National BIM Library

National BIM Library

Senior are BIM ready ahead of the 2016 deadline

By 2016 the Government require all Public Sector procured building and infrastructure projects to be delivered using the BIM (Building Information Modelling) process.

We have been busy working with RIBA to make sure that BIM objects for all our fenestration systems are available well ahead of the 2016 deadline.

BIM objects for our range of window, door and curtain walling systems are now available on the National BIM Library and can also be downloaded by selecting the required product on this page. Our library of BIM objects will be regularly updated as we continue to develop innovative new products.

Want to know more?

BIM is a relatively new concept, so to help you find your way around the process, we have produced a list of frequently asked questions. Simple click on a question below to find out more…


What is BIM?

BIM stands for Building Information Modelling and is a way of working which allows everyone to understand a building through the creation of an intelligent 3D digital model. It brings together all of the information about every component of a building, in one place allowing design, visualisation simulation and collaboration.

How does it work?

BIM will change the way that buildings, infrastructure and utilities are planned, designed, built and managed throughout their lifetime. It is a collaborative approach where architects, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and clients are required to work from ONE model with ONE process and ONE data source

Why has it been introduced?

The whole BIM process has been implemented primarily to save 20% on Public Sector Construction costs. The Government have allocated £20 Billion Construction spend in 2016 and simply require value for money. Through extensive research it has been proved that creating a collaborative approach to Construction will benefit all parties involved.

What are the benefits of using BIM?

We believe that BIM is what the industry has craved for years and hopefully by eliminating invariably inaccurate, ambiguous and incomplete information, it will reduce the risk of mistakes and discrepancies, benefitting all parties involved. Over time frustration, inefficiency, abortive works and reduced earning potential should reduce significantly and it should become easier to achieve project and business goals.

What are the deadlines for using BIM?

By 2016 the Government requires all centrally procured Government projects to be delivered using fully collaborative 3D BIM, with all project and asset information, documentation and data being digital.

What are BIM objects?

A BIM object for any product contains digital information on a number of things including:

  • Properties of the product e.g. thermal performance or weather rating
  • The physical characteristics of the product in geometric form
  • Visualisation data to give the product a recognisable appearance
  • Functional data, such as detection zones, that enables the object to be positioned and behave in the same manner as the product itself.

Where can I obtain BIM objects?

Free BIM objects can be downloaded from the NBS National BIM Library. Some companies also make BIM objects available via their website. Free BIM objects for all Senior products can be downloaded from this website by clicking the relevant product on this page.

BIM Objects Available to Download

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