23 February 2021

We recently hosted a webinar ‘Collaborative specification writing’ which shared knowledge and insights from NBS Innovation Director Dr Stephen Hamil, NBS Head of Manufacturer Solutions Lee Jones as well as manufacturers Access 360 and PPG Architectural Coatings. 

The webinar looked at how construction professionals can improve the safety, sustainability and efficiency of buildings through more effective collaboration during the specification writing process. Here’s what you should consider to help your products get specified...

1. Legislation is changing

Building a Safer Future, proposed the ‘Golden Thread’ of information to make the construction industry more transparent and introduce a greater level of accountability. 

The Draft Building Safety Bill also outlined new legislation which will require manufacturers to provide better information about their products. The Construction Products Association’s new Code for Construction Product Information has been designed to ensure that manufacturers are responsibly presenting their products in line with industry standards and regulations. 

During Dame Judith Hackitt’s keynote speech at the Construction Leaders’ Summit hosted by NBS, in October 2020, she said that though the changes from the Draft Building Safety Bill will be implemented in 2023, it is a moral obligation to start behaving as if those regulations are already in place.

"The case for doing so not only has a strong moral argument but also makes business sense by ensuring that buildings are built to the right standards now and avoiding costly rectification and remediation work" – Dame Judith Hackitt, October 2020

2. Specifiers need more product information

According to research by the Construction Products Association and NBS research (2019), specifiers tend to find it difficult to access the product information they need when specifying for a project.  

With the industry now geared towards achieving a ‘Golden Thread’ of information, presenting this data in an easily accessible, clear and structured way is vital in helping manufacturers get products specified. 

NBS Source provides manufacturers with a platform to host and market their products to a high level of digital data requirements with a full link to the specification. 

“It is essential that we provide as much detailed certification information as possible and using the NBS tools allows us to do that” – Christian Baker-Smith, Access 360 Divisional Specification Manger, February 2021.

3. Collaboration is key 

Now more than ever, achieving the highest accuracy and compliance within specifications is paramount. As a product manufacturer, engaging with the specifier can help deliver robust high quality specifications and firmly place your brand and products directly into the specification.

Working alongside architects, designers and engineers directly on a specification helps you to ensure your products and systems are specified accurately and can also help the specifier to save time. NBS Chorus for Manufacturers allows you to do this, and when specification decisions are made in Chorus, you can create an audit trail which further supports the ‘Golden Thread’ of information and contributes to a greater level of risk-management. 

 “Easily building up a masters suite of over 90 clauses in NBS Chorus allows us to produce specific bespoke specifications for each individual project with ease… we now have architects that come back to us time and time again” - Julie Tait,  PPG Architectural Coatings National A & D Technical Specification Manager 

Watch the webinar