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1st May 2018

Learn about ANS Global’s BIM and NBS specification

ANS Global’s green roofs and living walls are stunning living products which add character to every building that has them. They’re visually striking, provide great environmental benefits, and have a positive impact on local biodiversity. If you’re considering incorporating some of our features into your project, you’ll be happy to learn that many of our systems are now available as BIM objects and NBS specifications. With the new availability of this data, you can seamlessly integrate ANS Global systems into your architectural designs. In this article, you’ll find all the details you need about how ANS Global’s systems meet the requirements of BIM objects and NBS specifications, as well as useful links to more information.

What is NBS?

NBS originated in the UK’s National Building Specification in 1973 and has since grown into a leading global provider of technical information and specification tools for the construction industry. NBS provides a wide variety of tools and training programmes that can be used as construction is planned and carried out. The company streamlines the architectural process by formatting building designs, details and plans in ways that can be integrated and connected with one another. NBS has been an industry leader in the past few decades as architectural and building tools have incorporated more technology and computer imaging to plan construction. Their specifications and BIM objects use computer imaging with exact specifications to create accurate building plans that can be created much faster than traditional blueprints. The aim of NBS tools are to save the architect time with features that all have the same specifications, so each can be seamlessly added to the building plan as needed. For example, an ANS Global NBS specification allows an architect to add a green roof or living wall to an area within their plan very quickly, as the NBS specification gives them all the needed information to fit the feature into the space. NBS stays up to date with technological and legislative updates so its specifications are always ready to use. NBS focuses on low carbon design techniques, which fit in perfectly with the environmentally-conscious philosophy of ANS Global. Because NBS specifications are used so widely, adding our products to the NBS library means they can be used instantly by thousands of companies. NBS specifications of ANS Global products can be found in the NBS National BIM Library and the Riba Product Selector.

What is BIM?

BIM (short for Building Information Modelling) is a high-tech system used by the NBS to create and manage architectural information throughout the project life cycle. This system features BIM objects, which are digital descriptions of each aspect of the built asset. These objects can be inserted into the larger building plan and their details can be accessed by anyone involved in the project that will need these details. A BIM object contains visualisation data and functional data, which allow the user to see and place the object within the plan in exactly the same manner that the real feature would be placed during construction. The aim of BIM is to make planning and construction smoother- this is done in several ways. By creating accurate visual representations of buildings and their features, there is less room for confusion and misunderstanding when it comes the layouts and placement. The complete description of each feature and its properties can be accessed by anyone working on the project, cutting down on project time and preventing mistakes that could happen through miscommunication or unclear information. BIM was created because of the construction industry’s embrace of technology, particularly in planning and monitoring of buildings after construction. BIM can be used from a building’s first design plan to the re-assignment of materials after its demolition- mirroring, again, ANS Global’s commitment to environmentally-conscious construction. You can find the complete list of ANS Global features that have been made into BIM objects in the NBS National BIM Library.

With BIM rising in popularity and impressing the world with its high-tech revolution of an ancient industry, some may ask if there is still a need for ANS Global to provide NBS specifications as well as BIM objects. However, while BIM may be gaining traction, NBS specifications are still incredibly popular and useful in construction projects. The difference between an NBS specification and a BIM object is the format of the data and the role it plays within a construction project. According to NBS, a specification “can cover everything from the establishment of the site, the type of contract to be used, the performance criteria of the asset, the quality of the systems and products, which standards are applicable and how they should be executed, to even the products which are to be used. The type of specification can relate to the project or the procurement route, whether it is performance-based, prescriptive or proprietary, all of which are dependent on the project requirements.”

While BIM is revolutionising how buildings are planned and erected, NBS specification is still vital to the industry and as such, still widely in use. ANS Global has worked to have its systems produced as both NBS specifications and BIM objects because in doing so, the systems are more widely available, which is the end goal of both systems.

BIM or NBS; We are Ready

Whether your group uses NBS or BIM, ANS Global is ready to work with you and provide you with data that integrates with your building plan seamlessly. With NBS specification, you can instantly add a green roof or living wall to your project without needing to add and oversee all the minute details yourself. If you’re using BIM, you can now add any ANS Global feature to your design with the addition of our systems as BIM objects. Whether your project is traditional or using cutting-edge technology, ANS Global’s products can now be added to your plans with just a few clicks. You can find all the information about our NBS specifications and BIM objects, as well as our technical support contact form, here.

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