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Writing Construction Specifications

Master the art of writing construction specifications with the techniques provided by a master in the field.

The demand in design firms for construction specification writers has never been greater. Specification writers must master the techniques for product selection, organizing the project manual, coordinating drawings and specifications, integrating engineering specifications and more. As few colleges teach specifications, the specification writer learns their craft in design firms with a mentor, and within the ever-increasing pace of project design and construction. This topic is intended to cover the basics of specification writing based on our 30 years of active experience on more than 3,500 projects. We identify key issues with a look to the future, as LEED® and BIM require more precision within specifications than ever before.

Runtime: 86 minutes
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Agenda

The Role of Specifications in the Construction Process

  • The Value of Construction Specifications
  • Types of Specifications - Sheetspecs, Outline, Short-Form, Full
  • Who Writes Specifications and When?

The CSI Project Manual Approach to Specifications

  • The New CSI MasterFormat 2016, SectionFormat and PageFormat
  • Bidding Requirements, General Conditions and General Requirements
  • Architectural vs. Engineering Specifications

Common Issues in Specification Preparation

  • Product Selection vs. Specification Writing
  • Performance vs. Proprietary Specifications
  • Use of Reference Standards and Association Standards
  • Clear, Concise and Correct Language

Streamlining Specification Writing

  • Specification Checklists
  • Master Specification Systems
  • Office Master Specifications
  • Sources for Specifications On-Line

The Future of Specification Writing

  • Green Specs/LEED® Specs
  • Building Information Modeling and Specifications
  • The Specifier as Knowledge Manager
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Mark Kalin, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, LEED® AP

Mark Kalin, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, LEED® AP

Kalin Associates Inc. Specifications

  • President with Kalin Associates Inc. Specifications
  • Founded in 1984, the firm has prepared specifications for more than 3,500 projects, including more than 200 projects seeking USGBC LEED® certification
  • Registered architect, CSI certified construction specifier, USGBC LEED® accredited professional
  • Past-national technical committee chairman, Construction Specifications Institute
  • Instructor, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Co-wrote, Construction Specifications Writing, Sixth Edition, 2010 published by Wiley
  • Past-president, Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP)
  • Past-chair, AIA Masterspec Review Committee
  • Wrote, Kalin Associates Master Short-Form Specifications, and BIMspec Specifiers’ Property Sets
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or www.kalinassociates.com
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Product ID: 397933
Published 2016
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