MasterFormat and Master Spec

April 5, 2012

Q: I’m looking for a specifications template using the latest master format or master spec. I’m not sure which one to use or where to find it. Any suggestions?

A: A lot of people get confused over MasterFormat and Master Spec. The MasterFormat is a product from the Construction Specifications Institute that is the industry standard numbering sequence used to categorize building materials and work results used in a specifications manual. Master Spec is a product of ARCOM which is a private company that uses the latest version of MasterFormat to create a series of model specifications that you can purchase.

ARCOM now allows you to purchase individual sections rather than having to buy the entire manual. This makes ordering our typical division 27 and 28 specs much more affordable.

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