• Ideal for those working on small domestic building projects
  • You can be confident your specifications are technically robust and always up to date
  • Online tools to help you amend your work sections easily and accurately
  • Onscreen NBS Guidance provided for each work section
  • Your final specification is published as a PDF
  • For only £47.50+VAT you buy a specification when you need it – no subscription required

Welcome to NBS Domestic Specification

The online specification writing tool for small domestic building projects

NBS Domestic Specification has been created with professional designers and domestic builders in mind. It can also be used by home owners/occupiers. If you require a specification tool for commercial projects, other NBS products will provide you with the right functionality.

The content is designed especially for work on small domestic buildings. It includes elements of work you are likely to need for typical domestic projects and is presented in a clear and concise way.

The intuitive software guides you through the specification process. Once you've completed your specification you can publish it in PDF format.

For only £47.50+VAT you can buy a specification whenever you need it. There is no subscription or installation required and you can get started on your specification immediately.

NBS Domestic Specification has been created with professional designers and domestic builders in mind. It can also be used by home owners/occupiers.

The contract particulars and work sections in the product are shown below. When writing your specification you may not require all of these - just select the content relevant for your individual project.

Contract Particulars

  • JCT Building Contract for a Home Owner/Occupier who has not appointed a Consultant to oversee the work (HO/B)
  • SBCC Scottish Building Contract for a Home Owner/Occupier who has not appointed a Consultant to oversee the work (HO/Scot)
  • JCT Building Contract for a Home Owner/ Occupier who has appointed a Consultant to oversee the work (HO/C)
  • SBCC Scottish Building Contract for a Home Owner/ Occupier who has appointed a Consultant to oversee the work (HO/C/Scot)
  • JCT 2011 Minor Works Building Contract (MW)
  • JCT 2011 Minor Works Building Contract with Contractor's Design (MWD)
  • SBCC 2011 Minor Works Building Contract (MW/Scot)
  • SBCC 2013 Minor Works Building Contract with Contractor's Design (MWD/Scot)

Work sections

  • A9 General requirements
  • D2 Site preparation
  • E1 Concrete foundations and floors
  • F1 Masonry walling
  • G1 Packaged frames and structural steelwork
  • G2 Structural timber and general carpentry
  • H2 Board and sheet external cladding and soffits
  • H6 Slate and tile pitched roof coverings and cladding
  • J1 Flat roof coverings
  • K1 Wood internal flooring, linings and trim
  • L1 Windows, roof windows and patent glazing
  • L2 Doors and frames
  • L3 Stairs and guarding
  • M1 Plastering, rendering and screeding
  • M4 Sheet and tile internal finishes
  • M6 Painting, staining and varnishing
  • N1 Appliances and fittings
  • Q1 Landscape
  • R1 Above and below ground drainage
  • S9 Hot and cold water systems
  • T9 Heating systems
  • U9 Ventilation systems
  • V9 Electrical systems

NBS Domestic Specification allows you to quickly and easily create concise, technically accurate and up-to-date specifications for small domestic building projects.

They are essential for providing a permanent record of work agreed, including the value of work, which can be used as a set of instructions onsite. It is also an important part of an application for Building Regulations approval.

  • Good value
    Each specification you create costs £47.50+VAT. No subscription is required – just buy each individual specification as you need it.
  • Domestic content
    The content is designed especially for work on small domestic buildings. It includes elements of work you are likely to need for typical domestic projects and is presented in a clear and concise way.
  • Technically accurate
    You can be assured you are using the industry standard specification system that conforms to best practice. Our in-house team of technical authors update the content regularly so you can be confident you are always referencing the most current information.
  • Quick and easy to use
    Specifications are edited easily and accurately onscreen. Much of the content is pre-written so very little typing is involved. Some clauses require additional information which you can either type in or complete with the use of drop-down lists of commonly specified values.
  • Supported
    Onscreen guidance helps you select and edit the right content for your project. It provides information for each work section relating to materials and design, including workmanship advice and tips on how to avoid pitfalls. Technical guidance is also provided to help you complete individual clauses. In addition, there are β€˜top tips' to give you additional assistance.
  • Professional
    Once you've completed your specification you can publish it in PDF format, which provides a professional document to give to tenderers, the contractor and the client. The specification document provides clear and concise information, ensuring everyone is working towards the same quality standards.

NBS Domestic Specification is divided into sections, each covering an element of work likely to be encountered on a typical domestic project. You create your specification by selecting the work sections you require for your individual project and editing them to suit your requirements.

You don't have to complete your specification in one sitting – you can save your work and come back at any time. In the meantime, you can trust NBS to securely look after your data.

You can create your specification now in just 6 simple steps.

  • Login/register
    Firstly login to or create an NBS Account. It's a quick and easy process that asks you for a few standard details.
  • Create
    Create a new specification and give it some project details such as a title, client name and project address.
  • Select
    From a full list of contract particulars and work sections available, select the specific content you need for your specification.
  • Pay
    Pay for your specification using our quick and secure payment facility.
  • Edit
    Edit and complete your specification online. A lot of the content is pre-written, and there are drop-down boxes and onscreen guidance to help you.
  • Publish
    Once you have finished your specification you can publish it as a PDF. You also have the option of publishing a draft version too at any time.
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