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National BIM Library launches this week

A free library of generic and proprietary BIM objects for a range of systems and products such as walls, windows, doors, foundations, cladding and roofs is to launch this week.

Developed by Royal Institute of British Architects subsidiary NBS, the online librrary will enable architects, designers, contractors and suppliers to locate and download generic and proprietary BIM objects.

NBS hopes that the library will build up to become the leading source of free-to-use BIM objects, and over time will also incorporate proprietary manufacturer objects. The library is officially launched at Ecobuild this week and is backed by software specialists Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Graphisoft, Tekla and Vectorworks.

The generic models will initially be delivered in IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) and Autodesk Revit formats with the intention of making content available through a variety of alternative formats as soon as possible.

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