Great to see NBS featured so heavily in the latest AJ Specification. Editor, Felix Mara introduces the issue "...last year's article looked at the general principles [of green specification], in this issue we focus on the use of systems, in particular NBS Building, their role in green specification and their integration with BIM and CAD software."
Following analysis of NBS and CAD software systems, three case studies are considered.
Case study 1 - William Leech School, Lynemouth, Ryder Architecture"Since adopting Revit for the technical design in 2006, we have linked our specification clauses to objects within the BIM model."
Peter Barker, architectural director
Case study 2 - Castle School, Newbury, Nightingale Associates
"NBS Specification references were included on the drawings and other documents, for ease of cross referencing."
Lindsay Webb, project architect
Case study 3 - Open Academy, Norwich, Sheppard Robson Architects
"By combining standard NBS clauses with our office master spec we were able to produce a sustainably robust specification. For example, in section M60 we limited VOC content from the outset in order to meet BREEAM requirements."
Gavan Knox, specification writer