Construction Specifications Writing : Principles and Procedures

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-26
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Updated edition of the comprehensive rulebook to the specifier's craftWith this latest update, Construction Specifications Writing, Sixth Edition continues to claim distinction as the foremost text on construction specifications. This mainstay in the field offers comprehensive, practical, and professional guidance to understanding the purposes and processes for preparation of construction specifications.This new edition uses real-world document examples that reflect current writing practices shaped by the well-established principles and requirements of major professional associations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Also included are guidelines for correct terminology, product selection, organization of specifications according to recognized CSI formats, and practical techniques for document production. Fully revised throughout, this Sixth Edition includes:Updates to MasterFormat 2004, as well as SectionFormat/PageFormat 2007 and UniformatEnd-of-chapter questions and specification-writing exercisesSamples of the newly updated construction documents from the AIANew chapter on sustainable design and specifications for LEED projectsUpdated information on the role of specifications in Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Author Biography

Harold J. Rosen, PD, Hon. CSI, CCS, is retired after an illustrious career as a construction specifications writer, which includes serving as a chief of specification for the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and as an independent specifications writer. He was awarded the highest honor by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) by being named an Honorary Member in recognition for his many decades of pioneering work on formats and practices for construction specifications writing.

Robert S. Weygant, CSI, CDT, SCIP, is owner of Sumex Design, a BIM consulting and development firm located in New Hampshire. He is focused on development of BIM components for manufactured products and systems while promoting the use of new interoperability standards, the integral link between BIM and construction documentation. He has been the national chair of the BIM Practice Group for CSI and a member of the Institute Technical Committee.

Mark Kalin, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED AP, is President of Kalin Associates, an independent specification consulting firm in the Boston area. He has been the national chair of the Sustainable Facilities Practice Group of the CSI and president of Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP). For the AIA, Mark has served as chair of the MasterSpec Review Committee, and the Specifications Professional Interest Area. For CSI, he has been president of the Boston Chapter and now serves on the national CSI Technical Committee. He has also taught a course on specifications writing at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

John R. Regener Jr., SAIA, CCS, CCCA, CSI, SCIP, is an architect and independent specifications writer in Irvine, California, with thirty-five years of experience in producing and applying construction contract documents for commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential projects. Active in CSI education programs and leadership, he is a national leader in SCIP.

Table of Contents

The Role of Specifications
Documents for Construction
Bidding Documents
Contract Documents
Relationship Between Drawings and Specifications
What Goes Where
The Drawings
The Specifications
Coordinating the Design Process
Considerations for Users of Drawings and Specifications
Organization of Specifications
History of Specification Organization
Organizing Specifications Divisions and Sections
CSI/CSC MasterFormat
Using MasterFormat
The Project Manual and Specification Sections
The Project Manual Concept
Formats for Specification Sections
Need for Formats for Specification Sections
Types of Specifications
Methods for Writing Specifications
Specifications Writing Principles
Determining Content for the Specifications
Bidding Requirements
Three Basic Bidding Documents
General Conditions of the Contract
Contractual Relationships
Supplementary Conditions of the Contract
Supplementary Conditions
Guide for Supplementary Conditions
Bonds, Guarantees, and Warranties
Guarantees and Warranties
Division 01 - General Requirements
Scope of Division 01
Relationship of Division 01 Sections to Other Documents
Writing Division 01 Sections
Modifications to Bidding and Contract Documents
Specifications Language
General Precepts
Specification Resources
Construction Specification Resources
Products Selection
Product Selection Factors
Mandated Requirements
Design Criteria
Substitutions and Product Options
Communicating and Recording Product Selections
Specifications Writing Procedures
Getting Started
Product Selections
Project Information
Specifications Format
Specifying Method
Specifications Detail
Order of Sections to Be Produced
Editing and Writing Specification Text
Specifications Checklists
Master Guide Specifications
Specification Guides and Intact Masters
Public Agency Master Guide Specifications
Commercial Master Guide Specifications
Office Master Guide Specifications
Computer-Assisted Specifications
The First Four Decades of Automation
Transforming the Specification Process
Word Processing Software
Computers and Peripheral Equipment
Word Processing Enhancements for Specifications
Knowledge-Based, Computer-Assisted Specifications
Specifiers Property Sets (SPie)
Preliminary Project Description
Preliminary Project Description
Computer-Assisted PPDs
Outline and Shortform Specifications
Outline versus Shortform Specifications
Outline Specifications
Shortform Specifications
Green Specs / LEED Specs
Sustainable Design
LEED Specifications
Green Products
Green Project Master Specifications
Building Information Modeling
Changing Specification Practice
Standards and Formats for BIM
Organizing BIM Data
Process Automation
The Evolving Role of the Specifier
The Ever-Evolving Specification
Changing the Specifier's Workflow
Project Manual Checklist
Sample Division 01 - General Requirements
Sample Preliminary Project Description
Sample Outline Specifications
Sample AIA Documents
Sample EJCDC Documents
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