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Specifiers' Library Organization and Arrangement of Specs
THE PATH TO SUCCESSFUL CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS

MasterFormat™, Master List of Numbers and Titles for the Construction Industry

  • 2011 Edition (update from 2004/2010 editions)
  • Published by Construction Specifications Institute and Construction Specifications Canada, www.csinet.org
  • Free pdf copy with just the numbers and titles is at www.csinet.org/masterformat.
  • Buy the print publication and CD-ROM on-line.
  • highly recommended Highly recommended

This publication contains a complete list of the Construction Specifications Institute's recommended section numbers and titles, as well as a key word index to aid in finding the appropriate section number. This is one resource that should be on every spec writer's "must-have" list. Very useful if sections that are not in your master are to be added. Also useful for coordinating between disciplines and between portions of the specification prepared by different consultants.

The editions from 2004 on are similar but a significant departure from the 1995 (previous) edition. There is still a lot of grumbling and gnashing of teeth (if not hysteria) over changing specs to Masterformat 2004+. In the U.S., BSD SpecLink@reg;-E and all the other commercial specification services and major information brokers in the construction industry have implemented the 2004+ edition.

CSI UniFormat™, A Uniform Classification of Construction Systems and Assemblies

  • 1998 edition
  • Construction Specifications Institute and Construction Specifications Canada, www.csinet.org

This publication contains an organizational scheme for building elements -- the parts of the building -- without regard to what products they are made out of. Useful for organizing early design narratives and similar descriptions of the building. It is also commonly used to organize cost estimates and might be referred to as the "flip side" of MasterFormat.

ASTM E 1557, Standard Classification of Building Elements and Related Sitework - UniFormat II, 2005 edition, from ASTM International, www.astm.org is almost identical to CSI's UniFormat™, without a suggested numbering scheme and with different commentary.

PerSpective referenced document The performance/design criteria specifications portion of BSD SpecLink is organized generally according to UniFormat.

SectionFormat™

  • .... edition (currently under review for new publication Summer 2007)
  • Construction Specifications Institute and Construction Specifications Canada, www.csinet.org
  • Order on-line.
  • highly recommended Highly recommended

This publication is CSI/CSC's recommended organization of information within an individual specification section. The consistency introduced by following SectionFormat promotes readability, reduces omissions by the writer, and helps readers (i.e. bidders) avoid overlooking essential requirements.

SpecLink referenced document SpecLink's construction specifications follow SectionFormat.

PageFormat™

  • .... edition (currently under review for new publication Summer 2007)
  • Construction Specifications Institute and Construction Specifications Canada, www.csinet.org
  • Order on-line.
  • highly recommended Highly recommended

This publication describes CSI/CSC's recommended page layout and paragraph numbering scheme, designed to promote readability of specification documents.

SpecLink referenced document One of the 4 built-in page formatting options in SpecLink is the CSI/CSC PageFormat.

EJCDC 1910-16, "Uniform Location of Subject Matter"

  • 2012 edition
  • Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee

The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) have updated the guidance document Uniform Location of Subject Matter ULSM. (EJCDC N-122, 2012, AIA Document A521™-2012)

The ULSM provides a comprehensive list of the subjects covered in typical construction documents and recommends where each subject should be addressed. This topical arrangement is followed carefully by EJCDC in the preparation of its standard forms.

The ULSM is useful to construction contract drafters (owners, construction managers, attorneys, architects, engineers, contractors) not only for determining the recommended location of a subject, but also as a checklist of key topics to be addressed.

Download your free copy from NSPE.

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