• Asia
  • Australasia
  • Europe
  • North America

Japan - Institute of International Harmonisation for Building and Housing (IIBH)

Overview

IIBH was established with the intent to promote the development of the domestic field of buildings and housing by means of effective international harmonisation of technologies, systems, codes and standards, and communication of information with other countries and organisations in the field of buildings and housing.

IIBH membership consists of the organisations listed below who have interest in the objectives of IIBH:

  • Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
  • Japan Testing Center for Construction Materials
  • Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation
  • The Japan Architectural Education and Information Center
  • Information Center for Building Administration
  • Foundation for Senior Citizens’ Housing
  • The MACHINAMI Foundation
  • Center for Housing Renovation and Dispute Settlement Support
  • Organization for Housing Warranty
  • Japan Building Equipment and Elevator Center Foundation
  • The Building Center of Japan
  • General Building Research Corporation of Japan
  • The Japan Building Disaster Prevention Association
  • Japan Housing and Wood Technology Center
  • Better Living
  • Curtainwall Fire Window’s Association
  • Building and Equipment Long-Life Cycle Association
  • Japan Association for Building Research Promotion
  • Public Buildings Association
  • Japan Federation of Housing Organizations
  • Urban Renewal Association of Japan
  • Association of Urban Housing Sciences
  • Japan Construction Material & Housing Equipment Industries Federation
  • Japan Federation Of Construction Contractors
  • The Japan Institute of Architects
  • Architectural Institute of Japan
  • Japan Structural Consultants Association
  • Japan Federation of Architects and Building Engineers Association
  • Japan Association of Architectural Firms
  • Japan Rolling Shutters & Doors Association
  • Japan 2X4 Home Builders Association
  • Membrane Structures Association of Japan
  • Mokujyukyo Association
  • Japan Prefabricated Construction Suppliers and Manufacturers Association
  • Association of Living Amenity
  • Flat Glass Manufacturers Association of Japan
  • Interior Floor Industrial Associates
  • Japan Conference of Building Administration
  • Rock Wool Association Japan

Active ICIS Members

  • Takayoshi Sato
  • Masaki Muto
  • Koji Hashimoto

Contact

AIJ Bldg., 5-26-20, Shiba, Minato-ku

Tokyo, 108-0014

Japan

+81 (3) 6435 3192

www.iibh.org

Singapore - SIACAD

Overview

Since the formation, the company has embarked on Software Development and also distribution, training and support. Within 18 months, the Company developed and distributed 3 software solutions: SIACAD, InfoBase, and APEX. To date, the company has also developed eBDAS 2D & BIM plugins for Buildability Score. SIAiDOL is the latest plugin for BIM the company has developed.

Other software solutions distributed and supported by the Company include: SketchUp, SU Podium, LumenRT and Vue Infinite.

The company has been self-funded since the early years. We have maintained prudent fiscal and management policies resulting in successful marketing and innovation achievements. One of the key strategies embarked by the company is to work closely with users so that we can further improve our products and services.

Products/Services

APEX – Keeping You On Top!  APEX is a highly scalable fully-integrated cloud-based information management solution in terms of having a fully-linked, fully-integrated database. This is critical as you won’t want to repeat the same data across different modules. With APEX, all you need is a browser to access all your modules from one location.

SketchUp Pro 2013 – Deceptively Simple, Amazingly Powerful! SketchUp Pro 2013 introduces Extension Warehouse, an easier way to turn your SketchUp into exactly what you need it to be…as easy as installing an app on your smartphone. Need a special tool? There’s an excellent chance someone’s already built it. Now you can research, download and install extensions without ever having to leave SketchUp. Every useful extension in one place. Are you new to 3D? SketchUp is still the easiest way to draw in 3D.

Active ICIS Members

  • Ben Thum

Contact

25 Tagore Lane, #04-09 (Suite 3)

Singapore Godown Building

Singapore 787602

+65 6225 3823

www.siacad.com

Australia - NATSPEC

Overview

NATSPEC is a national not-for-profit organisation that is owned by the design, build, construct and property industry through professional associations and government property groups. NATSPEC’s objective is to improve the construction quality and productivity of the built environment through leadership of information.

NATSPEC is owned by the following organisations:

  • Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association of Australia
  • Australian Council of Built Environment Design Professions
  • Australian Elevator Association
  • Australian Institute of Architects
  • Australian Institute of Building
  • Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
  • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
  • Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (ACT)
  • Construction Industry Engineering Services Group
  • Consult Australia
  • Dept. of Finance (Federal)
  • Department of Finance (WA)
  • Dept. of Housing and Public Works (QLD)
  • Dept. of Infrastructure (NT)
  • Dept. of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (SA)
  • Dept. of Treasury and Finance (TAS)
  • Dept. of Treasury and Finance (VIC)
  • Engineers Australia
  • Master Builders Australia
  • Office of Finance and Services (NSW)
  • Standards Australia

NATSPEC is the trading name of Construction Information Systems Limited.

Products/Services

For over thirty years, NATSPEC has been delivering the national, comprehensive construction specification system endorsed by government and professional bodies. NATSPEC, the National Building Specification, is for all building structures with specialist packages for architects, building designers, interior designers, landscape architects, structural engineers, service engineers and domestic owners. AUS-SPEC is the Local Government specification system for the life-cycle management of assets. NATSPEC maintains the National Classification System to assist specification writers organise the content of specifications, and their users to find the information they need. NATSPEC is also responsible for the National BIM Guide and its associated documents.

Active ICIS Members

  • Richard Choy – CEO
  • Kevin Rooney

Contact

NATSPEC

Level 4, 263 Clarence Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Australia

1300 797 142

www.natspec.com.au 

New Zealand - Construction Information Limited (CIL)

Overview

Construction Information Limited (CIL) is New Zealand’s market leader in providing specification systems and supporting software for the construction industry.

Formed in 1995, CIL provides the Masterspec specification systems, on subscription, to architects, engineers, designers, utility companies, government organisations and tertiary institutions.

The strength of CIL’s product range is enhanced by the broad spread of industry ownership: New Zealand Institute of Architects and the Registered Master Builders’ Association.

Products/Services

CIL maintains the following specification systems:

  • Masterspec Standard for commercial, industrial and large residential projects
  • Masterspec Structural & Civil for structural and civil engineered projects
  • Masterspec Services for building services in commercial and industrial projects
  • Masterspec Landscapes for landscape projects
  • Masterspec Basic for residential projects
  • Masterspec Interiors for all interior projects
  • Masterspec Minor Residential for minor residential alterations

Subscribers to CIL’s specification systems have access to the leading-edge NextGen2 internet-based specification platform, a range of branded specification sections, ongoing guidance via regular news bulletins, the Masterspec website and direct phone assistance. In-house training is also available, complimenting CIL’s regular seminars and workshops held throughout New Zealand.

There are now over 1,200 design offices subscribing to Masterspec, representing more than 3,000 registered technical designers.

A growing number of product suppliers are joining Masterspec to list their products in dedicated branded sections. These Product Partners benefit from offering construction specifiers accurate branded specifications which seamlessly integrate into the Masterspec framework.

CIL also manages and maintains the CBI classification and coding system on behalf of the construction industry.

CIL’s policy is to respond to market needs, with a number of new specification and support products currently under development.

Active ICIS Members

  • Rolf Huber – CEO (Current ICIS Treasurer)
  • Don Bunting – miproducts Editor (Past ICIS President)

Contact

P.O. Box 108 214

Auckland, 1150

New Zealand

+64 (9) 631 7044

www.masterspec.co.nz 

Czech Republic - BIM Project

Overview

Founded in 2013, BIM Project is a team of architects, engineers and programmers that is providing software services for BIM industry. Main focus of the company is to help digitize processes for product specifications in construction industry. Our main product is BIMProject.Cloud platform, where architects and designers can find products for BIM published by manufacturers.

BIM Project is a member of Smart CE-marking in CEN and Czech BIM Council. We are also helping to create BIM standards in Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Products/Services

BIM Project.Cloud

We created a free BIM Project.Cloud platform (see https://bimproject.cloud) where architects and designers can search and share data about their projects and products. Any user can search the database for products needed and then download them as BIM objects or BIM libraries. These configurators work in a web environment and also as plugins in most common design software, such as Autodesk Revit, Graphisoft Archicad, Nemetschek Allplan or Trimble SketchUp. Therefore, users that have one of these design software can specify products directly in their projects. Any manufacturer may publish any number of his products for free.

Branded configurators

For manufacturers in construction industry we deliver branded solution of our Cloud – customized configurators with products limited to certain brands.

Active ICIS Members

  • Petr Vokoun

Contact

BIM Projects s.r.o.

Hostalkova 740/48

148 00 Prague

Czech Republic

+420 775 691 534

www.bimproject.cz

Czech Republic - URS Praha

Overview

URS Praha, as, currently capitalises on 50 years of experience in the construction industry. The basic activity of the company is services in valuation of building production and distribution of software for creating construction budgets and calculations. Further, in analysing and forecasting developments in construction, regional development and housing issues for both public and private sector.

URS Praha, was established in 1992 as the successor organisation of the Institute of Rationalization in Construction. The company headquarters is in Prague, with branches in Brno, Hradec Králové, Ostrava, Plzen and Czech Budejovice.

Products/Services

  • Valuation of construction output – Price formation and distribution system URS SW KROS plus – valuation and construction management, creation of custom databases, construction budgets to order for all participants in construction output.
  • Courses and training – valuation of construction work – Training courses and seminars for accountant, building managers, investors, governments, claims adjusters and other.
  • Engineering – analysis, charts, studies and forecasts construction – Studies, analysis, development, strategy building, processing top ranking construction companies, classification and grading of construction output.
  • Valuation of real estate, buildings and businesses – Creation of expert opinions for courts, insurance companies, ivestory, banks and other.
  • Regional Development and Housing Policy – Study population development, population, housing, the conception of housing policy and urban regions, with the keeping of the register of residential units.

Active ICIS Members

  • Barbora Pospisilova – (Current ICIS Secretariat)

Contact

URS Praha, as

Prague 18

102 00 Prague 10

Czech Republic

+420 267 219 210

www.urspraha.cz

Denmark - Molio

Overview

Molio is a member-driven non-profit association that is the unifying forum for the development of standards and tools across industries in the construction sector. Molio represents: Construction – Information Technology – productivity – cooperation.

Molio develop common digital structures and standards for language, concepts, working methods, exchange formats and other tools and supports the implementation and use as de facto standards in building and construction.

Molio develop overall sector and industry standards for the construction and engineering sector, specific practices and tools for member companies and subscribers. Molio aims to streamline building processes and elevate the quality of the construction program for operation and maintenance. It is part of the objective to be achieved productivity gains here-and-now. Molio must simultaneously control for a long-term perspective, and ensure that activities are coordinated with other initiatives in the sector and internationally.

Active ICIS Members

  • Gunnar Friborg
  • Kim Streuli

Contact

Lyskær 1, 2730

Herlev

Denmark

+45 (70) 12 06 00

www.molio.dk

England - NBS

Overview

At NBS, we are committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals.

We have produced specification products for over 40 years, including the recognised national standard specification system for the UK. Our NBS specification products cover building construction, engineering services and landscape design.

We also produce a range of information products, including The Construction Information Service, a joint venture with IHS. From 2005 we have been publisher of the Building Regulations Approved Documents for England and Wales. More than 5,000 offices subscribe to our products.

We employ 150 staff, most of which are based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We are part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd, which is wholly owned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Products/Services

The NBS Construction Desktop is the name for our range of inter-related specification and information products. In bringing together the strengths of the NBS specification systems, their integral product and manufacturer information, links to the Construction Information Service and our NBS information resources, we can provide customers with access to all of their information needs.

Specifications, product information, regulatory and standards documents are now linked, allowing users quick and easy access to all documents.

Specification Products

Specification is an essential part of the design process. A badly written specification can cause major problems for every member of the project team, and can cost the client a great deal of money. A well written specification can enhance project delivery and save money.

  • NBS Create – our groundbreaking new specification tool. Authored by our in-house experts to make sure your time specifying is fast and efficient, saving you time and money.
  • NBS National BIM Library – the construction industry’s free-to-use resource of NBS standard BIM content, available in industry-neutral IFC format and formats compatible with Autodesk Revit, ArchiCAD, Vectorworks, Tekla and Bentley. Visit the NBS National BIM Library at www.nationalbimlibrary.com.
  • NBS Building – our most widely used specification system. It is a library of pre-written specification clauses with extensive guidance, suitable for a wide variety of construction projects. It is available in three levels of service depending upon the size.
  • NBS Landscape – the industry standard landscape specification system. It is a library of pre-written specification and contract preliminaries clauses with extensive guidance, suitable for both hard and soft landscape projects.
  • NBS Scheduler – a flexible software package for use on projects without bills of quantities. It creates high quality three part documents consisting of preliminaries, an automatically generated specification and priceable schedules of work, for smaller building.
  • NBS Domestic Specification – a simple, concise and easy-to-use document for use on small domestic projects. It is divided into elements of work likely to be encountered on a traditional domestic project, whether that is new build, alteration, or extension.
  • NBS Plug-ins – used for coordinating the information between your specification model and your CAD model, to produce robust, coordinated project documentation. NBS provides a range of tools to help in this area.
Project Management

Administration of a construction contract is a critical part of the building process. It is potentially high risk, is prone to dispute and litigation and requires detailed knowledge, understanding and experience to be done correctly. Having the right tools for the job will help to reduce the risk of error and save time.

  • NBS Contract Administrator – offers support and assistance with the important task of contract administration. It contains all the RIBA Contract Administration Forms and automates many of the aspects of completing these forms.
  • RIBA Building Contracts – The RIBA Domestic Building Contract and RIBA Concise Building Contracts are designed to be used in conjunction with RIBA’s Architect’s Appointment Agreements for Small Projects (domestic and concise forms); the new contracts are fully aligned with the RIBA Plan of Work 2013.
  • NBS Landscape – the industry standard landscape specification system. It is a library of pre-written specification and contract preliminaries clauses with extensive guidance, suitable for both hard and soft landscape projects.
Information Resources

It is often difficult to keep up to date with the latest regulatory, industry and product information. To assist you, NBS has a comprehensive range of information resources.

  • NBS Building Regulations – an online resource that contains the official Approved Documents in an easy-to-use electronic format. It is linked to the guidance in NBS specification software and also includes a practical series of technical guidance – ‘NBS Shortcuts.’
  • RIBA Product Selector – the market-leading product directory for specifiers and other construction industry professionals. Designed to assist in searches for products and services, the award winning printed RIBA Product Selector is firmly established as a major reference source for the construction industry.
  • The Construction Information Service – an online resource developed by IHS and NBS. This unique knowledge tool delivers instant access to technical information critical to all construction projects in one easy-to-use package.

Active ICIS Members

  • Richard Waterhouse – CEO (Past ICIS President)
  • Paul Swaddle
  • Adrian Malleson
  • Sarah Delany

Contact

NBS

The Old Post Office

St Nicholas Street

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RH

England

+44 (0)191 244 5500

www.thenbs.com

Finland - The Building Information Foundation RTS

Overview

Building Information Group is the leading provider of construction information in Finland. The Group consists of the Building Information Foundation RTS, which is the parent company and acts as the R&D unit for the whole group, and Building Information Ltd, which is the publishing house owned by the Foundation.

The Building Information Foundation RTS

The Building Information Foundation RTS is a private, non-profitmaking Foundation whose task is to foster both good planning and building methods and good property management practices. The Foundation and its activities are directed by a Board and an Assembly that represents the entire building and construction industry through 52 associations and organisations.

Projects that the non-profit making Foundation develops into profitable independent businesses are transferred to its operative company, Building Information Ltd. The Foundation participates in the activities of the Group companies both on the personnel level through its representatives and by organising and financing extensive committee work. The Foundation’s own contribution to research remains constant in both personnel and budgetary financing.

The Building Information Group have also building centres abroad: ET-INFOkeskuse AS in Tallinn, Estonia and St. Petersburg Construction Centre Ltd in Russia.

Building Information Ltd.

Building Information Ltd is a publishing house owned by the Building Information Foundation RTS. In its operations company promotes good and sound building and property management practices.

Nearly all Finnish building professionals are clients of Building Information Ltd. The company publishes instructions for building and property management, regulations, contract documents and forms and product information both in printed format, on CD and on the Internet. Also a wide range of books on architecture and construction, as well as magazines include the company’s publishing products.

Building Information Ltd has building bookshops in Helsinki and Kuopio. All available domestic literature in the field of building and architecture as well as Finland’s best selection of building industry-related literature from other countries are available in our bookshops.

Products/Services

Our product and service range covers all information needs of the construction industry, from design to implementation and maintenance, and from interior design to the construction of infrastructure.

The information services; RT Building Information, HEVAC, SIT Interior Decorations, Ratu Construction Productivity, Infrastructure, KH Property Management, the Occupational Safety in Construction and the RT Contract Documents are up-to-date tools for daily use by professionals. We also offer a broad selection of books, software products, magazine and training.

Active ICIS Members

  • Heimo Salo (CEO)
  • Christer Finne
  • Petri Neuvonen
  • Kari Sirén
  • Heta Timonen

Contact

The Building Information Foundation RTS

P.O.B 1004, FI-00101

Helsinki

Finland

+358 207 476 400

www.rakennustieto.fi

Germany - Gemeinsamer Ausschuss Elektronik im Bauwesen (GAEB)

Overview

Since 1 January 2005, the German Joint Committee for Electronics in Construction (GAEB) is integrated in the Deutscher Vergabe und Vertragsausschuss für Bauleistungen (DVA). The foundation of GAEB’s work is based on the statues of DVA.

Even though the term “GAEB“ has become an inherent part of the daily construction routine, hardly anyone knows what really hides behind this abbreviation. On the one hand, GAEB stands for the entire organisation; on the other hand it stands for the concept “Data exchange according to GAEB”.

As an interest group of all parties involved in the building process, the GAEB organisation promotes an IT-supported common language in the building industry. For this, GAEB frames rules for the exchange of building data and quantity determination as well as service descriptions and develops standardised texts for the description of construction work (STLB-Bau and STLB-BauZ).

The work of GAEB serves the public benefit and orients itself towards the following basis:

  • Textual and product neutrality
  • Practicability
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Recognised technical standards

With this, GAEB provides the prerequisites for an integrated data processing in the carrying out of construction measures based on the VOB.

Experts from all essential parts of the construction process are represented in GAEB and provide their technical knowledge for general practical application in the respective committees and working groups free of charge. Thus, neutrality and the acceptance of the results are guaranteed.

Products/Services

  • Standardised texts for the description of construction works for new buildings, renovation and maintenance (STLB-Bau)
  • STLB-Bau is a database oriented textual system for the standardised description of construction works for new buildings, renovation and maintenance
  • Standardised texts for the description of constructions for term contract work (STLB-BauZ)
  • STL-BauZ supports recurring maintenance work in buildings through standardised texts that are specially coordinated with this area
  • Rules and standards for the electronic data exchange and the setup of bills of quantities (GAEB DA).

Through the “Aufbau Leistungsverzeichnis” (setup service description) and the “dv-technisches Schema XML” (dv-technical scheme XML), “GAEB DA” provides the normative interface for the exchange of professional information between the parties involved in construction.

Description of the proceedings for the electronic amount and construction invoicing (GAEB-VB). In GAEB-VB, regulations for the invoicing of construction works as well as geometric solutions for typical invoicing task are developed, updated and harmonised. The goal is to get the same results with the same initial data at differing places independently.

The work results of GAEB are published by DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. They are the preconditions for the bid call, award and billing process construction works (Ausschreibung, Vergabe und Abrechnung – AVA).

Active ICIS Members

  • Sebastian Goitowski

Contact

GAEB (Gemeinsamer Ausschuss Elektronik im Bauwesen)

Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW

Zentrale am Standort Aachen

Robert-Schumann-Straße 51

52066 Aachen

Germany

+49 (30) 2601 2668

www.gaeb.de

Norway - Norconsult Informasjonssystemer (NIS)

Overview

Norconsult Informasjonssystemer (NIS) is one of Norway’s largest software vendors. We develop and distribute complete IT-solutions for project, building and facility management for both infrastructure and property. NoIS is a leading vendor of software for facility management, geographic information system, solution related to project administration, project management, cost analytics, building construction, CAD and property management. Norconsult Informasjonsssystemer AS is 100 % owned by Norconsult AS. Norconsult is Norway’s largest multidisciplinary consulting company with focus on community planning, transportation, energy and constructions.

Products/Services

NIS offers several solutions for facility management, Specification, costing and project management as well as BIM and structural analysis.

  • Calcus: Has become the de-facto standard in Norway for cost estimating in early stages of the project. Calcus use one analytic model for both cost estimating, carbon footprint and life-cycle cost. Advanced – but easy to use.
  • Beskrivelse: (Specification) The preferred software for making specification documents with quantities (BoQ) for all trades.
  • Norsk Prisbok (Norwegian Pricebook): An updated cost database in booklet, online and mobile version. It contains broad and diverse price information for the cost of a building project, as well as carbon footprint values and life cycle costs per year.

Active ICIS Members

  • Geir Johansen, Department Manager

Contact

Norconsult Informasjonssystemer AS

Kjørboveien 29,

N-1338 Sandvika

Norway

+ 47 6757 1500

www.nois.no

Sweden - Svensk Byggtjänst (The Swedish Building Centre)

Overview:

Svensk Byggtjänst (The Swedish Building Centre) is a limited liability company and is owned by around 30 organisations representing the entire construction industry and the entire construction process. Our mission is to offer products and services that contribute to a more efficient construction process. This means, among other things, that the majority of our profits are returned to the industry, as the company continuously invests in competence, service and product development.

Products/Services:

Our bookstore is Sweden’s largest for building literature. Here are books published by Svensk Byggtjänst, other publishers, authorities and associations.

  • “AMA” (Common Material and Work Description) contains the framework that describes the standard for materials and work performance. With AMA online and our “description tool” you can read and create technical descriptions.
  • “Byggkatalogen” (Building Product Catalog) contains information about building products and material suppliers.
  • “Omvärldsbevakning“  (Global scanning ) Online keeps you updated about new laws, rules and new technologies.
  • With a world of constant change, it is difficult to capture everything that concerns your business area – therefore, we also have a service called “Bygginfo”(Construction information).
  • “Renoveringsinfo” (Renovation advice) online provides you with news, research results and articles about professional energyefficient renovation.
  • “Företagssök”(Business Search) online collects companies in the construction industry.

Active ICIS Members:

Jan-Olof Edgar, Product Manager AMA

Contact:

AB Svensk Byggtjänst

S-113 87 Stockholm

Sweden

Visiting address: Odengatan 65, Stockholm

+46 8 4571000

www.byggtjanst.se

Switzerland - CRB Swiss Centre for Building Rationalisation

Overview

The Swiss Research Centre for Rationalisation in Building and Civil Engineering CRB has served the industry for over 55 years. CRB’s fields of activity includes the development, deployment and distribution of standards and tools for the production of Bills of Quantities, for an efficient and transparent management of construction costs and strive to increase competitiveness and better understanding between developers, planners, contractors and suppliers.

All products of CRB are published in German, French and Italian and they are provided as electronic data or print media. Each language includes more than 35,000 defined construction terms and about 1 million standard building descriptions.

CRB was established in 1959 by BSA (Federation of Swiss Architects). Further supporting bodies – SIA (Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects) and SBV (Swiss Contractors’ Association) – soon joined. Today CRB has got about 5’000 members throughout Switzerland and works together with important public and private builders and many partner organisations of the Swiss construction industry.

Products/Services

For the construction industry in Switzerland the CRB standards are reliable and consistent tools for the entire building lifecycle – from planning through to implementation and management.

  • The Catalogue of Standard Descriptions NPK is the main product. It is used for the systematic development of clear and precise descriptions of work and materials in construction. It also functions as a check list during the production of Bills of Quantities and it is linked to the cost planning and cost control activities.
  • With the product entries PRD, planners, builders and entrepreneurs can reference available products related to the specific NPK description. With free access to the PRD platform on the Internet they can view the relevant product and manufacturer information.
  • Cost plans can be produced in accordance with the Elemental Cost Analysis Building eBKP-H and the Elemental Cost Analysis Civil Engineering eBKP T through the use of building elements. This increases the efficiency in cost planning, quickly showing the items for which the costs are highest and where a potential for optimisation lays. The cost plans contain common definitions for terms, costs and reference variables.
  • The Element Catalogue EAK is a collection building elements constructed using the NPK in accordance with the eBKP. The element types are described with the cost-determining positions from the NPK including reference quantities.
  • The Building Types Catalogue OAK contains a collection of Swiss residential properties with cost data and parameters based on the eBKP-H and rich illustrations for the individual objects. Information and documentation regarding the areas, volumes, use, building systems and the energy concept of the objects are included.
  • Over the last 15 years, various ancillary tools have been developed to cater for building maintenance/refurbishment applications like ProLeMo, process/plan of work model for facility management and pbFM, which means Facility Management that is already part of the planning.
  • Since 1981 CRB distributes the Natural Colour System NCS exclusively in Switzerland. The NCS colour system is based on the human colour perception – regardless of products, materials or manufacturing processes. NCS describes the appearance of colours and colour relationships in such a way as to make them clearly visible. To its users include foremost architects, painters, designer, colour and product manufacturers, institutional building owners and trainers in schools and businesses.
  • Under the motto «small investment, big profits with a sustainable impact» CRB has developed a comprehensive training program. It is suitable at every level and provides the appropriate training materials to the CRB standards. The training is divided into three levels: basic, practical and extras. Additionally various workshops and half-day crash courses are made available.

Management:

  • Amadeo Sarbach (President)
  • Michel Bohren (CEO)

Active ICIS Members

  • Amadeo Sarbach
  • Michel Bohren
  • Tanja Heublein

Contact

CRB

Steinstrasse 21

8036 Zurich

Switzerland

+41 (44) 456 45 45

www.crb.ch

United States of America - AVITRU

Overview

AVITRU is recognised as the leading master specification provider in the U.S. Trusted by design and building professionals for decades, AVITRU serves an estimated 60,000 design professionals in all 50 states and more than 25 countries.

AVITRU understands that design professionals need to create accurate, high-quality, comprehensive specifications for their construction projects. To meet this need, AVITRU provides pre-written master guide specifications, which are thoroughly researched and written by its team of specification experts, helping to limit costly change orders. Coordination checklists are also provided to help users ensure that the specification sections are coordinated with each other and with the drawings.

AVITRU also recognises the time pressure of design professionals to produce specifications as quickly and accurately as possible. AVITRU’s advanced specification productivity software tools meet this need by simplifying specification creation, editing, formatting, and use. These tools are intuitive to use and automate repetitive tasks, thereby saving time in producing complete construction specifications.

AVITRU knows that design professionals also need product information as they are creating their specifications. To minimise the time researching products, AVITRU provides extensive product and manufacturer information through its cloud-based resources and customised manufacturer specifications. AVITRU’s specifications include links to manufacturers and their products that meet the specification requirements. Design professionals have access to this information at their fingertips – when it matters most. Every day over 4,000 specifiers access this product/manufacturer information.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, AVITRU’s management team are professional architects, engineers, and software developers with combined experience of more than 150 years. AVITRU employs more than 45 full-time professionals, including some of the most innovative software developers in the industry who leverage the expertise of AVITRU’s highly experienced specification writers.

Products/Services

MasterSpec Specifications

AVITRU publishes the MasterSpec specification system, currently celebrating 45 years, for The American Institute of Architects (AIA). It is used by 85% of the top architects and engineers in the U.S. for building projects. MasterSpec features more than 850 specification sections organised into 14 libraries. Rigorously reviewed by top specification experts, MasterSpec is updated regularly to address ongoing industry changes. All specifications conform to industry standards published by The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

SpecText Specifications

AVITRU publishes the SpecText specification system for infrastructure projects, and is the only specification system available for water and wastewater engineering. SpecText features more than 600 specification sections organised into 12 libraries. SpecText is written by AVITRU professional engineers and specification experts and updated regularly to address ongoing industry changes. All specifications conform to industry standards published by The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

SpecBuilder And Masterworks Specification Software

Altarix, working on a database of MasterSpec specifications, provides a powerful question-and-answer wizard that quickly guides design professionals through the selection of products and materials specific to their projects. Based on answers, Altarix adds, deletes, and modifies text, intelligently editing each MasterSpec specification section to fit project needs. Project management tools and reports save time by helping track and manage projects efficiently. Masterworks, a Microsoft Word plug-in, uses custom tools and wizards to simplify specification production by repetitive tasks. Global editing and formatting tools quickly and easily assist in creating a consistent specification format, headers and footers, and a table of contents. Checklist and reporting tools make assembling the project manual quick and easy.

Manufacturer Resources

AVITRU provides manufacturer and product information the thousands of products specified in its specifications. Because this information is stored in a cloud-based database AVITRU can quickly make changes and updates, thereby ensuring that users have the latest and most accurate information. AVITRU also provides manufacturer versions of MasterSpec and SpecText, which are customised by AVITRU for a manufacturer’s products. These manufacturer specifications make design professionals more efficient when they want a specification for a specific manufactured product.

Active ICIS Members

  • Christopher G. Bushnell, AIA, FCSI, CCS (Current ICIS President)
  • Michael J. King, FCSI, CCS (Past ICIS President)
  • Paul Brosnahan, AIA, CSI, CCS

Contact

AVITRU

465 South 400 East

Suite 200

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

United States of America

+001 (801) 521 9162

www.avitru.com