National Institute of Building Sciences Announces Upcoming Release of COBie v3.0

The release takes place as buildingSMART International begins development of its Asset Operations Handover project

 (WASHINGTON, DC, November 2, 2022) – The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Information Management Council (BIMC) is planning the upcoming release of COBie 3.0, as an update to the Construction to Operations Building information exchange (COBie 2.4) Specification. COBie 3.0 also will be published as an integral part of the upcoming version 4.0 of the National BIM Standard – United States®.

COBie is a U.S. national specification of facility handover requirements based on original research by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. NIBS further developed this specification, which describes the information required for facility operations and maintenance upon completion of a building project relating to the commissioning and handover of building systems and equipment.

“NIBS and the BIMC have collaborated with buildingSMART International for many years to create specifications and standards for the building industry,” says AC Powell, JD, CPS, President and CEO of NIBS. “We are excited about the efforts underway by our COBie Workgroup to create the 3.0 version, which complements and extends our previous work to develop COBie for U.S. agencies, building owners, and facility managers.”

buildingSMART International (bSI) leads the development of industry open standards for information management and data exchange for implementation by software vendors in applications used by architects, engineers, contractors and owners in the design, construction, management and operations of buildings and infrastructure. COBie utilizes both the buildingSMART IFC (Industry Foundation Class) Schema and buildingSMART FM Handover MVD (Model View Definition) under creative commons license from bSI.

“The COBie 3.0 specification defines U.S. industry requirements supported by the IFC schema that will also inform the new Asset Operations Handover project being proposed by bSI,” says Ian Howell, Interim CEO, bSI.  “This new project has two main objectives: to integrate and streamline handover initiatives from around the world and to define a modular framework for asset data exchanges that will support not just buildings but also infrastructure projects including roads, bridges, tunnels, railways and airports.”

The NIBS BIM Council has focused on capturing the requirements of U.S. building owners to document best practices and provide guidance on the adoption of digital technology to increase productivity and performance. Examples include the United States National CAD Standard (NCS), the National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US), Construction to Operations Building information exchange (COBie) Specification, and the U.S. National BIM Program (NBP). For more information on the new COBie 3.0 version, visit the  National BIM Standard U.S. Committees COBie V3 WORKGROUP.

For more information on the Asset Operations Handover project, visit buildingSMART International’s activity proposal.

About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential issues in the built environment. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.

About buildingSMART

buildingSMART International is a vendor-neutral and not for profit body that leads the development of open digital information flows across the built asset industry. Its mission is to proactively support industry participants who want to develop open standards for planning, design, procurement, assembly and operation of buildings and infrastructure worldwide.  Its membership provides an international network of domain experts and its management office provides a rigorous consensus-based process, a technical framework, governance and certification for open standards development and adoption.  bSI’s open standards include the IFC Schema, Model View Definitions (MVD), Information Delivery Specifications (IDS), Information Delivery Manuals (IDM), the buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD), the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) and openCDE APIs.  buildingSMART is also engaged with other international standards bodies such as ISO, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), GS1 and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). For more information, please visit

buildingSMART USA Inc. is a member based 501(c)6 non-profit entity operating as the U.S. Chapter of buildingSMART International.  For more information, please visit