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STABU Moving Forward


August 08, 2015

STABU Bouwbreed

The STABU specification system, STABU2, has been in the market for 25 years. The system with users having this many years of experience is a defacto standard in the Dutch construction industry. But the industry is changing and the need for a more flexible and comprehensive specification system has been clear for some time.

On January 6th STABU introduced her new specification system, STABU Bouwbreed.

New specification system

The new specification system has been designed to be used in a BIM process, but can still be used in a traditional process.

The approach has been changed towards a project dossier instead of a single document. This means users now have the possibility to use various classifications and clauses to work from a more abstract level towards a fully detailed building dossier.


Multiple administrative systems

The developments in the construction industry demand more flexibility to be able to work together in construction teams. One of the demands is to be able to create a contract suited for the chosen construction process.

STABU Bouwbreed offers the possibility to make a choice out of various administrative systems.

At this moment there are two systems that can be used:

  • UAV; the traditional administrative system used in combination with the work sections method of STABU2. STABU Bouwbreed is a generic system, where UAV is still a possibility next to the other systems.
  • UAV-gc; this is an administrative system which can be used when using more performance based specifications.

We anticipate to add more administrative systems this year, which will result in a wider spectrum of types of contracts that can be used in a construction process.

Multiple working methods

The STABU Bouwbreed specification system now consists of:

  • The traditional Work Sections classification;
    • This is the well known classification in the industry, many users are experienced in using this entrance to the content of the database.
    • Also this classification is useful for restauration and renovation works.
  • Spaces (Areas, Building Types, Spaces);
    • This classification is a missing link between the needs of the owner, translating into a brief and the stage of facility manager.
  • Buildingsystems and Installations;
    • This new classification has been built using experience from SfB, Uniclass, Omniclass with the goal of creating a logical classification to describe systems in a building. Starting with performance clauses and working this through to technical solutions working together in a process has become easier.

 European legislation – CE marking

Since july 2013 European legislation has enforced the Construction Product Regulation for the European market. This is essentially a standard for technical product data, used for a level playing field when comparing building products. Manufactures use these templates to create a Declaration of Performance (DoP). The STABU clauses have been built according to the harmonized European Standards. Validation of performances demanded in a specification with product used in the project is now a possibility.

More information on the Construction Product Regulation:

In the background

To create the flexibility needed everything in the background had to be redesigned. A new database, infrastructure and software has been developed in house.

The new system works with an online database on which a user can logon through the end-user software. The online database creates the possibility to update specification clauses on a daily basis to give the professional user the most accurate information possible.


The year 2015 is an important year to prepare the construction industry on the new way of specifying. The support on the STABU2 system will end, that is the turning point for the industry to change their ways and start specifying BIM projects.

The future is here, start using the specification systems for information management.

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