In Q3 2019, NBS, in conjunction with the CPA, conducted a survey of construction professionals to better understand the requirements for Construction Product Information in projects. Over 500 of those asked replied, including a mix of specifiers and manufacturers.
All specifiers noted that they require product data sheets (PDS) in order to correctly specify a product on a project. Similarly, almost all also noted that they also require spec clauses and graphical data or CAD. BIM content was also noted as being required by 63% of respondents (CPA report page 12), a figure which closely matches the NBS National BIM report findings of 2019, which found that 69% of specifiers require BIM content.
In a world where we are seeing ever more scrutiny over product performance and decision-making, particularly following high-profile tragedies in the built environment in recent years, these findings come as no surprise.