The Whole Building Design Guide's (www.wbdg.org) productguide™ serves as a repository for consensus developed property set templates jointly developed by manufacturers and designers under the leadership of the National Institute of Building Sciences and its members, especially the buildingSMART Council, the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practices, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. The templates are useful for product specification and procurement and for life-cycle facility management purposes. They are based on the OmniClass Table 23 – Products and are also searchable by MasterFormat 2004 or Uniformat classification systems. The templates are provided in XML, IFCXML and IFC formats. productguide™ will also reference product information submittal requirements as defined in the Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS 01 78 23 Operation and Maintenance Data).
Designers and constructors are encouraged to use these templates to query vendors regarding products suitable for their requirements. Manufacturers are encouraged to use these templates to publish in their desired media. In some instances, manufacturers may provide product catalog information as examples of the of the interoperable data exchange standards COBie and SPie.
About 1000 templates are in the database, and about 6000 more templates are currently in initial stages of definition. Additional property sets aimed at emerging sustainability criteria are also in initial stages of definition. If you are interested in contributing to these efforts, please contact Mark Kalin.