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New specification guide published

The BSRIA has teamed up with CIBSE and B&ES to provide a model format for building services specification

Posted by Dave Higgitt | March 17, 2015 | People, policy, politics, money

In the age of BIM and information management, it is easy to forget that a key part of the information used during construction projects is the specification. It is the mechanism for the designers to impart their technical detailed requirements for the engineering services and systems.

A new BSRIA guide, published as a joint venture with CIBSE and B&ES, provides a model format for building services specifications and aims to aid efficiency and understanding for all parties involved in preparing and using specifications. Specifications which are inaccurate can lead to confusion, errors in pricing and can exacerbate difficulties in the commercial and contractual process. Consequently, specifications need to be written in such a way as to be readily understandable by the user. They need to describe what systems are to be provided and how they are intended to be operated once installed.

The guide – ‘Model Format for Building Services Specification’ (BG56/2015) –

provides the general framework covering the arrangement of sections and clauses. Chapters cover 'traditional' specification practices, key points on preparing more effective specifications, model specification formats and an example. Classification has also been included along with the standard numbering to aid comparison with some existing specification preparation tools. A full list of common arrangement of work sections (CAWs) has been included in the appendix in order to help with the alignment of specification to BIM activities as the final pieces of the Government’s level 2 BIM strategy fall into place.

The guide complements ‘Design Framework for Building Services’ (BG6/2014) and is available to buy either as part of a set with this guide (for a 20 percent discount) or individually. Hard copies or PDFs are priced at £40 for non-members or £20 to BSRIA members. BSRIA members can download the PDF version for free.

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