Construction Specifications Writing: Principles and Procedures, 6th Edition
With 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 Uniformat
End-of-chapter questions and specification-writing exercises
Samples of the newly updated construction documents from the AIA
New chapter on sustainable design and specifications for LEED projects
Updated information on the role of specifications in Building Information Modeling (BIM)
1 The Role of Specifications.
Documents for Construction.
2 Relationship between Drawings and Specifications.
What Goes Where.
Coordinating the Design Process.
Considerations for Users of Drawings and Specifications.
3 Organization of Specifications.
History of Construction Specifications Organization.
Organizing Specifications According to Masterformat 2004.
4 The Project Manual and Specifications Sections.
The Project Manual Concept.
Alternative and Supplemental Formats for the Project Manual.
5 Formats for Specification Sections.
Need for Formats for Specification Sections.
6 Types of Specifications.
Methods for Writing Specifications.
7 Specifications Writing Principles.
Determining Content for the Specifications.
8 Bidding Requirements.
Three Basic Bidding Documents.
9 General Conditions of the Contract.
Other Public Agency and Corporate General Conditions.
10 Supplementary Conditions of the Contract.
Guide for Producing Supplementary Conditions.
11 Bonds, Guaranties, and Warranties.
Warranties and Guaranties.
12 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.
14 Specifications Language.
15 Specifications Resources.
Construction Specifications Resources.
Study Questions .
16 Product Selection.
Product Selection Factors.
Substitutions and Product Options.
Communicating and Recording Product Selections.
17 Specifications Writing Procedures.
Order of Sections to Be Produced.
Editing and Writing Specification Text.
18 Master Guide Specifications.
Specification Guides and Intact Masters.
Public Agency Master Guide Specifications.
Commercial Master Guide Specifications.
Office Master Guide Specifications.
19 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).
20 Preliminary Project Description.
Preliminary Project Description.
21 Outline and Shortform Specifications.
Outline versus Shortform Specifications.
Preliminary Project Description (PPD) Versus Outline Specifications.
22 Green Specs/LEED Specs.
Green Project Master Specifications.
23 Building Information Modeling.
Changing Specification Practice.
Standards and Formats for BIM.
Organizing BIM Data.
The Evolving Role of the Specifier.
The Ever-Evolving Specification.
Changing the Specifier’s Workflow.
Appendix A Project Manual Checklist.
Appendix B Sample Division 01 - General Requirements.
Appendix C Sample Preliminary Project Description.
Appendix D Sample Outline Specifications.
Appendix E Sample AIA Documents.
Appendix F Sample EJCDC Documents.
Study Questions: Answers.
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.