Construction Product Requirements for Design/Build
Use this CSI 3-part SimpleSpecs™ to specify general construction product requirements for design/build projects, applicable to all products specified in Divisions 02 through 50.
General Product Requirements:
This section specifies statements to specify the general requirements applicable to all products. Eliminating the need to repeat the statements in each section in Divisions 02 through 50.
– The terms used in this article coordinate throughout the SimpleSpecs™ Master Specifications system. They provide multiple ways in which to specify products and make the process of reviewing substitutions easier.
– In SimpleSpecs™ the terms “or equal” and “or approved equal” are not used. “Or equal” does not require that the Design Professional review the alternate product that the Subcontractor wishes to use.
– “or approved equal” does imply a requirement for review, it can still be problematic. While simple products make have exact equals, a more complex product like a light fixture may be a patented product for which there is no equal.
The product options used in this section should be used uniformly throughout all sections to ensure product options requirements are clear.
Related SimpleSpecs™ master specifications:
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.