December 1, 2010

Join IDEA at Ecobuild America 2010 for a Complimentary Educational Event

IDEA will co-present with NEMA and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) at Ecobuild America for the educational session “Cutting out the Cut Sheet: SPie Streamlines the Product Specification and Selection Process.” This event will take place in Washington DC on December 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. You can attend this session and peruse through the Ecobuild exhibit hall for free and receive 10% off additional conference savings by using our priority codes.

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 will show 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.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC), the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP), and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) are spearheading the SPie project. Manufacturers and manufacturing associations, including the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industries (AWCI), the Woodwork Institute (WI), the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) are active participants. During the December 6 demonstration, several industry associations will show how they are implementing the SPie standards and illustrate how SPie can extend into electronic purchasing, O&M, QTO and submittals.

“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.”

SPie extends and cross references the OmniClass™ product and properties tables. It applies the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) standard, which is already widely used for data sharing in building information modeling (BIM), to product specifications data.

To register for the free SPie demonstration, visit, select the “Exhibits and Keynotes Pass,” and enter promotion code IDEAX to waive the fee. Visit IDEA in the exhibit hall at booth #341 while you’re there!

You can receive 10% off additional conference savings by using the promotion code IDEAX10. View the entire Ecobuild event schedule.