifier knows that they would like "mineral fibre infill units", but does not know which brand.


2.1 The specifier browses the relevant products available


2.2 - Specification decisions may be made on product performance - e.g.. fire, humidity, thermal, acoustic, aesthetics...


2.3 - Then click "Add product" to specify the required product

3. The specifier knows the product they require but not necessarily the parent system

Consider the situation below where the specifier wants to add a particular brand of hand drier to the job. They do not know exactly what parent system the product belongs to.


3.1 - The user browses to the manufacturer


3.2 The user finds the product they require and clicks to add it to the job


3.3 The product is specified and added to the correct parent system

4. The specifier needs to search for products and requires help on finding the parent system

The user may search for products that meet their requirements and at any point click to "Add to job". Note below how guidance is provided on what potential parent systems can be selected.


4.1 - The database of 20,000 construction products may be searched


4.2 - Once the product has been found, the user may select the correct parent system for the job

5. The specifier needs to add a product to one of the parent systems in their job

Finally, taking the fourth situation a little bit further, the user may wish to select from a system already in the job.


5.1 The user has found an additional product to specify and has added it to an existing system in the job

Video demo

NBS Director of Design and Innovation, Dr Stephen Hamil, demonstrates how NBS Create has been designed to enable you to quickly and easily specify construction products either generically or by using manufacturer and product references. This guide also illustrates how to export a full list of all the manufacturers and product specified in your NBS Create specification, plus how to output into a COBie format.

Specify a System Product using NBS Plus

NBS Plus, within NBS Create, also now includes system products linked to system clauses, which enables you to swiftly specify a product that creates a complete system or a major component of one. Find out more on specify a system product using NBS Plus.

Further information

If you require further assistance using NBS Plus in NBS Create, please contact us on 0345 456 9594.

Existing subscribers to NBS Building, NBS Engineering Services and NBS Landscape can also browse NBS Plus:

We are constantly adding new manufacturers to NBS Plus. However, if you know a manufacturer that is not currently within NBS Plus, please let us know and we will do our best to include them.