Construction Specifications provide critical information necessary to convey the design intent of the Architect and the legally enforceable contract requirements. Many factors must be considered by the Architect in the development of written construction documents, including project delivery method, project ownership, sustainability, and code requirements.
This companion guide to the 2013 AIA National Convention Presentation “Architect’s Guide to Construction Specifications” provides excerpts from important industry publications regarding the preparation of construction documents. Material was carefully selected from the following books:
- CSI Construction Specifications Practice Guide
- Architect’s Guide to the US National CAD Standard
- CSI Construction Contract Administration Practice Guide
- Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice 14e
Additional excerpts have been provided from CSI Formats to provide an overview of organizational standards for Specifications including:
Added material includes examples for comment document types, which can also be used as templates: Outline Specification; Short Form Specification; Certification and Seals Page; and Addendum
This e-only book is an essential companion to the presentation or can stand alone as a necessary reference providing users ready access to key understanding of the methods of specifying; organizing structures for building information; and other components that should be considered in the preparation of a project manual.
Keywords: Professional Practice