Specifying buildings : a design manangement perspective by Stephen Emmitt; David T Yeomans; Chartered Institute of

By Stephen Emmitt; David T Yeomans; Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

How-to make specification judgements, deal with the method and write the short. entrance conceal; Specifying constructions: A layout administration viewpoint; Copyright web page; Contents; bankruptcy 1 necessities in context; bankruptcy 2 Specifying layout motive; bankruptcy three info resources; bankruptcy four the choice approach; bankruptcy five Writing requisites; bankruptcy 6 dealing with the specification procedure; bankruptcy 7 Specifying 'new' development items; bankruptcy eight changing into conscious of new items; bankruptcy nine tracking the specification of structures; bankruptcy 10 watching specifiers; bankruptcy eleven in the direction of most sensible perform; References; Appendix: Postal questionnaire effects and remark; Index

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In one case the engineer required the use of birch plywood, which would provide the necessary structural performance. The client had also insisted that all timber carried a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate that guaranteed that it came from sustainably managed forests. The carpentry firm making the components, plywood box sections, found a birchfaced plywood that carried the necessary certification and which appeared to be of good quality. Unfortunately, it came from Latvia and was manufactured for the furniture trade.

Since their redesign in 1985, there have been several revisions and additions to the Approved Documents, with a major revision in 1991, and ongoing updates. In their current form, the Approved Documents form a useful aide mémoire and detailed design guide. Standards and Codes of Practice Standards and Codes provide guidance to designers based on best practice and research findings. They are an effective way of bringing research and development to practitioners, thus aiding the adoption of new technology and raising standards of quality.

The use of ‘or equivalent and approved’ can lead to arguments as to whether or not the product is ‘equivalent’ (in practice, some characteristics will be, others will not; hence the arguments). Adding ‘or equal and approved’ is one way of dealing with the anticompetitive badge given to proprietary specifying, but if a specifier has gone to a lot of trouble to select a particular product, to add such wording is to invite substitution and potential problems. Some specifiers use the phrase ‘or similar approved’, which is not the same as ‘or equivalent and approved’ and should be avoided (since this constitutes an open invitation to substitute products which have different properties to those specified).

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