Volume 40,   Issue 12                      December  2005


MasterFormat 2004 Imposes Change for Construction Firms
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) has published the latest version of its Master Format, a list of standardized numbers and titles for organizing construction bidding and contract requirements, specifications, drawing notes, cost data and building operations by work results. 

Jonathan Schuyler, lead estimator for Giroux Glass in Las Vegas, said he is somewhat familiar with Master Format 2004, but has yet to see the transition. 

“I know it expands the divisions from 16 to 50, which at first appears to be a bit overwhelming, but when you take a deeper look it really simplifies the specifications by opening the door to organization with the new six-digit numbering system in lieu of the five-digit system utilized in the 95 edition,” Schuyler said.
Greg Carney, technical director for the Glass Association of North America, said the new system may take some time to get used to.

“While CSI’s new MasterFormat 2004 will take a little time to adjust to, I don’t believe it will have a major impact on glazing contractors or their suppliers,” said Carney “While there has been a change in the format numbering system … the numbering system revision is simply a change in the format and number of digits.”

As part of MasterFormat 2004, the following sections are those related to glass and glazing: Division 04, masonry, Section 04 23 00, glass unit masonry; Division 08, openings, Section 08 32 00, sliding glass doors, 08 81 00, glass and glazing; Division 00, procurement and contracting requirements, Section 00 50 00, windows.

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