Last edited 26 Oct 2020

Construction knowledge sources

This article provides links to key sources of construction industry knowledge in the UK. Separate, linked lists have been created for some of the larger categories.

Name. Description. Access.
Academia Knowledge sharing for academics Sign up
ADF Architects' data file Free
BAILLI Case law Free
Barbour Product Search Building product search platform Free to access
BCIS RICS cost information service Subscription
BIM resources List of resources Variable
BSi Standards Subscription / one off payment
Building Data Exchange Data on the performance of buildings Free
BPI Building Products Index Free
Carbon Buzz Closing the gap between calculations and performance Sign up
CIS The Construction Information Service IHS Markit and NBS access to regulations, standards, technical advice and news. Subscription
Constructionline Access to procurement contracts and projects Membership
Crossrail learning legacy Good practice, lessons learned and innovation. Free
Designing Buildings Wiki Construction industry Wiki Free
Emerald Insight Research Pay for
FIDIC Contracts Pay for
Glenigan Market leads and insights Pay for
Government / Government agencies Legislation / policy / reports Free
i3P Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform Membership
IHS Markit Market information Subscription
Industry reports List of construction industry reports through history Free

Institutes and associations (A-F)

Institutes and associations (G-Z)

List of institutes and associations with links Variable
isurv RICS, the online knowledge subscription service Subscription
JCT Contracts Pay for
KTN Innovation network Free
London 2012 learning legacy Knowledge and lessons learned from the construction of the Olympic Park Free
Other organisations associated with the construction industry List with links Variable
Magazines and journals List with links Variable
Major Projects Knowledge Hub Sharing knowledge and good practice Free
NetRegs Environmental guidance for Northern Ireland & Scotland Free
NBS Specifications Subscription
NBS Source A cloud-based platform for construction product information Free
NEC Contracts Pay for
Planning Portal Planning applications Free
RIBA product selector Building products library Now NBS Source
Specify-it Construction component and equipment supplier information from IHS Subsrcibe for full access Encyclopaedia for UK steel construction information Free
Taylor & Francis Research portal Some free content
The Building Centre Centre for innovation in the built environment Combination of free and pay for events, news and products
The Water Network Knowledge sharing platform Free
Universities List with links Variable
WRAP Practical solutions to improve resource efficiency Free
Zero Carbon Hub Closed on 31st March 2016, but still accessible Free

In addition, many private organisations in the construction industry, such as experienced clients, consultants, contractors and suppliers will have internal knowledge resources.

See also:

There is a useful list of construction project management software at:

NB The results of the Construction Knowledge Survey undertaken in 2018 suggest the frequency that practitioners access different types of knowledge is as shown below.

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