Comments on Spec Writers Are Always in the Basement; A Case for Changing Specifications.

Build Blog » Spec Writers Are Always in the Basement; A Case for Changing Specifications. – Build Blog’s perspective on specifications is definitely colored by the types of buildings they design and the process of engaging contractor’s that they choose as a design/build firm. There are definitely benefits to their approach and one that I find familiar in my recent experience in high end residential design.

However as several of the comments bring up, the idea of putting spec information directly on drawings or in schedules tends to break down when addressing public works who require multiple bids and true performance specifications with alternates for all products. Large complex projects have similar obstacles.

That said, in my own work, I find a hybrid approach best. For those products and specifications that require only performance information, a traditional specification is best, however for proprietary products or materials that are integral to the design I like to use a schedule(s) that list out the information in a concise way.

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