Construction Specifications Writing: Principles and Procedures / Edition 4

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Next to technical references and a computer, the specifier's most valuable tool . . .

A familiarity with the physical and chemical properties of materials, advanced construction techniques as well as the legal requirements, contract forms, and warranty provisions of specifications is essential to a specifier's task. Integrating these into a clearly written, accurate project plan that everyone can understand and use makes the specifier the key critical to a construction project's success.

This newest edition of the comprehensive rulebook to the specifier's craft, Construction Specifications Writing has been updated to reflect the latest industry standards (including those from the AIA and CSI) as well as recent changes in computerized specifications, such as expert systems and database management. Yet the practical core of the book, its project-tested guidelines for creating specifications, continues to offer solid advice on every aspect of the process—Principles, Bidding Procedures, Conditions of the Contract, and Procedures (including how to select the right vocabulary and actually write specifications)—as well as how to organize and rank its various phases. A project manual checklist also provides a blueprint of the entire specification process ensuring that all requirements are fulfilled. The book also includes tips on using the CSI Masterformat; master texts from the U.S. military, NASA, federal civilian agencies, and the National Institute of Building Sciences; as well as end-of-chapter test questions.

Still the most practical desktop tool a professional can own, this Fourth Edition of Construction Specifications Writing will help the architect, engineer, or project specifier create a construction project plan that is clearly written, up to standard—and feasible.

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New edition of a text designed for architects and engineers. The author looks at the role of specifications in the modern workplace, the relationship between drawings and specifications, types of specifications, systems building and performance specifications, bidding procedures, contract issues, specification reference sources, computerized specifications, and master texts. The inclusion of many sample documents, EJCDC codes and conditions, and sample forms make the work a useful reference. Appends a sample preliminary specification for a hospital, a project manual checklist, and answers to the study questions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471190325
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

HAROLD J. ROSEN, PE, FCSI, is the former chief specifications writer at Skidmore Owings & Merrill in New York and is a fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute.
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Table of Contents


The Role of the Specifications.

Relationship between Drawings and Specifications.

Organization of Specifications.

Concept of the Technical Section.

Arrangement of the Technical Section.

Types of Specifications.

Systems Building and Performance Specifications.

Specifications Writing Techniques.


Bidding Requirements.

Bonds, Guarantees, Warranties.


General Conditions and Supplements.


General Requirements.

Specifying Materials.

Specification Language.

Specification Reference Sources.

Materials Evaluation.

Specifications Writing Procedures.

Computerized Specifications.

Master Texts and Systems.

Physical Format and Style.



Answers to Study Questions.


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