Pitfalls and Minefields of Specification-Writing

Presented by: Cornelius (Kin) Dubois, FAIA, LEED AP

AIA/CES (HSW) Learning Units: 1.0 Hours

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Course release date: January, 2015.

This course will help design firms produce higher quality specifications that respond to the increasing complexity of building projects and that minimize the adverse consequences of poorly-worded or incomplete specifications. Starting with an overview of specification risks and dangers, the presenter provides specific solutions to overcome common challenges that design professionals face when writing design-based, performance-based, propriety or hybrid specifications.

Course takers will:

  • Develop a better understanding of and appreciation for specifications – an often-overlooked part of the Contract Documents;
  • Learn how to craft specifications that achieve design objectives and avoid added costs, delays and disputes;
  • Understand when firms should write specifications themselves, when to retain the expertise of an outside specification writer, and when to rely upon specification language developed by product manufacturers;
  • Learn how architects, engineers and other design professionals can properly train themselves to write a good set of specifications.

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This course qualifies for 1.00 hour (HSW) of approved AIA continuing education credit. (As licensing requirements differ by state, please check with your state licensing board to ensure that this course meets their specific continuing education requirements.)

Course Price: $30 AIA members, $40 non-members

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