Glass Fiber Fabrications
Use this CSI 3-part SimpleSpecs™ master to specify glass fiber fabrications including columns, cornices, domes, and other components.
What is it?
Polyester GF fabrications are made using polyester resin, which is a thermosetting plastic. The fabrications are strong, lightweight, and heat resistant. They are also fire resistant. Polyester fiberglass is ideal for columns, cornices, domes, and other architectural applications.
The strength and durability of polyester fiberglass make it ideal for any number of uses in the construction industry.
Why use it?
Because this material is lightweight and sturdy, its ideal for use in architectural projects where weight needs to be kept down while still maintaining strength. Other advantages include:
Durability: The material has a high resistance to corrosion, lightweight, and maintenance-free.
Cost: Compared with other types of materials used for similar purposes (such as concrete), are less expensive and easier to install.
Strength: Pound for pound, fiberglass is stronger than concrete, steel or aluminum.
Learn more about fiberglass at Wiki.
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The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
Easier to Edit
SimpleSpecs™ is written as a series of Microsoft word files that include statements that affect construction costs or overall quality and are far simpler to edit than other master specification systems.
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section is non-proprietary and includes three manufacturers that meet the specified reference standards, descriptive, or performance-based requirements. They are written to allow any listed manufacturers to provide the specified products.
Hidden Guide Text
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section includes hidden text to inform and guide users in editing the specifications to suit project conditions.
SimpleSpecs™ sections are edited using pre-defined options that are contained in [brackets] or by selecting optional text separated by "OR" statements. Paragraph and page numbering are included as automatic codes, eliminating the need to renumber when revisions are made manually. Global changes to headers, footer, terms, font colors and phrases are easily updated using a third-party search and replace software, available through ZeroDocs.com.