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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.

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As part of the series of BITESized talks at the RIBA Village auditorium at Ecobuild 2013, Clair Hillier of RIBA Enterprises discusses intelligent proprietary specification.

01 November 2011 | by

Ian Chapman, Head of Specification at NBS, explains the features of Create in the launch version for building services engineers.

01 November 2011 | by

We explore substitution, the use of 'or equal' and its ilk, and 'deemed-to-comply' specifications, and make a few suggestions.

01 September 2011 | by
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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.

01 March 2011 | by

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.

01 December 2010 | by

NBS publishes a range of products for specification of building work. A question that is often asked is "which version of NBS should I use to specify a small (or medium, or large) building that I am designing"?

01 August 2010 | by

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.

01 August 2008 | by

John Gelder explores the contents of some early English-language works on specifying, published between 1840 and 1940.

01 June 2007 | by

We look at the benefits and characteristics of master specification documents.

10 January 2007 | by

Like Nero's Domus Aurea, little remains of Ian McGlinn's Maison d'Or – though a legal (rather than archaeological) legacy lives on. John Gelder looks at what this legacy tells us about specification.

01 May 2005 | by

There is a veritable rainbow of standards for the generic specification of colour. John Gelder, Content development manager, looks for the pot of gold.

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