Specifier's Library - General Requirements

Succeeding with Substitution Requests
For product sales representatives, the key to getting products included in specifications during the Procurement (Bidding) Phase is understanding the substitution process and having a product that meets the specifications.

Specs Are Important
Specifications are important regardless the size, scope, complexity, and dollar value of the construction project. Construction contracts, according to AIA standards, consist of the agreement, the conditions, drawings, AND specifications.

Warranty & Correction Period
Just because a manufacturer offers a warranty, are you certain the specifications should require the warranty? There are many factors to consider that affect the Owner's rights and remedies for correcting work completed under a construction contract. Before specifying a warranty, understand its potential impact.

What's Wrong With This Picture
We have all seen examples of this type of construction - to put it nicely - faux pas. Typically, once this type of error is discovered, the A/E blames the Contractor for installing the item in a manner that was obviously not intended; and the Contractor responds by blaming the A/E for designing it improperly to begin with and then expecting the Contractor to know what the A/E "intended."

There are 4 steps that can be taken to help prevent "silly" mistakes from occurring on construction projects: Quality Assurance Reviews, Shop Drawing Reviews, Coordination Drawing Reviews, and Preinstallation Coordination Meetings.