Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify glass fiber batt insulation for use in roof, ceiling, wall, and floor assemblies.
Insulation is a flexible insulation that is available in rolls or flat packing. It may be faced or unfaced and is friction fit or mechanically fastened in place.
As a general rule, do not specify faced insulation in an assembly where another vapor retarder is installed.
Applicable building codes may dictate which types of insulation can be used in certain occupancies. Some facings on batt insulation are flammable and may be prohibited. Check the applicable building code.
NFPA 285 is an assembly test that determines the fire hazard characteristics of an entire exterior assembly rather than just the insulation. All materials used in an NFPA 285 assembly must have been tested and approved for use in an NFPA rated assembly.
NFPA 285 – Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components
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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.