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Using NBS Source and NBS Chorus

Streamlining Your Workflow:

The Advantages of Using NBS Source and Chorus in Tandem

NBS Source and NBS Chorus are software solutions developed by NBS (National Building Specification) that enable architects, engineers, and other construction professionals to create and manage building specifications with greater speed and accuracy.


What is NBS Source?


NBS Source is a digital platform that provides access to a comprehensive library of construction product information and data. It allows users to search for and compare products from multiple manufacturers, access technical specifications, and download product information in a standardised format.

NBS Source also includes a range of tools to help professionals find and select the right products for their projects, including filtering options based on performance, environmental impact, and compliance with relevant standards and regulations.

The main benefits of NBS Source are details and consistency. NBS Source allows architects and designers to research and compare different products from different manufacturers, finding detailed and up to date technical information. For rainscreen cladding products, this includes build up details, installation instructions, fire testing details and certification. Architects and designers can use this information to ensure that the product is suitable for the project and meets all relevant building codes and regulations.


What is NBS Chorus?

NBS Chorus is a cloud-based platform for creating and managing construction specifications. It provides a collaborative environment where multiple users can work together to create and edit project specifications, ensuring consistency and accuracy across all documents.

NBS Chorus also includes a range of features designed to streamline the specification process, such as pre-built templates, automated formatting, and the ability to link specifications to BIM (Building Information Modelling) models.

The main benefit of NBS Chorus is the collaborative design environment. For example, architects and designers can use NBS Chorus to engage directly with suppliers and manufacturers of products, such as the Optima range of rainscreen cladding products, to ensure the right build up is being specified for the unique project. NBS Chorus even allows construction professionals to tailor specifications to meet the specific needs of a given project or client.


How to use NBS Source and NBS Chorus in Tandem:

NBS Source allows for consistent documentation of project specifications. In the past it was difficult for specifiers to compare products but with NBS Source information is presented in a consistent way, the specifier can search by technical/non-technical terms, and they can use comparison and filtering tools to drill down. This makes it faster and easier to find the right product for any project, with confidence.

Because NBS Source is based on a central library of models, it also minimises the risk of errors or omissions in specifications. All of the product data in NBS Source adheres to NBS standards, properties, performance criteria, certification and BIM objects.

With products selected, NBS Chorus allows construction professionals to add the details to their specification with one click, and even tailor specifications to meet the specific needs of a given project or client. This means, for example, the Optima range of systems can be adapted by our expert teams to ensure that specifications are relevant and appropriate for the project at hand, rather than being overly generic or rigid.

NBS Source integrates directly with NBS Chorus, enabling the specifier to find and specify products at every stage of their project and add the products to their specification within NBS Chorus with one click. When used together, construction professionals save time and dramatically improve the accuracy and quality of their work.

Specification and design processes can also be coordinated by working with Chorus and Source inside leading design tools such as Autodesk Revit.

Sotech has partnered with NBS to provide the full range of Optima rainscreen cladding product information and BIM objects through NBS Source, allowing architects and other construction professionals to easily specify Sotech products in their projects.

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