NBS Source is all about making the process of finding construction products better, by helping manufacturers meet the drive for high-quality digital product data, supporting specifiers in making the right product choices for their projects and helping the industry work towards delivering a ‘golden thread of information’.
We conducted research with specifiers and product manufacturers showing that people were frustrated with aspects of the specification process, in particularly finding products. Specifiers want accurate, up-to-date product information in digital form. Increasingly they require more structured data along with proof of product performance, such as sustainability information or third-party certification. Manufacturers, some of whom are managing thousands of product lines, wanted a more targeted way to provide this information to specifiers. People across both groups wanted a more unified approach, with well-structured digital product data which they can access wherever they need it, across the whole project timeline.
Specifiers also wanted to be able to bring in the manufacturer spec teams at a more detailed level, inviting them into the spec so they can easily get answers to their detailed questions and avoid specifying the wrong product.
Through NBS Source, we intend to put these ideas into practice, ensuring that the right products are specified.