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What specifiers want from manufacturers

What specifiers want from manufacturers

Building product manufacturers can access a free download of NBS’ latest survey into specifications, focusing directly on what specifiers now expect from them in 2017 and beyond.

NBS received over 500 responses to the survey, from a wide variety of roles and practice sizes, with 70% of respondents heavily involved in selecting and/or researching construction products during the specification process.

“It’s no understatement that this was possibly one of our most sought-after reports for manufacturers when we last ran it in 2012,” said Chief Executive of NBS Richard Waterhouse.

“The fact that we continue to receive requests from manufacturers to access the report, even in the subsequent years where we have seen a lot of changes within the industry, meant that we needed to update this information to reflect the changes in processes and attitudes towards creating specifications in this digital landscape.”

The report includes questions around what influences product selection, how important performance criteria is and when specifiers are considering products when writing specifications.

Head of Research, Analysis and Forecasting at NBS, Adrian Malleson, said: “We know that specifications remain an essential document for the industry, and we know what issues specifiers continue to get frustrated with when it comes to this process.

“From the report, manufacturers can understand how they can help specifiers deal with the issue of product substitution, the top 10 factors they consider when specifying products and what support they’re looking for as we move towards a future of collaborative specifications.”

Newcastle-based NBS provides technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals including architects, engineers and surveyors as well as services for building product manufacturers.

www.thenbs.com/whatspecifierswant17

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