The Building Services version of NES contains an extensive choice of engineering clauses that can be used to create comprehensive building services specification documents. The content is constantly updated to ensure that it follows current best practice and legislation. NES is supported by both CIBSE and BSRIA.
The sections are based on the Common Arrangement of Work Sections (CAWS). CAWS is a working convention designed to promote standardisation of, and detailed co-ordination between, bills of quantities and specifications. It is part of the industry wide Construction Project Information (CPI) initiative and is used for the arrangement of building project documents throughout the industry.
It is essential that building specifications are concise, clear and accurate. However keeping specifications up to date with current legislation and standards would involve time and cost beyond the reach of most companies. This is why NES specification expert is so valuable. All the clauses are available at your fingertips and are constantly updated giving you complete confidence your specifications meet current standards.
The building services version contains sections on Residential Projects (B20) and non-residential projects - Public Health, Mechanical and Electrical services specific sections.
Easy to Use
Although extremely comprehensive, NES is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition to an extensive instruction manual the software contains easy to use wizards, typical examples and FAQ's.
Guidance notes are provided for most sections and in some cases for individual clauses. In addition to this facility, you can also add your own comments to sections and clauses.
NES is divided into comprehensive sections containing a vast library of the latest specification clauses. You choose and insert relevant sections into your document and complete each specification to meet the exact requirements of your project.
View all the sections in NES
Each section provides references to standards and other legislation providing a checklist that ensures nothing is missed in a specification.
NES provides the basis of a QA system through inclusion of audit trails and standard formatting of sections.
Live Update allows quartely updates of content via the internet to ensure NES includes latest changes to specification clauses, legislation and standards, best practice and developments in technology.
BSRIA corporate master specification preparation service; converting your in-house master specifications into an NES format.
Efficiently import and link to other files in your specification including CAD drawings, MS Word Documents and MS Excel Spreadsheets.
Included in certain sections are unique pre-edit questions which allow you to tailor content to the specific needs of your project, reducing time spent reading and editing material. The Pre-edit system asks a series of questions which are specific to that section and based on your answers, removes clauses and references which are not relevant. You can also create your own pre-edit questions on any section to add to your company master specifications.
Search and Replace Module
Search quickly across all master content for information you require.
What NES will give you
Accuracy, consistency and conciseness
NES is structured according to the Common Arrangement of Work Sections, ensuring that all project work is co-ordinated and that nothing is overlooked or misinterpreted.
NES contains a full library of Standard Specification clauses and allows users to create and save their own clauses for specialised requirements allowing a fully tailored service to be created.
This ensures that all vital parts of a specification are included, minimising the risk of omissions.
Up to Date information
NES is updated regularly as the new British Standards, European Standards and standards from other recognised bodies are adopted, ensuring users' specifications refer to the latest standards and hence minimise the risk of litigation
Efficient specification compilation
Once the required clauses and options for the project have been selected, the software will automatically compile the specification
Saves time – available on every desktop
Specifications can be merged into Microsoft Word
This gives the user the option of editing and formatting the completed specification within Word, with the added benefit of incorporating corporate identities eg logos
NES is written by Building Services Engineers for Building Services Engineers, ensuring that it fits seamlessly into current day-to-day working practices
Follows current best practice
NES takes account of all major developments in technology, new products and methodology, saving substantial research time.
Provides the basis of a quality assurance (QA) system (e.g. ISO9000)
Ensures all staff are producing quality assured documents
Complies with growing industry requirements
Many client bodies / agencies now require design practices to submit their specifications using NES. Using NES enables companies to carry out work for such organisations.