Design professionals today must produce construction documents of unprecedented breadth and depth; more owners want facilities that are "green," and meeting the demands of energy codes requires coordination of large amounts of often diverse information. MasterFormatTM Edition provides the means to meet these challenges. The resource standardizes communication about projects for everyone involved: engineers, architects, specifiers, contractors, suppliers and others. Expanding Beyond 16 Divisions Since the early s, MasterFormat organized project data into 16 divisions, with each division made up of section numbers and titles, the building blocks of any project manual. With its edition, MasterFormat saw the biggest rewrite in its history.
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Design professionals today must produce construction documents of unprecedented breadth and depth; more owners want facilities that are "green," and meeting the demands of energy codes requires coordination of large amounts of often diverse information. MasterFormatTM Edition provides the means to meet these challenges. The resource standardizes communication about projects for everyone involved: engineers, architects, specifiers, contractors, suppliers and others.
Expanding Beyond 16 Divisions Since the early s, MasterFormat organized project data into 16 divisions, with each division made up of section numbers and titles, the building blocks of any project manual. With its edition, MasterFormat saw the biggest rewrite in its history. It has broadened and deepened considerably. Causing the overcrowding were many recent advances in building technologies, driven mostly by computerization of facility systems management.
Construction materials also have advanced. And adding to the congestion were new priorities for buildings. For example, green building, rarely mentioned 40 years ago, is now a major concern. So is energy efficiency. This shortcoming had forced earlier MasterFormat editions to make compromises in classifying information. For example, data slots for lightning protection, fire suppression, and detection and alarm were contained in Division 13 Special Construction instead of Division 15 Mechanical or Division 16 Electrical because Division 13 had room.
Such Band-Aid approaches resulted in misplaced or missing project information. That led to errors, omissions and rework. MasterFormat was becoming less useful as an information management standard. It maintains organizational consistency and minimizes change where the previous structure is still adequate.
It follows recognized information classification principles. And it goes beyond buildings to address horizontal construction, such as roads, rail and utilities. Lastly, it covers process engineering construction, such as assembly lines and the manufacturing plants containing them. Divisions 03 to 14 are much the same as in MasterFormat Divisions are in five subgroups: General Requirements Subgroup Division 01 Facility Construction Subgroup Divisions Facility Services Subgroup Divisions Site and Infrastructure Subgroup Divisions Process Equipment Subgroup Divisions Division numbers are reserved throughout for organizing data generated by future products, technologies and methods.
A new section-numbering system using six digits in pairs, instead of five digits, that expands more than a hundredfold the level 3 sections possible in each division. They also can say a building is to meet environmental sustainability standards, such as the U. In section 01 78 00 Closeout Submittals there is a level 3 section 01 78 53 titled Sustainable Design Closeout Documentation for specifying this information.
The content contained in the old Division 16 Electrical is expanded by creating new divisions concerning both power delivery and data and communications transmission: Integrated Automation Division 25 , Electrical Division 26 , Communications Division 27 and Electronic Safety and Security Division Site and Infrastructure Subgroup Divisions This subgroup expands MasterFormat to cover site and heavy civil projects. They include transportation, utility and marine construction. Process Equipment Subgroup Divisions This subgroup expands MasterFormat to address manufacturing, water and wastewater treatment, power generation and other types of process engineering projects.
Those who know the old Division 7 should adapt easily to the new edition. That section has no additional data slots. But in the edition there are several slots, at both level 3 and level 4, getting specific on various insulation types: Thermal Insulation 07 21 00 Board Insulation 07 21 13 Foam Board Insulation 07 21 In addition to providing for more detail, MasterFormat Edition has moved data slots for certain other types of insulation for more meaningful organization.
For example, plumbing insulation is in the new Plumbing division section 22 07 Fire suppression systems insulation is in the new Fire Suppression division section 21 07 And insulation for process piping and equipment is in the new Process Integration division section 40 42 More detail. Better locations, easily identified. Those are tools for doing a better, more intelligent job of specifying insulation. It adds up to enhanced communication among the diverse players who deliver increasingly complex buildings.
Owners are attracted to the new edition because its expanded scope provides for project performance specifications. A growing number of architectural, engineering and construction firms also are converting. MasterFormat users have several tools available with the new edition for transitioning from a previous version. The Keyword Index lists terms and recommends section numbers for them. Education Options In , CSI plans to provide education at architectural, engineering and construction firms, corporations, government agencies and other organizations.
Sessions will address differences between the and editions, best practices and implementation strategies. The number of MasterFormat instructors trained and accredited by CSI will continue to grow as more seminars to train them are held this year. Master Guide Spec Systems Converting By the end of , several providers of master guide specifications systems plan to have revised their products to conform to MasterFormat Edition.
It has been revised already. A global switch rearranges specs per the or editions. New topics concerning construction projects can be assimilated readily and systematically as materials, methods and technologies advance. And CSI is developing a process so that as changes come about, section and division numbers will be added continuously.
It will replace the practice of simply publishing a new edition every several years. The industry is evolving too fast for that. For more information about MasterFormat Edition or to buy a copy, go to www.
MasterFormat 2004 Edition
Contributor By Robert Paul Dean Anyone involved in construction by now should be aware of a transformation that is under way in the master list of numbers and subject titles used to organize construction information. These numbers and titles affect applications such as data filing e. Sweets catalog files and First Source , cost estimating e. Previous versions of MasterFormat and its predecessor documents dating to have organized construction data into 16 divisions.
History[ edit ] After World War II, building construction specifications began to expand, as more advanced materials and choices were made available. In , they published a format for construction specifications, with 16 major divisions of work. In November , MasterFormat expanded from 16 Divisions to 50 Divisions , reflecting innovations in the construction industry and expanding the coverage to a larger part of the construction industry. Additional divisions added to include infrastructure and process equipment divisions. Advantages[ edit ] Standardizing the presentation of such information improves communication among all parties involved in construction projects, which helps the project team deliver structures to owners according to their requirements, timelines, and budgets.
What Is MasterFormat™ 2004 and Why Should I Care?