About the New and Revised Sections

The Summer update of SpecLink-E contains several heavily revised sections. Read on to learn about the revisions...

New Section Synopses

Section 01 3329 — Sustainable Design Reporting

This section contains Contractor procedures supporting the documentation of sustainable design. LEED v4 BD+C is the only rating system included at present but other rating systems will be added in the near future. The section explains the importance of the sustainable design rating to the Contractor and subcontractors because some of the credits available depend significantly on the Contractor's performance. This section also functions as a preliminary checklist of sections that may be needed to specify provisions to achieve specific credits. Further editing will be required if solutions not available in SpecLink are needed to achieve certain credits.

Intelligent editing of this section requires familiarity with the applicable Rating System document. LEED v4 documents are available free-of-charge at www.usgbc.org. The corresponding LEED Reference Guide (not free) would also be of considerable assistance to designers and specifiers.

This section is not intended to contain any of the actual LEED criteria or other environmental issues -- only procedural requirements that are binding on the Contractor, such as incentives. The actual LEED criteria and other environmental issues should be specified in the sections covering those issues. For instance, Contractor procedures to aid in ensuring good indoor air quality should be specified in the Indoor Air Quality Procedures section.

If the Contractor is given an incentive to achieve credits above and beyond those required, the incentive credits need to be clearly identified as such and described. Incentive credits must be limited to those that are within the Contractor's ability to control, which means that in most circumstances they are limited to Materials and Resource credits like construction waste management and the construction IAQ plan. If incentives are used, be sure not to count any of the Contractor's possible credits in the base rating.

Section 01 3329.04 — Material Content Form

This form is used to submit information about the content of products, such as recycled content, whether an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is available for it, or whether an indoor-emissions test or certification is available. The Contractor would collect all of the information called for on the form that is available, from the manufacturers, suppliers, and subcontractors. The Contractor then adds the cost information necessary for calculations. This form is automatically edited to match the rating system and credits selected in Section 01 3329, so that time and money is not wasted collecting unnecessary information.

Section 01 3329.07 — Prohibited Content Installer Certification

This form is for documenting that no high-VOC accessory materials have been used.  Section 01 6116 (01616) specifies restrictions on VOC content for many materials used on the interior of buildings. Unfortunately, no matter how well the specification may cover the necessary criteria, installers may utilize these products anyway. So, this form is intended to be used to obtain the certification of each installer that they have not used any of those products on the project.

Formatting Forms For Printing: A custom style will help make this form print better. You can make a new style specifically for these two forms. Start with the CSI style and change at least this much:

  • Level 1:  Uncheck the box “Print Text in Uppercase”.
  • Level 2:  Uncheck the boxes “Bold”, ”Include Numbers From Previous Level”, “Show Number Format”, and “Print Text in Uppercase”.
  • Level 3:  Uncheck the box “Show Number Format”.

If the word-wrap seems awkward, adjust the indentation for Levels 2 & 3.  Previewing before printing is highly recommended.

Section 09 8415 — Acoustic Stretched-Fabric Wall

This section addresses site-fabricated stretched fabric covered acoustical wall and ceiling systems supported by concealed framing.  Systems specified in this section are intended primarily to cover entire wall and ceiling areas, e.g., School Multi-Purpose Cafeteria, Auditoriums, Hospital Rooms, Executive Offices, and Conference Rooms.  Acoustic stretched-fabric system is used in lieu of framed, prefabricated, wall-mounted acoustical panels.

Section 21 2300 — Wet-Chemical Fire Extinguishing Systems

A new section for automatic pre-engineered, fixed-pipe wet chemical suppression systems has been added.  This section describes a complete system for the detection and suppression of the fire hazard associated with cooking operations. Use of this section applies to commercial, institutional, and public cooking facilities including instructional settings in culinary schools.

Section 21 2400 — Dry-Chemical Fire Extinguishing Systems

This new section focuses on automatic pre-engineered, fixed-pipe dry chemical suppression systems.  It describes a complete system for the detection and suppression of the fire hazard including work area, plenums, exhaust ventilation pits, and associated ductwork requiring protection for industrial type open-face paint spray booths and enclosed vehicle paint spray booths. Use of this section applies to industrial processes and instructional settings such as trade schools.

Section 21 0533 — Heat Tracing for Fire Suppression Piping

Section 22 0533 — Heat Tracing for Plumbing Piping

Section 23 0533 — Heat Tracing for HVAC Piping

Electric heating cable has been relocated from Section 23 8313 – Radiant Heating Cables to the above new Sections, revised and updated accordingly to more accurately reflect the specific applications to fire sprinklers, plumbing piping, and HVAC piping. The following cable is now available for specifying:

  • Plastic insulated series resistance.
  • Self-regulating parallel resistance.
  • Constant wattage resistance.

Major Revisions To Sections

Section 09 7733 — Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic Panels

This specification covers glass fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) panel "skins" only, not laminated to gypsum board, plywood, or other material, for both wall and ceiling applications. Products are manufactured with Class A or Class C fire-ratings and are intended for use in areas needing a durable, easily cleaned surface. FRP panels should be adhered to a solid substrate, and are available in both utilitarian and decorative panel designs. FRP ceiling suspension grids and trim can also be specified in this section for projects needing a complete system.

Section 26 0536 — Cable Trays for Electrical Systems

This section has been almost entirely revised to include updated and expanded information. Part 1 includes new article “DELIVERY, STORAGE, AND HANDLING”. The existing Part 2 product articles have been deleted and associated content has been relocated to new articles "CABLE TRAY SYSTEM – GENERAL REQUIREMENTS”, “METAL CABLE TRAY SYSTEMS” and “FIBERGLASS CABLE TRAY SYSTEMS”. Part 2 also includes new article “SOURCE QUALITY CONTROL”. In addition, metal single rail/center spine cable tray and metal wire mesh/basket cable tray are now included. Part 3 includes new articles “PREPARATION”, “FIELD QUALITY CONTROL”, “ADJUSTING”, “CLEANING”, and “PROTECTION”. The section also includes extensive new master note content, which specifiers should find very helpful when editing.

Section 27 1005 — Structured Cabling for Voice and Data -- Inside-Plant

This section has been substantially revised to include updated and expanded information. Part 1 includes new article "Administrative Requirements", and existing Part 1 article “Price and Payment Procedures” has been removed. Existing Part 1 article “Reference Standards” includes significant additions and revisions. Existing Part 2 article "Fiber Optic Cable and Adapters” has been renamed to “Fiber Optic Cable and Interconnecting Devices”. Existing Part 2 article “Enclosures” has been deleted and content has been relocated to new articles “Communications Equipment Room Fittings”, “Communications Outlets”, “Grounding and Bonding”, and “Identification Products”. Content was revised to include additional cable options (CAT 6A for copper, OS2/OM3/OM4 for fiber). Also added new Part 2 article “Source Quality Control”.