NBS and BCIS join forces to improve sustainability information

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NBS has launched an early-stage specification library incorporating cost, carbon and lifecycle indicators provided by BCIS.

The partnership will incorporate robust data sets from BCIS into Chorus, the specification writing platform from NBS, helping specifiers to make design decisions that reflect budget and sustainability aspirations.

Russell Haworth, chief executive of NBS, said: “Our recent research has shown that specifiers are asking for better, more joined-up building information to help them make informed sustainability decisions at the project outset.

“At the moment, there isn’t one company in the industry that can provide designers and specifiers with the comprehensive information they need to build sustainably. That’s why this partnership marks an important milestone, giving specifiers an additional level of insight that previously was just not available.”

The partnership will also provide users with relative cost indicators from BCIS, which will allow specifiers to understand the relative financial cost in addition to the environmental cost impact of building elements.

Haworth continued: “Architects and other specifiers have also made it clear that they want indicators to help with decision-making on cost and the potential future upkeep of buildings.

“Providing cost and sustainability data will allow for better decisions and enhanced collaboration across the design team, ultimately providing the built environment with the tools to build more sustainability.”

Earlier informed decisions

James Fiske, chief executive of BCIS, added: “The data we are going to provide through NBS will link with the more detailed data sets available to users of BCIS, allowing all members of the design team to discuss design and specification options on a consistent basis.

“Together, we can provide a solution to help design teams make informed specification decisions earlier in the design process that support the industry drive to net zero.”

Meanwhile, NBS, along with sister company Glenigan, is set to join the Built Environment Carbon Database (BECD) initiative, managed by BCIS.

The BECD aims to become the official UK repository of lifecycle carbon data for the built environment, providing a reliable and free-to-access platform for carbon estimating, reporting, and benchmarking.

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