Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify quality requirements applicable to the Work as a whole.
– References standards are utilized through the Project Manual to establish the minimum level of quality required for materials, installation, or both. Reference standards are developed by a third party and incorporated into the construction contract by reference. These standards are non-proprietary and allow the Design Professional to more easily specify materials or procedures than including a full description. For example, a specification on concrete could describe how to manufacture Portland cement, or could simply require that it meet ASTM C150, Type 1.
– References should be included in sections in Divisions 02 through 50 by issuing entity and number or title only, e.g. “ASTM C150.” A listing of abbreviations and acronyms used in SimpleSpecs™ sections is included in Section 01 42 13.
– Listing a standard by number and title is insufficient; the specification must state how that standard applies. For example, “Sand: Meet ASTM C144.”
– The use of references that are not commonly available is discouraged for obvious reasons.
Mockups: Mockups, sometimes referred to as “field samples”, are constructed to illustrate how a particular material or assembly will look and function. They are project-specific, constructed on-site, for review by the Owner and Design Professional. Mockups can be incorporated into the final work or removed at the end of the project. Requirements for size, content, location, and whether or not the mockup can remain must be included in applicable sections.
Testing Laboratory Services:
– A third-party testing and inspection firm may be employed to ensure that the construction meets the specified requirements. Their duties can range from taking and testing samples of materials to visual inspection of construction.
– Either the Owner or Contractor or Construction Manager can employ and pay the costs for the laboratory. If the Owner employs it, there may be less concern that the laboratory can be swayed by the Contractor or Construction Manager since they are paying the invoices.
– Specific test methods and frequencies must be included in applicable specification sections in Divisions 02 through 50.
Related SimpleSpecs™ master specification:
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.