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Why choose GBS over NBS?

NBS Create
NBS Plus
NBS Building
NBS Plus
GBG Robust
Specification
Specification files available to non-subscribers
(NBS >£1200/annum and all files accessible)
No No Yes
Specification files available individually No No Yes
Specification files available to users £0.00 free
(if paid for my manufacturer)
No No Yes
Specification files available to users £0.88
(not paid for by manufacturer)
No No Yes
Specification files available to subscribers
(GBE £15-£250/annum and free unlimited files)
No No Yes
Website is free open access (except shop) Yes Yes Yes
Shop is free with subscriber membership No No Yes

 

NBS entries: the following:

Specifications inside software  10 £475  £4,750 Compare 1

GBE entries: the following:

Company Page 1 £25 £25  
Supplier Page 1 £25 £25  
Manufacturer Page 1 £25 £25  
Product Pages 10 £25 £250  
System Pages 5 £25 £125  
Detail Specification 15 £25 £375  
Documents uploaded 20 £5 £100  
Related Jargon Buster Pages 10 £25 £250  
Members Newsletter dedicated to these additions 1 £125 £125  
Mailchimp campaign 2000 recipients:
Specifiers, Housing, Local Authority
1 £250 £250  
Social Media campaign:
Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Google+, Pinterest
1 £125 £125  
Pages linked to Manufacturer/Supplier/Products/System pages
and Specification clauses
55 £5 £275  
Issue paper related to problems solved by the products 1 £125 £125  
      £2,075 Compare 1
NBS annual renewal: 10 £475 £4,750 Compare 2
GBE annual renewal:
Pay for Pages only, not repaying for set up costs
18 £25 £450 Compare 2

 

Why choose GBS over NBS?

Products Specification clauses: NBS GBS
3 line simple specifications Yes No
Standard clause populated with some information Sometimes No
Outline spec clause with some information No Option
As long as needed to include ALL information No Yes
Clauses visible at all times No Yes
Clauses visible when on the right clause in software Yes N/A
Vulnerable to specification substitution Yes No
Longer specification clauses NBS GBS
Aim is to be autonomous including being useful at:
detailing, drawing annotation, bills of quantities, pricing, value engineering, ordering, site supervision, installation, testing, contract administration.
No Sometimes
(Outline)
Resistant to: value engineering, cost cutting and specification substitution No Yes
Every first time user of the specification is completely reliant upon having access to all literature and instructions to do any competent work at any stage of the demand-supply chain. Yes No
Product clauses Included Yes
Accessory clauses Included Yes
System clauses Included Yes
Manufacturer Details Included Yes
Supplier Details No Yes
Applicator/Installer Details No Yes
Specifications take a while to complete because they aim to contain information that may not be at everybody’s fingertips, but needs to be, to avoid errors and delays in mission critical tasks at any stage No Yes
Longest Specification clauses: they include: NBS GBS
Application, Location, Reference drawings, etc. Sometimes Yes
Manufacturer Name and all contact details Sometimes Yes
Product Reference and if appropriate model numbers/sizes Yes Yes
Standards: manufacturing, installation, testing Sometimes Yes
Performance: the unique properties that helped choose the product in the first place, the reasons and tools to resist value engineering, cost cutting and substitution No Yes
Accreditations, Certifications, Labels: more reasons to choose the product Sometimes Yes
Substrates, conditioning, preparation, fixing methods, time delay before testing Sometimes Yes
Accessories that make up the system Sometimes Yes
System Assembly clauses Included Yes
Any guarantee requirements No Yes
Lists or trained/approved installers or links to webpages No Yes
Links to literature on web pages No Yes
Everything so there are no reasons to get anything wrong. No Yes

 

Why choose GBS over GreenSpec?

Products/Accessories/Systems Page: GreenSpec GBS
Company Credentials Yes Company Page
Company Contact details Yes Company Page
Enquiry form Yes No
1 Images Yes Yes
Accreditations/Accolades/Certification/Endorsements Sometimes Yes 1 & 2
Environmental Labels Sometimes Yes 2
2 About Product/Accessory/System Yes Yes
Materials Yes Yes 2
Recycled Content Yes Yes 2
Life Expectancy Yes Yes 2
Country of Manufacture Yes Yes 2
3 Incubator No Yes
GreenSpec PASS Yes No
4 Product Accessory System Screening No Yes
5 HERACEY (TM) No Yes
6 Manufacturers Downloads Yes Yes
7 Product/Accessory/System Data Sheet 1/3 3/3
8 BIM CAD Model Yes Yes
9 BIM Product/Accessory Data Sheet No Yes
10 COBie Spreadsheet No Yes
11 Product/Accessory/System Specification No Yes
12 Application Data Sheet No Yes
13 Product Yes Yes
14 Systems No Yes
15 Elemental Assemblies No Yes
16 Elemental Sub-Assembly Specification No Yes
17 Workmanship Specification No Yes
18 Waste Specification No Yes
19 FM Spec In Use Maintenance Specification No Yes
Recyclability Yes Yes 20
20 End Of Life Options No Yes
21 Product/Accessory Passport No Yes
22 See Also: No Yes
   Jargon Buster No Yes
   Checklist No Yes
   Q&A No Yes
  Defects No Yes
  CPD Yes Yes
  Lecture No Yes
23 Echo No Yes
24 LCA and EPD Yes Yes
25 Classify No Yes
26 Manufacturer Yes Yes
27 Supplier Yes Yes
28 Installer/Applicator No Yes
29 Finish Colour Pattern Texture Swatch Yes Yes
30 Links Yes Yes
Comments (moderated) Yes Yes

Why choose GBS over GreenSpec?

GreenSpec Product Entries + GreenSpecPASS
1 Product 1 year £995 £199 £1,194 Compare 3
1 Product 2 year discount £1,495 £299 £1,794 Compare 4
1 product 3rd year £995 £199 £1,194  
1 product 3rd year total with 2nd year discount     £2,988 Compare 5
GBE entries: the following:        
Company Page 1 £25 £25  
Supplier Page 1 £25 £25  
Manufacturer Page 1 £25 £25  
Product Pages 1 £25 £25  
System Pages 1 £25 £25  
Detail Specification clause 1 £25 £25  
GBE Robust Specification 1 £250 £250  
Documents uploaded 5 £5 £25  
Related Jargon Buster Pages 10 £25 £250  
Members Newsletter dedicated to these additions 1 £125 £125  
Mailchimp campaign 1500 recipients: Specifiers, Housing, Local Authority 1 £125 £125  
Social Media campaign: Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Google+, Pinterest 1 £125 £125  
Pages linked to Manufacturer/Supplier/Products/System pages and Specification clauses 10 £5 £50  
Issue paper related to problems solved by the products 1 £0 £0  
      £1,100 Compare 3
GBE annual renewal: Pay for Pages only, not repaying set up costs for 18 £25 £450  
Two tear total     £1,550 Compare 4
Three year total     £2,000 Compare 5

© GBE GBS NGS ASWS Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan
19th July 2016

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