NRM 2: Detailed measurement for building works

The RICS new rules of measurement (NRM) is a suite of documents issued by the RICS Quantity Surveying and Construction Professional Group.

The rules have been written to provide a standard set of measurement rules that are understandable by all those involved in a construction project. They provide advice and best practice guidance to RICS members involved in the cost management of construction projects worldwide.

This volume, NRM 2: Detailed measurement for building works, provides detailed rules for the measurement and description of building works for the purpose of obtaining tender prices. The rules address all aspects of bill of quantities production, including setting out the information required from the employer and other construction consultants to enable a bill of quantities to be prepared, as well as dealing with the quantification of non-measurable work items, contractor designed works and risks.

Guidance is also provided on the content, structure and format of bill of quantities, as well as the benefits and uses of bill of quantities.

Moreover, the rules can be used for bill of quantities for both main contract works and for discrete work packages – including separate preliminaries for both.

Although written primarily for the preparation of bill of quantities and quantified schedules of works, the rules will be invaluable when designing and developing standard or bespoke schedules of rates, or other quantity-based pricing document.

These rules provide essential guidance to all those involved in the preparation of bill of quantities, quantified schedules of works, schedules of rates and similar pricing documents, as well as those who wish to be better informed about the purpose, use and benefits of adopting detailed measurement of their cost control procedures.

The RICS new rules of measurement are based on UK practice but the requirements for a coordinated set of rules and underlying philosophy behind each volume have worldwide application.