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National Institute of Building Sciences and buildingSMART USA Partner to Advance Building Industry Standards

A memorandum of understanding supports the use of open standards and will help improve efficiency in the construction industry

(WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2023) – The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and buildingSMART USA (bSUSA) have partnered to collaborate in the promotion and support of open standards, interoperable solutions, and digital work practices to overcome inefficiencies across the U.S. built environment.

A three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed, outlining the mutual agreement of NIBS and bSUSA to advise and educate groups on the benefits of adopting open data and national standards.

These groups include:

The agreement also provisions the cross-participation of both organizations in advancing standards and practice guidelines.

“NIBS and bSUSA are working hard to make improved and more effective standards a reality,” said AC Powell, JD, CPS, President and CEO of NIBS. “This alignment directly benefits the U.S. construction industry and our stakeholders.”

NIBS also is entering into a companion agreement with bSUSA’s parent organization, buildingSMART International (bSI).

About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.

About buildingSMART USA

buildingSMART USA is the U.S. chapter of buildingSMART International, supporting the digital transformation for building and infrastructure projects. bSUSA advocates the adoption of open data standards, optimized digital work processes and improved information exchange by designers, contractors and owner/operators (both public and private) responsible for building and infrastructure projects. bSUSA also provides education, training and professional certification in the use of openBIM.

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