About Designing Buildings

Put all construction industry knowledge in one place and make it available to everyone for free

Designing Buildings
United Kingdom

Construction in the UK employs 3 million people in 280,000 organisations, each holding a vast amount of expert knowledge. Everything from how to create a brief for a new project, right through to getting tax breaks for water efficient taps. But that knowledge is inaccessible, fragmented and dispersed. If we put it all in one place, where everyone can find it, Construction UK will be more efficient, more collaborative, more innovative and better able to compete in the global market place.

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With 7.5 million unique users a year, Designing Buildings Wiki is the most popular construction industry websites in the UK. It gives free access to more than 9,000 articles about the planning, design, construction and operation of built assets. Users can find articles about things they don't know, and write articles about things they do.

Designing Buildings Wiki treats construction knowledge as a collaborative resource in the same way that BIM treats data and information. Knowledge is structured and connected, creating a single, evolving, integrated platform. Disambiguation pages help distinguish between similar terms, redirects combine terms with the same meaning, and hundreds of thousands of internal links help users get to the knowledge they need as quickly as possible.

Designing Buildings Wiki is supported by; The Institution of Civil Engineers, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, The Chartered Institute of Building, The Institute of Historic Building Conservation, BRE Trust, BSRIA, The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and ECA.

Designing Buildings Wiki is owned by Designing Buildings Limited, a company founded by project manager David Trench CBE FCIOB , architect Dr Gregor Harvie, construction law solicitor Richard Winward LLB FCIArb FCInst CES and chartered banker and finance director Martin Cantor.

Designing Buildings Wiki is for use in England and Wales (although Welsh building regulations may differ from English building regulations). However, much of the content of the site is also applicable in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and many other countries around the world adopt similar procedures.