BIM templates for building products

Specifiers' Properties information exchange (SPie) project is developing BIM templates for building products. These templates, and their related "property sets," will play a significant role in the way products are specified in the future. Building product manufacturers should get involved in developing these new consensus standards to assure that their interests are represented, and to assure that the templates that will be of most use to you and your customers.

The SPie property sets and templates will be used in BIM models to facilitate the life-cycle information needs of the project. The templates would be similar to outline specifications and could be used as facility management tools. To date, more than 450 templates have been started.

The effort is being coordinated by CSI,  National Institute of Building Science's buildingSMART alliance, SCIP, and USACE Engineer Research and Development Center.

The CSI Technical Committee is seeking members to participate in developing property sets for particular building products. If you have expertise with a specific building product, are interested in growing the profession's integration of products and specifications, have been looking for ways to push the profession forward on BIM, or have questions and would like to receive more information on SPie, contact Matthew Fochs at with a brief summary of the product group you have experience with along with a brief statement of your professional background.

If you aren't part of this effort, your competitors will be.