NBS National BIM Library
Welcome to the 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

BIM Content


NBS National BIM Library

NBS National BIM Library

The award winning NBS National BIM Library is the primary source of free-to-use Building Information Modelling (BIM) content in the UK. It contains thousands of generic and proprietary BIM objects authored to the trusted NBS standard, all of which are data rich and are integrated with the world leading NBS specification software.


Our comprehensive collection of BIM objects span all major building fabric systems for walls, ceilings, roofs, floors, and this list is continuously expanding, so keep visiting and see the growing number of generic and manufacturer objects going live every week.


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Adhesives Admixtures, additives and additions Anchors Asphalt, bitumen and resin mixtures Balustrade and handrails Batt, mat and quilt insulation Bedding and underlay compounds Blinds and shading devices Calcium sulfate-based screed systems Carpets and underlays Ceilings Cementitious screed systems Concrete Concrete waterproofing Curtain Walling systems Damp proof courses Data distribution components Display and presentation fittings and equipment Doors Drainage Electrical accessories Electrical equipment External wall insulation systems Fencing systems Fire detection and alarm systems Fixed utilitarian access systems Floor Finishes Floors Gaskets, weatherstrips and baffles Gate systems General fittings, furnishings and equipment Geosynthetics (geomembranes, geotextiles, etc.) Glazing sheets Gravity retaining wall systems Hard landscaping Heating Systems High voltage distribution systems Insulation Intruder detection and alarm systems Joint accessories for concrete construction Lathing and furring Masonry units Mechanical equipment Membranes Metal sections Metal Sheets Mineral based boards and panels Mirrors and noticeboards Mortars and grouts and slurries Panel cubicles Panel partitions Plasters and renders Plastics-based rigid boards and sheets Precast concrete retaining wall products Reinforcement Roofs Sanitary appliance systems Sanitary fittings & fixtures Services plant and equipment supports Signage Site-applied finishes Street and site furniture Structural deck systems Structural glass wall systems Turf and pre-planted substrates Wall and ceiling trims Wall and floor tiles Wall cladding Wall ties, restraints and masonry supports Walls Windows Wood-based boards and panels

Object Definitions...


In addition to the objects that live in the CAD model, there are many other objects that are required to construct a building. NBS, as part of CPI, is delighted to be able to publish the system and product property definitions that live below the new Uniclass tables.


Endorsements...


The NBS National BIM Library enjoys industry-wide support. See what Polyflor has to say:

“Polyflor have invested a vast amount of time and research into BIM and its future as a groundbreaking advancement in technology for the construction industry. With the UK adoption rate of BIM tripling over the past three years it is the perfect time for Polylfor to offer another level of service to our customers.

“The National BIM Library was a natural choice for Polyflor as it was important for us to provide the selected ranges as objects available free of charge for download across all leading software formats.”

Tom Rollo, Marketing Manager - Polyflor



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