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Understanding the Basis of Design Method of Naming Products in Specifications

OnDemand Webinar (89 minutes)

Design professionals who prepare specifications face a dilemma with each specification section they write and that is how to name and classify the manufacturers and products around which the specification is constructed. Many specifiers do not understand the various contexts in which manufacturers and products can be named. Also there is a debate about the applicability of the "or equal" clause and a general lack of understanding of the primary methods of specifying.

This on-demand webinar will help design professionals write better specifications because they will have a better understanding of the various ways, reasons, and implications of naming manufacturers and products. The notion of what makes a manufacturer and product "acceptable" will be examined to establish the criteria for making decisions about acceptability. Additionally, design professionals should have a better grasp of when substitutions are required and when they are not, and basic guidelines for approving or disapproving substitutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to define reasons for naming manufacturers and products.
  • You will be able to discuss ways of naming products in specifications.
  • You will be able to review methods of specifying.
  • You will be able to explain the role of substitutions during construction administration.

Authors

Mark Kalin, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, LEED® AP, Kalin Associates Inc. Specifications

Agenda

Reasons and Methods for Naming Manufacturers and Products in Specifications

Ways of Naming Products in Specifications

"Required" - Manufacturer and Product

• Reasons for Using and Implications for Construction

"Acceptable" - Manufacturers and Products

• What Makes a Manufacturer "Acceptable"

• Reasons for Using and Implications for Construction

"Available" - Manufacturers and Products

• What Makes Manufacturers "Available"

• Reasons for Using and Implications for Construction

"No Named" - Manufacturers and Products

• Reasons for Using and Implications for Construction

"Basis of Design" - Manufacturer and Product

• Reasons for Using and Implications for Construction

• Role of Substitutions

• Suggested Language

The "Or Equal" Debate

• Or Approved Equal, or Acceptable Equal

• Naming Only One Manufacturer, Even in a Public-Bid Project

• Keeping Green in Your "Or Equal" Specifications

Methods of Specifying

• Descriptive

• Performance

• Reference Standard

• Proprietary

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