National BIM standard version 1 – part 1 released

The National Institute of Building Sciences’ Facility Information Council announced  the release of the "National Building Information Modeling Standard Version 1 - Part 1: Overview, Principles, and Methodologies" for public use.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff February 11, 2008

The National Institute of Building Sciences’ (NIBS), Facility Information Council (FIC) announcedxperts in the capital facilities industry, incorporates industry comments and now contains new and expanded information about the NBIMS production and use process.
The National BIM Standard, a key element of the overall industry transformation being supported and coordinated by the buildingSMART alliance, establishes standard definitions for building information exchanges to support critical business decisions. Implemented in software, the consensus-based standard will form a basis for more accurate and efficient commerce within the capital facilities industry. The National BIM Standard is also intended to help participants in facilities-related processes achieve more reliable outcomes from commercial agreements.
“As the building process transitions to BIM, the use of true performance criteria for and design of higher performing buildings will become possible. By advancing beyond today’s standards, which have been driven, at least in part, by minimum requirements for regulatory demands, we have the opportunity to offer higher performing buildings to owners and users. This will allow our moving beyond the non-codified performance measures that have to a large extent depended on manufacturers’ claims and warrantees that address building performance in many different and typically non-standardized ways. In the future, through the use of BIM, we will greatly increase our ability to analyze the life-cycle value of many more design alternatives and options, far better manage costs and virtually eliminate much of the waste, errors and inefficiency inherent in today’s facility delivery process.” said David A. Harris, FAIA, president of
“While there remain many Building Information Modeling issues to discuss, coordinate, and resolve, we hope the release of Version 1 – Part 1 of the Standard will facilitate discussion and lay the groundwork for ongoing activities not only in the U.S. but also with our international counterparts,” said Alan Edgar, chair of the NBIMS Project Committee.
The National BIM Standard Version 1 – Part 1 can be downloaded at no cost.