IDEA Co-Presented with NEMA and the National Institute of Building Sciences

IDEA co-presented with NEMA and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) at Ecobuild America 2010 for the educational session "Cutting out the Cut Sheet: SPie Streamlines the Product Specification and Selection Process." This event took place in Washington DC on December 6 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

"The focus of NEMA and its partner IDEA is to facilitate matching specific needs of building owners and designers to specific products in the marketplace. First, for the electrical industry. But, given the flexibility of the NEMA/IDEA solution, to those in other industries as well," said Jim Lewis, NEMA's manager for high performance buildings. "Working in conjunction with the National Institute of Building Sciences and other organizations on the SPie initiative, we are looking forward to presenting our joint contribution to the next-generation of building information modeling (BIM) solutions on December 6th."

Sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences, Ecobuild America shows you how to build more sustainably, collaboratively, and efficiently. Conference topics and exhibits cover:

  • BIM & Information Technology
  • Building Performance & Energy Efficiency
  • Green Building, LEED & Sustainable Design
  • Practice & Business Management
  • Sustainable Sites & Infrastructure

About the Specifiers' Properties information exchange (SPie) Session

It won't be long until product specification sheets are a thing of the past. A new, easier way to select products, the Specifiers' Properties information exchange (SPie), is helping manufacturers to deliver product information to specifiers and designers in an easy-to-compare, digital format. The demonstrations in this session showed how adopting the SPie standard can improve the specification/selection process as well as other downstream processes, such as:

  • Lighting fixture specification and selection using standard specification software, allowing for the option of electronic purchasing,
  • Electrical elements, including operation and maintenance (O&M) methods,
  • Wall products and the impact of standard naming on quantity take-off (QTO) and estimating, and
  • Cabinetry specification and the processing of submittals.

Read more about this event on the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) website.