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How long is the construction timeline?

A length of a construction timeline varies from project to project, but what each project has in common is the stages in the process. From the initial brief to research, modelling, and specification and beyond, the timeline follows a structure set out by the RIBA Plan of Work.

What are the stages of the RIBA Plan of Work?

The RIBA Plan of Work segments and organises the construction timeline into eight simplified stages; (0) Strategic Definition, (1) Preparation and Brief, (2) Concept Design, (3) Developed Design, (4) Technical Design, (5) Construction, (6) Handover and Close Out, (7) In use. Each NBS Product is tailored to provide manufacturer information to architects, in the right format, for the appropriate stage of the timeline. Download our comprehensive guide.

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I keep hearing about NBS Chorus, what is it?

NBS Chorus is a fully online specification platform for construction professionals, launched in 2019, it is the future of specification writing, connecting the model and specification across the entire life cycle of a building project. Over 4000 architectural practices are creating their specifications with NBS tools, that’s over 300,000 active users making specifying decisions for their projects. They are using the NBS National BIM library to source objects for their models, and they are picking their products from NBS Plus, all connected through NBS Chorus. 

Existing customers

Aren’t you asking existing manufacturer customers to pay twice?

No – your new NBS Source subscription will replace your previous subscriptions for RIBA Product Selector, NBS National BIM Library and NBS Plus. Manufacturers will subscribe according to their needs and the costs will be tailored accordingly. Get in touch with your account manager if you have any concerns; otherwise, we will be in touch closer to your point of renewal.

I’m an existing manufacturer customer, what does this mean for me?
All existing content has been migrated to NBS Source, so all NBS manufacturer customers’ information is now in NBS Source. At the point of renewal, manufacturers will be moved onto the new NBS Source subscription, which replaces all their existing subscriptions with NBS. As part of this new contract, NBS will work with each manufacturer to enhance their data so that they can better meet industry needs. For those manufacturers that would like their data enhanced sooner, please contact us to discuss bringing this date forward.
I’m an existing manufacturer customer – when will my data be enhanced?

We will contact you at your point of renewal to work with you on enhancing your data. If you wish to enhance your data earlier than this date, then please contact us to discuss bringing this date forward.

Technical content

Is NBS Source interoperable? Has it been developed with open standards in mind?

NBS Source is interoperable and API integrations will be available for customers to access and use the product data held within NBS Source. We will work with prospects and customers to understand what product data they want access to and how they wish to use it.

NBS Source has been developed from the ground up to be aligned with existing standards and also to be ready for standards that are currently in development. Please see the following technical article for further information:

What is NBS Chorus and how does it link to NBS Source?

NBS Chorus is our cloud-based specification tool which is used by architects, designers, engineers and other specifiers to develop their project specifications. NBS Chorus helps them work faster and gives them all the content they need to write specs, including manufacturers’ product information. This manufacturer product information comes from NBS Source, and allows manufacturer products to be dropped instantly into a project specification, along with all the associated properties.

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Is there somewhere I can view analytics for the subscription I have?

Yes, please log in to your self-service My Account, click on 'Analytics' and you will be able to see how specifiers are interacting with your company and products.

I have forgotten my ‘My Account’ password
I’ve subscribed, how do I get my logos?

Once your products have been reviewed and approved by our team of specialists, you can download your logos from My Account.

How do I add or remove certificates on our listing

Please email with the title of the certificates to be removed and provide updated certificates to be uploaded, and we’ll do this for you.

How do I advise you that our company has presented our CPD to a practice?

You can log your upcoming CPD events via My Account, and click on 'Register of CPD Events'.

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