What Do The Specifications Look Like?

Hobbs + Associates provide specifications that include a Cover, Contents list, and each of the trade Specifications.

Each specification is arranged under a consistent set of Section headings, though not all are necessarily used in each specification:

  1. General: Scope, References, Warranty, etc.
  2. Quality: Submissions, Inspections, Samples, etc.
  3. Design and Performance: Such as Design requirements. Fire requirements
  4. Installations and Assemblies: Such as Ceiling assemblies, Shade structure assemblies
  5. Materials and Components: In larger specs, may be grouped for clarity as in the example
  6. Execution: For the construction and installation requirements

The specifications we prepare are published and issued in two sets: as a single pdf file set and as a set of separate pdf files (in a zip file).

  • The single file format can be easily explored using the Ctl-F search function on any keyword or phrase.
  • The multi-file format is useful for distribution by a contractor to subbies or for uploading to a portal such as Aconex.

Each trade specification is a separate controllable document, each with a revision block and history – just like a drawing sheet.

Each page of each specification can be uniquely identified using the data in the header of each page.

We refer to each trade specification as a separate “Specification”, and the collection as a Set. This is comparable to references to a “drawing” and to a “set of drawings”.

Specifications are usually numbered following the classifications published by Natspec or Masterformat. Of these our preference is to use the Masterformat classification which we find more flexible and comprehensive, but we can use the Natspec numbering when you prefer.

When required for the project, the specifications can be provided with unique document or file numbers to match the project scheme.

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