We round-up a range of articles looking at Specification - the supporting document at the heart of a construction project that codifies requirements and expectations.
We summarize the requirements of the CDM Regulations, current fire legislation and HSE guidance, and review the implications for the design and specification of projects.
Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) is a non-proprietary data format for the publication of a subset of building information models (BIM) focused on delivering asset data as distinct from geometric information. Stephen Hamil examines COBie and discusses the role of CAD and master specification systems in creating this data model.
We know that BIM means general change in construction industry working practices; it also means change in specification writing practices by NBS technical authors and for project specifications in general.
There is some confusion amongst specifiers concerning the properties of "exterior grade" plywood. Dr Vic Kearley of TRADA seeks to clarify the situation and outline improvement actions that are underway.