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 explore substitution, the use of 'or equal' and its ilk, and 'deemed-to-comply' specifications, and make a few suggestions.
Ian Chapman, Head of Specification at NBS, explains the features of Create in the launch version for building services engineers.
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.
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"?
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.
John Gelder explores the contents of some early English-language works on specifying, published between 1840 and 1940.
We look at the benefits and characteristics of master specification documents.
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.
There is a veritable rainbow of standards for the generic specification of colour. John Gelder, Content development manager, looks for the pot of gold.