Most technical specification template sections are available through software programs, but what if a template does not exist for a particular product or assembly? The following article outlines some of the steps to take when creating a spec from scratch.
Earlier this month, the Concrete Polishing Council (CPC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) released a revision to Bonded Abrasive Polished Concrete Specification. The document was updated because the original specification did not meet standard terminology or layout.
CSI and CSC have announced the 10-year renewal of an agreement to license and support MasterFormat in the United States, Canada, and worldwide. MasterFormat is used throughout the building industry to format specifications for construction contract documents.
While MasterFormat is the industry standard for organizing specifications for commercial projects, there are category exceptions specifiers, general contractors, and others should know about when using the CSI formats in the specification process. A change has recently been enacted that adds another subcategory to Section 08 54 00–Composite Windows. As of September 16, 2016, products made out of vinyl and wood must use the spec group 08 54 73, making them a different grade than a thermoset composite. Fiberglass thermoset products remain in the original composite category, Section 08 54 13–Fiberglass Windows.
You are at the checkout of the big-box store, purchasing an item of consumer electronics worth about $200. As the sales clerk runs your credit card for the purchase, he asks in a bored tone, “Would you like to purchase an extended warranty for this?”