ISO 10303-236 is the Standard Application Protocol (AP) for the Exchange of Furniture Product Data, including the representation of furniture catalogs, geometry, expressions for special products, and placement of pieces of furniture into a decoration project. This ISO standard had its origins and main consensus arena within two funStep© CEN/ISSS workshops. These workshops have been a useful tool to get the agreements and achieve the results that have become approved International Standard inside ISO / TC184 / SC4 Industrial Data in 2006.

The architecture of ISO 10303-236 follows a modular approach by dividing the entire information model into reusable components, each defined in a separate application module (AM). This approach provides a clearer definition of each part of the model, which simplifies the adoption process for the standard and allows sharing and reusing the information by different APs.