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It is CSI’s recommended organization of information within an individual specification section. The consistency introduced by following SectionFormat promotes. About CSI: The Construction Specifications Institute is a professional association MasterFormat,™ SectionFormat™, PageFormat™, UniFormat™, National. Enter CSC/CSI SectionFormat. SectionFormat subscribes to the theory all requirements found in a specification can be organized into one of.

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SectionFormat assists in the organization of specification sections by establishing a structure consisting of three primary Parts. These Parts organize text consistently within each section.

SectionFormat/ PageFormat. The Recommended Format for Construction Specifications Sections

While this format was developed to assist with the preparation of sections in Divisions 02 through 49, the principles also apply to sections within Division 01 – General Requirements. This edition of SectionFormat is a major update from the previous edition. Modifications of commentary explaining use of titles to increase precision, eliminate conflicts, and better clarify each Article.

Additions relating to sustainability requirements. Terminology options for differences between the United States and Canada, as well as terms used in Standard Contracts. Expanded attachment options, including types other than schedules. Additional headings where appropriate. Provides a standard for locating information within a specification section, Reduces the chance for omissions or duplications in a specification section, Facilitates coordination of project documentation within a Project Manual.

The written construction documents prepared for procuring a construction contract and for constructing a project.

SectionFormat and PageFormat 2008

The Project Manual contains procurement requirements, contract forms, conditions of the contract, and specifications: Contracting requirements as directed by the Owner. May be any one of a number of standard documents published by various professional organizations or provided by the Owner.

A standard category of construction specifications; one of 50 Divisions defined by MasterFormat. Divisions form the framework for project specifications. A portion of a Division that specifies work results. Sections sectonformat included in a Project Manual as needed to meet project requirements. Sections are represented by a MasterFormat Number and Title.

A subject within a Part consisting of one or more related paragraphs and subparagraphs. One or more statements addressing a particular subject.

A component of an Article. One or more sentences related to, and subordinate to, a paragraph or another subparagraph that amplifies the provisions of the paragraph to which it is subordinate. Groups of paragraphs and subparagraphs state requirements under an appropriately titled Article. Organization of Parts, Articles, paragraphs and subparagraphs. Permanent or temporary aspect of a construction project achieved in the production stage or by subsequent alteration, maintenance, or demolition processes, through the application of a particular skill or trade to construction resources.

Describes administrative and procedural requirements unique to the section. Part 1 expands on subjects covered in Division 01, adding information unique to the section. Describes the systems, assemblies, equipment, products, materials, fabrications, and mixes that are to be incorporated into the project.

When a section does not require the use of a Part, the unused Part number and title are included, followed by the words “Not Used,” to clarify that the unused Part has been intentionally omitted. The information within a section is organized into the following hierarchy: Each section contains three Parts. Each Part contains one or more Articles. Each Article contains one or more paragraphs. Each Paragraph may contain subparagraphs as needed. The degree to which information is subdivided depends on the complexity and extent of the section, the nature of the subject being described, and the preferences of the specifier.


The Specifier should select or amend the titles most appropriate for describing the relevant text. SectionFormat Articles are optional and should be included in a section only as required to describe the information being presented.

Just as the extent and complexity of a project will determine the SF. The Article titles sectionforkat provided in a logical hierarchy of detail.

The organization of Article titles is not intended to provide a strict structure within a Part, but simply offer a checklist of possible Articles for consideration. Article titles, such as “Shop Drawings” and “Samples,” may also be used as paragraph titles to improve readability and navigation.

Sectiojformat details of structural members and their relation to adjacent construction B. Large-scale details of members and their relation to adjacent construction 1.

Additional examples illustrating the flexibility of using Article titles at various levels are located in the Appendices located at the end of this document. They must coordinate with the procurement and contracting requirements along with other portions of the contract documents. The requirements described in Part 1 should not duplicate statements that are contained in Division 01 Sections or the Conditions of the Contract.

Each Article should supplement and expand upon the applicable Division 01 Sections and the Conditions of the Contract. Selecting Article and Paragraph titles, and specifying content requires careful consideration. The use of a standardized page format provides an orderly, uniform arrangement of text for each page of any section. PageFormat provides guidelines for establishing margins, line spacing, arrangement, and placement for page headers and footers, page numbering, section numbers and titles, Parts, Articles, Paragraphs, subparagraphs, and cxi End of Section designation.

As defined in Module 3 of the Uniform Drawing System, a schedule is a table of related items “with a heading and a minimum of three columns of related information,” and contains only text. Tables with fewer than three columns of information are legends, keys, indexes, or lists. Tables with fewer than three columns may be placed in line with text in a section.

Schedules may be better located at the end of a section. The related Part ssctionformat include a reference to the attachments. Refer to PageFormat for additional information.

Titles in brackets “[ ]” may be user-defined as necessary. Either of the words directly preceding or following “[OR]” may be used in an Article title. Subordinate titles that may be elevated to primary Article titles.

See Legend on PF. Comments referencing Division 00 and Division 01 coordination requirements are in italics. Section numbers referenced for coordination guidance are not intended to imply sci of the section for a specific project. The specifier should note that while Article titles are shown in a hierarchy of primary titles and subordinate titles, any title may be elevated, demoted, or omitted to suit the requirements of a given topic.

Note also that Article titles may be customized for specific systems, products, materials, and similar items by using user-defined titles. Eectionformat Article permits the reader to assess section content quickly. This Article should not “scope” the section or imply trade jurisdiction; the integrity or completeness of a section does not require its use.

This Article may also be used to identify work or products not included in the section that may be implied sectionfofmat the section title. List significant generic types of products, work results, or requirements specified. These items may relate to objects cdi an information model.


This listing should not include procedures, process, preparatory work, accessories, components, secondary products, or final adjusting and cleaning. Sectionformt terminology with contract requirements. When products are to be “installed by others” outside the contractor installations are “not in contract,” they are considered to be “installed by Owner. Section Summary of Work; Work by Owner where provisions sfctionformat include disposition. Section Owner-Furnished Products where provisions for acquisition may be included.

The list should be limited to documents or sections with specific information that the reader might expect to find in this Section, but is specified elsewhere. For example, if hardware for aluminum entrances is specified in the aluminum entrance section, a cross-reference would sectiofnormat appropriate in the finish hardware section.

The purpose of this crossreferencing is for information only, to aid in finding those other requirements not to define the scope of the section, not to define the scope of contracts or subcontracts, and not to separate work by trade jurisdictions. Cross-referencing csk may also be used to coordinate assemblies or systems whose components may span multiple sections and which must meet certain performance requirements as an assembly or system.

Examples of some assemblies whose components are commonly specified in two or more sections: Intumescent edge seals on doors or door frames that are required for the door assembly to meet positive pressure requirements of UL C; Fire-rated glazing that must be tested with its frame to provide a listed assembly of a given fire resistance. Coordination of the Work is the duty of the Contractor.

If appropriate, state that this Section is affected by the deferred approval procedures described in a Division 01 Section.

References to procedural matters in Division 01 should cs be included here. If the related work is “by Owner,” it would be appropriate to reference Section Summary of Work or Section Work by Owner, where provisions could reference other documents.

BSD – CSI’s 3 Part Section Format

This Article is provided to align with section titles included in MasterFormat. When more than one of the subordinate Article titles is required, use this Article to categorize procedural requirements for price and payment procedures as related to the specific section. When only one of the subordinate titles is required, this Article may be omitted and the subordinate titles used as a primary Article. List products and sectionformta included in the section that is covered by quantity allowances or cash amounts.

State the actual quantity or cash amounts in Division Descriptions of products and execution may be included in the appropriate Articles of Part 2 and Part 3, and should provide information affecting the sectionfkrmat of the work not included under the allowance, e. Include statements about the products and work covered by “Unit Prices” and the method – to be used to measure the quantities.

State estimated quantities in Division Complete technical information for products and execution should be included in appropriate Articles of Part 2 and Part 3. Use, application, and meaning of these terms varies regionally and between the various Standard Contracts. The specifier must determine the appropriate definitions of these terms and coordinate their use in the Project Manual. If the terms are not fully defined in the Standard Contracts, include definitions in “Supplementary Conditions.

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