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NGS has been collating information on environmental construction for over 15 years and has many long and consequently difficult to consume documents, e.g. over 800 NGS CPD Seminars, 100s of NGS ROBUST SPECIFICATIONS and guidance notes, NGS CHECKLIST (100+ pages), NGS JARGON BUSTER (440 pages, 9000 terms, 16,875 reads on Scribd 05/01/2014), NGS LINKS to information sources (100+ pages), etc.  In order to test the usefulness of this information to both consumer and business, samples were published on Scribd website where over >300 document have been opened by 275,000 readers in since June 2009 (then the counter was reset in 2014)

NGS DOWNLOAD website is being created now, to bring all this information and a wealth of 38 years of consultancy and into one structured set of information so it can be accessed easily and intuitively by different public, professional, tradesmen audiences.  All of the topics and subjects in these documents is extracted and given its own page, supported by links up and down and sideways like a brain’s neural network to any related information in different formats (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, PNG, HTML) more over with internet technology any subject can be drilled down to interrogate web published research papers anywhere on the internet giving direct unambiguous access to research often missed by designers, bringing a wealth of research to the fingertips of those that need it, and avoiding this wealth of information just sitting on shelves.  An example of a student’s research work published with NGS’s encouragement is Design for Deconstruction.


With 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design), BIM (Building Information Management) and web software we have the means to embed this vast collection of information into a virtual building that can be walked through, climbed over, dug under, passed through, interacted with and interrogated.  Wherever the mouse hovers context relevant information will popup, starting with options to consider and things to avoid (NGS CHECKLIST), with a mouse click menus will appear with links into PRODUCT PAGES, linking designers to manufacturers, supply chain and installers, links into NGS CODE and its many parts with their links anywhere in the website content and beyond to the internet.

How much detail could be revealed?

For example: hover over or click a tap in the 3D image and information windows will appear containing everything there is to know about taps pulled out of the encyclopaedia:

  • Lifestyle: Turn off taps when brushing teeth to save water
  • Resource efficiency: 
    • Low flow and sprinkler taps save water automatically
    • Always add a water isolation and flow balancing valve between the pipes and the taps
    • to allow washer replacement without draining the system, 
    • and control excess pressure and water consumption
  • Retrofit: water saving nozzles and aerators can be retro-fitted to taps to reduce water flow
  • Proximity detection: avoids bacteria transfer, turn on and off automatically and saves water
  • Avoiding contact: avoids leaving soap deposits that will need cleaning consuming water and cleaning materials
  • Anti-bacterial coatings: silver plated taps kill any bacteria deposited
  • Materials: Chromium is high impact, research is underway on alternative manufacturing
  • Multi functional taps: near boiling water and cold filtered water from same tap
  • Multi functional and proximity control taps with 6 settings are available
  • Design: BRE Environmental Assessment Method: flow targets requirements
  • AECB Water Standard
  • Water Technology List: taps eligible for Enhanced capital allowance (UK Tax)
  • Water Aware Labelled accredited taps available
  • Bathroom Water Efficiency Label accredited taps available
  • Manufacturers of: water efficient taps
  • Suppliers of: water saving taps
  • Specialist installers: of water saving taps
  • NGS PASS: Product Accessories System Screening: Taps
  • NGS COMPARE: Tap performance compared: Taps
  • NGS PRODUCT PAGES: Water saving taps
  • NGS CPD: Greening your Office: Sanitaryware, Taps
  • NGS ENVIRONMENTAL CHECKLIST: New build and refurbishment
  • NGS CONSULTANTS: Water Specialists

There will be many pieces of information delivered in a concertina block of windows where the user chooses the particular window they want to be open at any time.

The interface finds all there is to know without ever searching for anything.

One click will take you to the page you choose, one click will bring you back.

This same principle will apply to every component of the 3D model of the building, each component will have a slightly different list of subjects to interrogate.


The project is currently being discussed with other collaborators:

When the project is underway through our involvement in numerous committees and membership groups we will invite other Gurus and practicing Architects to contribute their know-how.

Development Partners:

Future development:

Seeking funding:

© NGS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy  
16th September 2007 - 14th January 2015



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Diagram of NGS ENCYCLOPAEDIA website and NGS 3D VIEW interface
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Post EcoBuild 2014 Notes updated 22/06/2014
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Outline spec for Website Interface 1 of 3 pages
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Planning Portal Interactive House pop-ups

NGS may adopt a similar approach but at a much finer detail

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STBA'S Approach looks very interesting and closer to NGS ambition
NGS are inviting STBA's website developers to price job

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© NGS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
31st October 2013 - 14th January 2015

See Also: 





  • 3D CAD virtual building and the interface with the data.  
  • 3D CAD BIM-ready
  • AECB EnerPHit refurbishment
  • CarbonLite new-build project outputs
  • GreenDeal



There are examples of website that do similar things to our ambition:

© NGS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
7th July 2013 - 4th January 2015