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The RICS quantity surveying and construction professional group research into the problems associated with the measurement of building works at all stages of the design and construction process has come to the conclusion that significant improvements were required. The result is the RICS new rules of measurement - nrm which are a suite of documents issued by the RICS Quantity Surveying and Construction Professional Group. These have been developed to provide a standard set of measurement rules that are understandable to all those involved in a construction project. The rules aim to take a cradle-to-grave approach to the procurement of construction projects, and include cost estimating, works procurement and post-construction procurement. nrm2 replaces the Standard Method of Measurement for building Works ('SMM') which were first published by RICS in 1922 with the latest edition being SMM7, published in 1988.
The RICS have stated that nrm2 will become operative on the 1st January 2013 or earlier although it is likely that many will continue to use smm7.

Laxton's Publishing Limited has released the LAXTON'S nrm Building Price Book since 2013.

Laxton's Publishing Limited has also released a matching LAXTON'S smm Building Price Book.

In addition Laxton's Publishing Limited has now released both books as fully bookmarked PDFs on CDs.

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Volume 2 of the RICS nrm standard defines and tabulates 41 works sections, the new LAXTON'S nrm edition's works sections are designed to follow these nrm2 sections.

RICS define the 41 works sections as follows:

  1   Preliminaries
  2   Off site manufactured materials, components and buildings
  3   Demolitions
  4   Alterations, repairs and conservation
  5   Excavation and filling
  6   Ground remediation and soil stabilisation
  7   Piling
  8   Underpinning
  9   Diaphragm walls and embedded retaining walls
10   Crib walls gabions and reinforced earth
11   In-situ concrete works
12   Precast/composite concrete
13   Precast concrete
14   Masonry
15   Structural metalwork
16   Carpentry
17   Sheet roof coverings
18   Tile and slate roof and wall coverings
19   Waterproofing
20   Proprietary linings and partitions
21   Cladding and covering
22   General joinery
23   Windows, screens and lights
24   Doors, shutters and hatches
25   Stairs, walkways and balustrates
26   Metalwork
27   Glazing
28   Floor, wall, ceiling and roof finishings
29   Decoration
30   Suspended ceilings
31   Insulation, fire stopping and fire protection
32   Furniture, fittings and equipment
33   Drainage above ground
34   Drainage below ground
35   Site works
36   Fencing
37   Soft landscaping
38   Mechanical services
39   Electrical services
40   Transportation
41   Builders work in connection with mechanical, electrical and transportation installations

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