9-11 May 2023
ICC Sydney

NBS ahead of the digital construction game with Chorus and Source

Feb 15, 2022 Technology

NBS is a global leading technology platform for anyone involved in the design, supply and construction of the built environment.

For architects, engineers, designers and contractors, NBS provide a cloud-based specification system that enables them to work smarter and reduce their risk. For building product manufacturers, the system helps to grow their business by exposing their products across the construction project timeline.

NBS began life in 1973 as the commercial arm of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2018 RIBA sold a £31.8 million stake in the company to LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Bank. Following the sale, NBS grew rapidly and in 2020 was acquired by European construction tech firm Byggfakta Group. In late 2021, Byggfakta Group went public with an IPO on the NASDAQ Stockholm.

First entering the Australian market in 2017, they now have a permanent base in Melbourne. The company’s aim is to revolutionise the specification game down under by offering NBS Chorus and NBS Source to Australian architects, specifiers and building product manufacturers.

Since their launch in Australia, the company have introduced Uniclass 2015 to the local industry and added trusted local content sets, SpecPack and SpeedSpec to the NBS Chorus platform. In 2020, the company acquired SCL Schumann and its specification software tool EzySpec, creating Australia’s most comprehensive platform for architectural specification and building product information.

Exhibiting at DesignBUILD in 2022, NBS will be showcasing several of their digital services for visitors:

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NBS Chorus

Cloud-based specification software for architects, engineers, designers, BIM managers. NBS Chorus promotes collaboration internally and with project stakeholders. Especially relevant with the rise of remote work.

Digital specifications reduce project risk, increase efficiency and integrate directly with 3D models.

NBS Source

A digital product library for specifiers to find, select and specify products intuitive search and linking directly to their specification in NBS Chorus. For manufacturers, NBS Source allows you to build and maintain relationships with specifiers right across the lifecycle of a construction project.

NBS Source allows specifiers to easily access technical data, compliance certificates, BIM objects and more, all in one place.

NBS’ involvement at DesignBUILD  in 2022 also goes beyond just exhibiting. The company are also the headline sponsor for the newly curated DCW TheatreThe new stage will promote innovation, efficiency and provide a dedicated platform to discuss and demonstrate how Australia’s built environment can capitalise on this emerging technology field.

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Another exciting initiative by the company includes their plan to aim for Zero Carbon by 2030. NBS believe that the construction industry has a major role to play in tackling the global climate change emergency. The UK team recently produced a mini-series of webinars which looked at how to build a more sustainable built environment.

Customers use their products to make specification decisions on tens of thousands of construction projects each year and the company recognise that the specification content they provide can help make a significant positive difference to our future built environment.  NBS Australia is in partnership with Global Green Tag, a certification company, independently assessing the environmental credentials, health and ethical supply chain credentials of product. The platforms can be used to specify sustainable outcomes on projects.

When asked if they feel the demand for products/services in Australia’s built environments have changed and how this has affected business, the company say  quite simply, yes.

“The construction industry is digitzing rapidly in Australia. Business is already leading the way and governments are working towards BIM mandates and other digital initiatives.

The adoption of NBS Chorus by specifiers is growing rapidly as they understand the benefits of digital specifications. The reasons for this include reducing risk, improving building quality, driving efficiency, implementation of BIM processes, advances in 3D modelling and the rise of digital twin and VR technology in construction.”

NBS will be exhibiting at Stand H31 this May. Be sure to register online free to meet the team and view their full range of products and services.
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