When you are documenting for tender of a small project, say under $1M or $2M, we have suggestions for you to consider on how you might cover your specification obligations for this project.
A method we suggest includes the following components:
The rationale for this suggested method is that generally in small projects, the Builders usually work from and only want to use the drawings and a list of materials etc. that are in the work. In this arrangement, the “Reference Specification” is there as a safety net in the background, if it should arise that there is any dispute over quality of materials or workmanship or applicable Standards.
Everything that you know and which is unique about the project should be included either on the Drawings or the Schedule document. If you think it matters, put it in.
The “Schedule” can be tabular in format or in paragraphs or a combination of the two.
There will also, of course, be a Building Contract, in the schedule of which the documentation components should be listed.
Natspec Simple Domestic is available from Natspec in either hard copy or pdf. Though a bit hard to find, the order form is on their subscribe page at: http://www.natspec.com.au/products/subscribe
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[This article are intended for general education for consideration by architects only, subject to their professional’s judgement. It is not professional advice.]