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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 (3)

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


NBS has CPD Materials in the following areas: -

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