COBie can be used to document product data to support the specification/selection/replacement process. If the client information requirements include managing this process, then the product Types should be given the appropriate Attributes.
There are currently 700 templates available in COBie, HTML, XHTML, IFC and IFCXML formats at “COBie Type Templates”
BuildingSMART UK is in the process of adding UK classifications and the NBS National BIM Library (www.nationalBIMlibrary.com) initiative will be suggesting more UK specific properties. It is envisaged that other professional and trade bodies will review and develop these further.