Let’s say you are a design professional tasked with writing CSI 3 part specifications on a project for the first time. Sure, you’ve had 5+ years of experience reading them, but this will be your first time writing a complete project manual, CSI MasterFormat Division 00 to Division 50.
CSI 3 part specifications can be intimidating. Take my word for it, a painting specification that’s 40 pages long, we’ll that seems like 8 hours worth of work between phone calls, client meetings, and current project tasks.
As you start to edit that painting specification, you begin to think, what do I really need to say about paint, right? Why are there 40 pages or even 20 pages on paint? Shouldn’t it be as simple as a paint manufacturer, install per manufacturers instructions or a standard, and reference a schedule? More importantly, what painting contractor is going to read a 20-page specification on paint.
Don’t worry; we at ZeroDocs agree with you. Specifications have gotten way too long, and even experienced Specifiers we talk with say the same thing. CSI 3 part specifications have become overwordy and complicated.
For this reason, we’ve developed SimpleSpecs™ master specification system for commercial and residential projects. A series of editable templates to suit a particular project ranging in length from 1 to 4 pages. Shorter than the traditional specifications you’ve used in the past, but focused on cost and quality to make it easier for the design professional and contractors to read. Following the Construction Specifications Institutes (CSI) 4’C principles of being clear, concise, complete, and correct right out of the gate.
We’ve added a 5th C, which is communication. Using our latest cloud app design firms can store, organize, and track the specification production process. Thus, improving communication on products and specifications to move projects forward.