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NBS is a global leading technology platform that combines the best content and connectivity for anyone involved in the design, supply and construction of the built environment. Thousands of users interact daily with our tools to create specifications, find products and develop their digital models.

Our platform is used by organisations of all sizes from small architecture and engineering firms, to the very largest global construction companies. We enable our customers to work safer and reduce their risk by providing expert content at their fingertips; and work smarter through an intelligent set of connected tools which help them develop and manage their project information faster and more accurately.

For building product manufacturers we give unrivalled exposure to decision makers, which no other marketing channel or product library can match. We do this by placing their products in our platform at the very point of specification and product selection.

Our roots lie in the National Building Specification, which for over 40 years has been helping the construction industry build better and with lower risk. Our future lies in cloud-based technologies and connected data, as we fast become the information marketplace for the construction industry.

NBS is backed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), who are a significant shareholder, and industry advocate for us. Through our relationship with the RIBA, we have unique knowledge of and access to the architecture and design communities. We also play an active role on many cross-industry bodies and groups, representing other construction disciplines including engineering.

In 2018 we also took a significant investment from LDC, the Private Equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, to help fund our growth and global expansion.

CPD Material (4)

Multiple CPD formats
Using NBS Chorus
This training course is aimed at specifiers who would like to learn how to use NBS Chorus to create projects and specifications.

As well as receiving CPD accreditation on completion of this course, attendees will find time spent with an experienced NBS trainer a valuable asset to their development.

On completion of the course you will be able to:
- Log in and create new projects.
- Invite collaborators to your project and specifications.
- Create new specification by searching and adding content.
- Edit specifications using NBS pre-written content and guidance.
- Use and share existing content from elsewhere in your specification.
- Add manufacturer product information to your specification.
- Understand the linkage between NBS Chorus and Autodesk Revit.
- Print and Export your completed specification.

This is a full day course designed to run from 09.30am to 4.30pm.
Knowledge level:
General Awareness
Material type: Course
Material type: Online Learning
A specification is an essential document for all construction projects, helping to ensure that the constructed entity is of suitable quality and meets expected design requirements. This article has been prepared to introduce the purpose and use of specifications on construction projects. It will describe different types and ways of structuring specifications and will provide some good-practice guidelines for those developing specifications. The article will also discuss future aspects of specifications and how changes in the construction industry may affect the type and format of specifications. It will help you to understand the following topics:
- What is a specification
- Why write a specification
- Types of specification
- Developing quality specifications
- The future of specifications
Knowledge level:
General Awareness
Material type: Article
Online Learning
NBS Create eLearning
You are able to learn how to use NBS Create via an online eLearning course developed by our specialist training team.
This eLearning course allows you to learn at a time and pace convenient to you, it is accredited by the RIBA and on completion you will receive a CPD certificate.

The course is broken down into 17 modules, with each module focusing on a particular function or task. Each module includes a short demonstration, an interactive tutorial and a quiz allowing you to learn and check your understanding of the topics covered.

On completion of all 17 modules you will be able to:
- Understand the user interface
- Create a new job
- Enter job details
- Add content to a job
- Develop an Outline specification
- Use and edit the system outline clause
- Edit clauses
- Use and edit the system outline clause
- Link clauses
- Use documents and spaces in a job
- Add manufacturers and product information in a job
- Add and use Milestones
- Develop user-created clauses and guidance notes
- View and use reports
- Format, export and print documents in NBS Create
Material type: Online Learning


NBS has CPD Materials in the following areas: -

Subject/Product Areas (CI/SfB)
RIBA Core Curriculum areas