Specification Examples

Highlighting some of the most common cases where specifications can be improved

Errors in construction specifications lead to lost time and money for all parties involved. Errors can occur due to references to outdated standards, contradictory/conflicting requirements throughout a specification, general omissions of important information, or a misunderstanding of what is present in masonry standards. The following are examples of some of the typical issues the CMDC engineering staff have encountered. The purpose of these pages are to provide a general resource to help inform mason contractors, specification writers, architects, engineers, and masonry designers in general on what types of specifications can often lead to issues on a masonry job.

Presented below are linked examples of poorly written specifications and/or structural notes. For each example, provided is a brief discussion covering typical issues along with some general recommendations on the proper language that could be used to remedy the issue.

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Each page includes full description of the topics seen listed below, which includes:

  • How the specification typically appears
  • Discussion points explaining any possible issues with the specification
  • Suggested changes to the specification
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CMDC is available to answer any design or construction questions for designers or our contractor members. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are looking at a specification that is raising some questions or you are looking to specify something in your design and want to ensure that the way it is written in a way that is clear and reflects the codes and standards that are being used for your project

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