A Script for Specifications - in 3 Acts

Writing is the easy part. Knowing what to write is another story.

Benefits of Volunteering

There are many activities vying for everyone's time, and there are many reasons for selecting the activities in which to participate. Then there are priorities: family, friends, work, and more. With all the opportunities for spending the little time we..

The Times They Are A-Changin'

Ira Bloomenthal's CONSTRUCT2013 keynote address slide

SPECtember - Value Certified Construction Specifiers

This month the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will hold its annual convention and the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP) will hold its annual meeting, both in conjunction with CONSTRUCT, an annual educational seminar..

Collecting Data - An Art and Skill

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What's a Specifier?

A spec writer? Of course you know what a spec writer is. Spec writers produce the project manual. They create all the project requirements for the materials, products and systems the design team selects. That's right.

Communication - The Heart of Specifications

Just who are specifications written for? The Architect? The Owner? Neither! In order of importance, I profess that specifications are written for the benefit of:

Practical Learning You Can Put to Use Today

The CSI Academies brought expert instructors and students together, a total of about 140 individuals, for 13 hours of advanced education and learning over 3 days. The program was arranged in three tracks: Construction Specifier, Product Representative,..

Why are Specs So Long?

It seems a relatively simple building. There are only 50 drawings. So why are the specifications 800 pages? It does seem absurd. Let's take a critical look to see if there is a better way.

Need Information? Develop Your Network!

Last week I was reminded just how valuable good relationships are. A trusted product representative scheduled a meeting with us to explain recent product developments forced by building code changes.

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