Top 3: BIM Libraries

BIM Libraries


According to AEC Magazine, BIM object providers are estimated to be worth around £30bn per year by 2020. Whilst the NBS National BIM Report (2015) states that in 5 years time, 95% of designers will be using BIM.

There are a number of UK and European based companies who provide a service to host manufacturers BIM objects and make them widely available for download and use in CAD based software programmes.

With the Government deadline looming for all public buildings to be built using BIM level 2 by April 2016 and the assortment of companies out there all offering a similar service, we’ve profiled the top 3 BIM providers (according to Google) to make sense of it all.

BIM Store

  • Largest UK content creation team
  • 3,500 objects available to download
  • On average 15,000 downloads and 330,000 page views per month
  • Over 35,000 registered users
  • Most common categories: walls, mechanical fixtures and plumbing fixtures

Favourite feature: Best branding and website usability


  • 85 of the largest 100 architecture firms use BIMobject
  • Over 400 brands host objects on their library
  • 7,000+ objects available to download and over 4,000,000 downloads to date
  • 150,000 registered users
  • Most common categories: furniture, windows/doors and sanitary ware

Favourite feature: BIMobject also operates outside of the UK and their website is accessible in 22 different languages

NBS National BIM Library

  • NBS is part of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), the primary professional body for architects in the UK
  • Over 220 manufacturers hosting objects on their library
  • 12,000 manufacturer and generic BIM objects available to download
  • 40,000 registered users
  • Most common categories: flooring, doors/windows and radiators

Favourite feature: NBS has the most presence online and in the construction industry throughout the UK


For more information on BIM, check out our other blog posts: 

Back to basics: BIM 

Benefits of using BIM



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