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The Construction Information Service (CIS)

Master your projects with one-stop, definitive construction information

Developed by IHS Markit and NBS, the Construction Information Service (CIS) is an online tool to quickly access current regulations, construction standards, technical advice and industry news on building, engineering, design and construction processes in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Updated weekly, the CIS offers a powerful search engine to find authoritative information for every stage of the construction lifecycle from design and completion to operation and ongoing use. Easy-to-use search filters allow you to query 26,000+ documents – including full text copies of British standards, CIBSE documents, and technical data – from 500+ publishers and more.

Subscribe to the CIS today to:

  • Ensure design compliance and sustainability
  • Innovate designs and construction methods
  • Support construction lifecycle from start to completion
  • Complete projects accurately and on time
  • Keep pace with new technological advances
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CIS Features

Recently redeveloped, CIS now provides even quicker, easier access to your content on PC, tablet or smart phone.

  • A new graphical layout providing improved content transparency
  • Project folders to help you organize and manage your documents
  • Automatic weekly updates to content
  • Automated document change alerts to keep you up to date
  • Increased amount of BIM (building information modeling) content
  • Customized user interface – Set preferences, save key searches and store documents
  • NBS – Link from CIS to NBS Specification products to ensure your specifications are thorough
  • Specify-it – Link to our collection of UK construction catalogs, equipment information and CAD drawings
  • Engineer-It reference materials online – Search our database of 1.8 million+ product pages and 85,000+ product catalogues from manufacturers in the UK and abroad.
  • Eurocode Conformance – Access the widest set of Eurocodes, UK National Annexes and Non-contradictory Complimentary Information (NCCI) material in a single service
  • Other publications – Enjoy direct online access to The Architects’ Journal
  • Comprehensive coverage of healthcare building and construction information, including NHS Model Engineering Specification – An invaluable source for healthcare estates management
  • Subject guides, briefings, news, reviews, technical information and guidance publications for English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish regulations (Irish Agrément Board, RIAI, Building Research Establishment, Institution of Structural Engineers and the RIBA)
  • IHS Markit helpline support and training – Access help at every step of the way with comprehensive user assistance and training tailored to meet your company’s needs
  • Operating requirements – Any modern internet browser from Internet Explorer 9 upwards, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The service is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista or XP (32-bit)

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The CIS Supplements

CIS content is organized into seven fully searchable supplements based on workflows or research areas. Subscribers receive a core supplement, with the choice of an additional six supplements to suit project requirements.


Key documents cited in the UK Building Regulations Approved Documents (where possible) and critical technical standards and booklets.

Example Documents/Publishers
  • Building Regulations
  • Eurocodes
  • National Annexes
  • Select NCCI material
  • BRE, HTM and HBN’s British Standards
  • Specimen contract documents
Design & Building

Documents that assist complex building and landscape design; nonstatutory guidance documents that complement those in the Core covering statutory aspects of design (e.g., fire, building and energy conservation); critical publications and information from industry partners and building interior design.

Example Documents/Publishers
  • BSI
  • BRE
  • SCI
  • NHBC
  • AJs
  • TRL
Planning & Development

Critical publications and industry partner information, including guidance, legislation, circulars, advice notes and statistics for those involved in sustainable development and management, environmental planning, climate change, town and country planning, developing sustainable communities, biodiversity and conservation.

Example Documents/Publishers
  • BRE
  • SCI
  • IStructE
Construction Management

Documents on construction procurement, design management, managing construction quality, operational maintenance, contractual claims and disputes, project management, cost and value management, and critical publications and information from industry partners not available from any other online service.

Example Documents/Publishers
  • BSI
  • BRE
  • CIOB
  • IStructE
Civil & Structural

Detailed coverage of complex structural design, repair and maintenance for civil and structural engineers, contractors and design team members responsible for design and detailing.

Example Documents/Publishers
  • Concrete Society
  • BSI
  • SCI
  • IStructE
Mechanical & Electrical

Documents on building electrical services, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, energy production and distribution, building mechanical services, environmental impact, critical publications and information from industry partners.

Example Documents/Publishers
  • BSI
  • HVCA
British Standards Extra

Standards that might not be critical for the majority of subscribers, but that would be highly desirable to see in order to eliminate their detailed implementation in design and construction operations.

Example Documents/Publishers
  • BSI

Is CIS right for you?

85% of the UK's top 100 engineers, 96% of its top 100 architects, and 87% of its top 100 consultants are customers of IHS Markit.

Who uses CIS? To access technical information on key subjects
Architects/Architectural Technicians/ Landscape Architects/Urban Designers
  • Building Regulations
  • Construction standards
  • Eurocodes
  • Contract law and management
  • Planning law
  • Design guidance
  • Accessibility
  • Materials
  • Brownfield sites and green roofs
  • Biomass and energy saving
Building Control
Building Control Officers /Inspectors/Surveyors/Managers
  • Building Regulations
  • Appeals and determination letters
  • CDM regulations
  • Accessibility
  • Planning
  • Health and safety and security
  • Building techniques
  • Demolition
  • Site investigations
  • Material performance
  • Sustainability
Civil & Structural Engineering
Civil Engineers/Asset Engineers/Development Control Engineers/Project Engineers/Structural Engineers/Building Services Engineers/ Infrastructural Engineers/Transport & Traffic Engineers/Geotechnical Engineers/Steelwork Engineers
  • Vibration, loading and stress
  • Material performance (e.g. concrete, steel and timber)
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Cost and project management
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Project and tender management
  • Sustainability
  • Highways
  • Construction methods
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineers/ Electrical Engineer/ Manufacturing Systems Engineers/Control and Instrumentation Engineers/Technical Engineers/ Maintenance Engineers
  • Energy use and conservation
  • Health and safety
  • Compliance and testing
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Waste disposal and drainage
  • Building management systems
  • Fire precautions
  • Gas installation
  • Public health engineering
Building Surveyors/Conservation Surveyors/ Party Wall Surveyors/Environmental Engineering Surveyors
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Accessibility
  • Party wall
  • Project management
  • Brownfield sites
  • Risk assessment
  • Planning
  • Asbestos
  • Schedules of condition and dilapidation
  • Sustainability
  • Property maintenance management
Building Contracting
Building Contractors/Assemblers/ Sub-Contractors/ Contract Managers
  • Tendering
  • Planning
  • Contracts
  • Design and build
  • Site safety
  • Project management
  • Quantity surveying
  • Contract law
  • Procurement

CIS Advertising Opportunities

Product and service providers can reach more than 96% of architects, 90% of consultants, and 69% of contractors and house builders in the UK by advertising in the CIS. Contact UK Customer Care number: +44 (0) 1344 328 300 or Subscribe to Marketing Solutions.


“At the end of the day, we found The Construction Information Service easier to work with, the other system was somewhat limited.”

– Michael Haste, Architect and Director, Pascall+Watson Architects Ltd.

“Our people can check products before they’re ordered, whether it’s a manufacturer catalogue, CAD drawings or finding a local supply chain. The level of detail of construction data that’s readily available… makes this tool very valuable.”

– Rumana Shaukat, Quality Delivery Manager, Willmott Dixon

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