LinkLine: Summer 2015

LinkLine: Summer 2015

How to Maintain Several Versions of a Section for Version Control

Regardless of the project delivery method, there will always be changes to specification sections, and multiple versions of a section or project spec can be involved. Obviously, it's very important to identify these versions quickly and easily, and to maintain version control through the completion of the project. SpecLink-E has features to help you do this.

If project requirements call for multiple versions of a section in your project or office master, SpecLink can help. For example, there is only one master section 092116 (BSD). If you copy this section, by default it will be automatically named 092116 (USER). When you copy a section, SLE will prompt you to assign a number, title, and acronym to the imported/copied section. You can assign any acronym you want, up to six characters. If you don't assign an acronym, SLE will default to the acronym USER. By using an acronym other than USER, you can have more than two sections with the same number – such as 092116 (ADD001), 092116 (BUL001), etc. This copied section is basically a "snapshot" recording the change that was made at that particular time. It is not meant to be the ongoing active section, but a record of what was changed and when, after a project has gone out for bid or construction. Please note that copied sections will not be marked or updated like the sections based on the BSD master sections, which is a good thing. You would not want to update a time record version.

By naming the copies as described above, this way differing versions of the section can exist in one project file for addressing different releases for things like value management proposals, change order proposals, approved change orders, etc. A record of the changed section is always available within the project. The status box can be turned “off” for inactive sections as appropriate. If a revision date or other identifying text is needed, it can be added as the firm’s standards may require.

For documenting the actual changed content within the body of the Section, changed items can be identified using editing formats such as BOLD, UNDERSCORE, STRIKETROUGH, [BRACKETS] etc.

Where more than one user is assigned shared responsibility for editing the project, it is best practice for the office to have documented procedures for achieving consistency and accuracy.

LinkLine: Summer 2015

An Overview of Power System Studies

By Joe I. Moreland, PE, CSI (GA PE#26321)

Performance of power system studies is commonly delegated to the Contractor for both Design-Build and Design-Bid Build contracts. For the latter case, the accuracy of certain studies requires characteristics of actual installed equipment and circuits generally not known during the design phase when competition between multiple manufacturers is permitted. The purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of three studies most commonly performed:

Short-Circuit Study

Purpose:  Determine the maximum available fault current for selection of equipment with appropriate short circuit current ratings.

NFPA 70 (NEC) Requirements:

  • 110.9 and 110.10 require equipment to have ratings sufficient for the available fault current.
  • 110.24 requires service equipment in other than dwelling units to be marked with the maximum available fault current and the date calculations were performed.

Study Methodology is described in IEEE 551 – Recommended Practice for Calculating Short-Circuit Currents in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (IEEE Violet Book).

Study Reports:  Typically identify at each bus location:

  • Calculated maximum available symmetrical and asymmetrical fault currents.
  • Fault point X/R ratio.
  • Associated equipment short circuit current ratings.
  • Recommendations where the available fault current exceeds the equipment short circuit current rating.

Protective Device Coordination Study

Purpose:  For selection of protective devices and associated settings required to achieve (or optimize) selective coordination. Time-current curves of protective devices installed in series are overlaid on log-log scale graphs to evaluate which protective devices may trip for current values up to the maximum short circuit current. Generally the goal (which might not be fully achievable) is to select devices and trip settings such that the device closest to the fault will trip first while maintaining adequate protection for equipment and conductors.

NFPA 70 (NEC) Requirements:

  • 517.26 requires the life safety branch of essential electrical systems for health care facilities to meet requirements of Article 700, which includes selective coordination (see 700.28 below).
  • 620.62 requires selective coordination for circuits serving multiple elevators.
  • 645.27 requires selective coordination for critical operations data systems.
  • 695.3 requires selective coordination for fire pumps with feeder sources in multi-building campus-style complexes.
  • 700.28 requires selective coordination for emergency systems.
  • 701.27 requires selective coordination for legally required standby systems.
  • 708.54 requires selective coordination for critical operations power systems (COPS). 708.52 also requires selectivity for ground-fault protection systems.

Study Methodology is described in applicable portions of:

  • IEEE 242 – Recommended Practice for Protection and Coordination of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (IEEE Buff Book).
  • IEEE 399 – Recommended Practice for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Analysis (IEEE Brown Book).

Study Reports typically include:

  • Time-current coordination curves plotted on log-log scale graphs representing each portion of the system
  • Fixed and adjustable characteristics for each protective device with available ranges and recommended settings
  • Recommendations where either full selective coordination or adequate protection is not achieved

Arc Flash/Shock Risk Assessment

Purpose:  The term 'risk assessment' is defined in NFPA 70E as "an overall process that identifies hazards, estimates the potential severity of injury or damage to health, estimates the likelihood of occurrence of injury or damage to health, and determines if protective measures are required." An arc flash risk assessment determines if an arc flash hazard (defined as “a dangerous condition associated with the possible release of energy caused by an electric arc”) exists and if so, determine safety-related requirements for personnel protection. A shock risk assessment is usually performed in conjunction with an arc flash risk assessment.

NFPA 70 (NEC) Requirements:

110.16 requires electrical equipment likely to require examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance while energized to be marked, warning qualified persons of potential electric arc flash hazards. Accompanying informational notes cite the following references:

  1. NFPA 70E for guidance in determining severity of potential exposure, planning safe work practices, arc flash labeling, and selecting personal protective equipment.
  2. ANSI Z535.4 for guidelines for the design of safety signs and labels for application to products.

NFPA 70E requires that the arc flash/shock risk assessment be updated when a major modification or renovation takes place, and be reviewed at intervals not exceeding 5 years.

Study Methodology is contained in NFPA 70E – Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, which includes various incident energy and arc flash boundary calculation methods in Informative Annex D. The one most commonly used is IEEE 1584 – Guide for Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculations.

IEEE 1584 includes equations for calculating the arcing short circuit current, which is then used to calculate the incident energy at a particular working distance. Equations are also provided for calculating the arc flash boundary, defined as the distance from a prospective arc source within which a person could receive a second degree burn from an electrical arc flash.

Study Reports typically provide information necessary for the production of warning labels containing specific information that can be used by a worker to select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Reports may also include recommendations for reducing the incident energy at locations where the calculated maximum incident energy exceeds a certain level.

NFPA 70E requires the nominal system voltage, arc flash boundary and at least one of the following to be included on the label:

  • Either the calculated available incident energy or arc flash PPE category selected from appropriate tables (but not both)
  • The minimum arc rating of clothing
  • The site-specific level of PPE

Specifying Power System Studies in SpecLink

Performance of all three of the power system studies described above may be specified in BSD’s Section 26 0573 – Power System Studies, which has recently been completely revised and updated. A more in-depth guide to these studies and how to specify them in SpecLink can be found here, on the Supporting Documents pages of BSD’s website.

LinkLine: Spring 2015

Division 46 Water and Wastewater Equipment Sections Are Coming Soon to SpecLink-E

SpecLink’s Wastewater sections will be at the final “Bells and Whistles” stage at some point during the month of May. Rather than wait several months to complete a few remaining sections, do the final content critique, verify the intelligent links and tags, and generate the Supporting Documents, we plan to go ahead and publish a "Preliminary" version of the Wastewater sections for our users to review and “use at their own risk.”

As the final bells and whistles are added, and the Supporting Documents are completed, the sections will be sent through our final phase inspection and the word "Preliminary" will be removed from these sections as they are officially published. Everything should be officially published sometime in the Fall 2015.

Please note this is not our standard operational procedure. We decided to take this approach due to the overwhelming demand our current users, as well as new users, have for this information. Anyone who has the Comprehensive or ME Catalogues will be able to see the Water and Wastewater sections while they are in this preliminary phase.

LinkLine: Summer 2015

BSD Customer Case Study:  Anthony Abbate Architect PA Saves Significant Time Using SpecLink-E

Anthony Abbate Architect PA has been in practice since 1989 and is engaged in a variety of projects providing creative design and consulting services in architecture and urban design for both public and private sectors in the US and abroad.


Located in Ft. Lauderdale, many of their award-winning designs can be seen throughout central and southern Florida.

Their design process begins with the strategic formation of a project team tailored specifically to the client’s project needs. Each project evolves through a series of design explorations, broadly informed by a broad base of issues and opportunities. Anthony Abbate Architect believes that the essential qualities of each project emerge from the creative interpretation of the many influences that shape a project.

Anthony Abbate Architect has an excellent record for meeting their client’s needs, balancing time and cost without compromise to design quality. They have been recognized with over 17 design awards. These include such diverse projects as residential remodeling, marine research facilities, restaurants, parks, educational facilities and transit greenways.

As a full service design practice, they provide complete programming, site analysis and selection, planning, design documentation and project administration.

The Need

Creating award-winning designs requires a talented staff. It also requires time. In a small firm, such as Anthony Abbate Architect PA, time is a highly prized commodity. Extra time spent in any area of a project is time taken away from another area. An automated specification writing system can offer great time advantages. However, with word-processing based systems, the time spent correcting formatting and other issues can sometimes cancel out those savings.

In 1996 the staff at Anthony Abbate Architect was looking for a more comprehensive way to produce their specifications. They were looking for a way to better utilize their time. Their search led them to SpecLink.

The Solution

Anthony Abbate, principal, says, “In a small firm, such as this one, every minute counts. Since we began using SpecLink, our specifications are more coordinated, complete and easily referenced.” This better coordination is accomplished through SpecLink-E’s global formatting. With SpecLink-E, all sections are stored in a single database file, allowing any formatting changes to be made once – updating all sections simultaneously. This includes changing of page formats, paragraph numbering styles, headers and footers, key terms and units of measure.

Abbate continues, “With SpecLink, the formatting is automatic. We are able to edit and compare a complete set of specifications in about one-half the amount of time it used to take us. Being able to work from a comprehensive specification catalog to write, edit and import sections from manufacturers in an organized framework helps us to focus on content.”

The Outcome

Anthony Abbate Architect has completed numerous outstanding projects with SpecLink-E. According to Abbate, their favorite one was for Broward County, FL, "our best project using SpecLink was a Broward House Education Center, which is a rehab center for drug-addicted HIV patients. SpecLink helped us save a significant amount of time during the specification writing process -- time we were then able to put into other areas of the project." The result was an award-winning design that their client was very pleased with.

Saving time, creating award-winning designs, and exceeding client expectations -- it's all in a day's work for Anthony Abbate Architect. Reflecting on their decision to use SpecLink-E, Abbate says, "we are a small practice. Having SpecLink provides us with the ability to be competitive while maintaining the high standards we have set for our clients and ourselves. And we have just scratched the surface of what the software is capable of doing!"

LinkLine: Spring 2014-15

New In SpecLink-E:  Entice™ Series by CRL-U.S. Aluminum Redefines the Commercial Entrance

Premiering at AIA Expo 2015 in May, the new Entice™ Series Premium Entrance System by CRL-U.S. Aluminum has transformed the traditional all-glass entrance door into an innovative system that exceeds demanding building codes and energy conservation requirements with an elegant aesthetic. The Entice™ Series leverages the strengths of CRL-U.S. Aluminum systems and the company’s world-class research and development processes.

LinkLine: Summer 2015

Product Q & A


Q. SpecLink-E is telling me that my user count has been exceeded, but no one else is in the software today. Is there something wrong with my license?

A. When a user checks out a section, it uses one of the seats of your license. If the section is not checked back in, the license remains in use. This usually happens if a user closes the program without checking in the section, or a section remains checked out as a result of the user’s system losing connection with the server. You can go to Tools, Unlock Documents, and see a list of sections that have been checked out, and by whom. If one of the users listed has sections checked out that they don’t need to work on, you can select all of the sections checked out by that user and use the Undo Document Checkout to free up a seat of the license. No data will be lost when using Undo Document Checkout on a section.

Q. Now that the master updates for SpecLink-E are done online automatically, how can I check if my SpecLink-E master is up-to-date?

A. With a project open in SpecLink-E, open the Summary Info dialog and check the Date of Last Master Update. This is the date that your master was last updated to the latest data released by BSD. Keep in mind that updates are issued regularly. You can change the frequency of SpecLink-E updating through SLE Support Utilities, which is located on the server where SpecLink-E is installed. The Update BSD Master tab of the SLE Support Utilities allows you to adjust the frequency with which you will receive updates.  You can also click “Update Master Now” to get your master completely updated, usually in about 10 to 20 minutes.

Q. I normally copy my office master or other projects to create new projects, but I have to edit my header and footer every time. Is there a way to automate the headers and footers?

A. If you use an office master to pre-edit your technical content, you can also pre-edit your headers and footers in the office master. Make sure you use the keywords available in the header/footer dialog, rather than typing text from the keyboard. Then, when you copy the office master, the keywords will pick up the terms specific to the new project, as well as any formatting you have set up in the headers and footers.  In addition to the keywords that have been available, you can now insert both Master and User Defined Global Terms into headers and footers


Q. We usually start our drawings first, and then the specification is prepared at the end of the project. Will using LinkMan-E require us to change our approach to completing projects?

A. Not at all. There are several scenarios that allow for quite a range in completing project data – from “minimal integration,” where the spec is prepared last, independently of the drawings, to “advanced integration,” in which the spec and the drawings are prepared at the same time. Using LinkMan-E will not require a change in your approach, but affords you the opportunity to find a comfort level within this range to take full advantage of the capability to identify, control, and coordinate relevant discrepancies between the Revit model and SpecLink-E specification.

Q. I see you can back-up the database in SpecLink-E. How can I back-up my LinkMan-E groups?

A. When you back-up or restore the databases in SpecLink-E, this process also includes the LinkMan-E Master and LME Groups databases.


Q. What training resources are available for learning CostLink/AE?

A. There are step-by-step instructions in the Help Contents tab that contain directions for using each feature in CostLink/AE, which will assist you in creating estimates. In addition, there is a tutorial in the BSD CostLink/AE User Manual. This tutorial will walk you through creating a sample estimate. The tutorial can be found on our download center ( We also have a one-day training course available by request.

Software Support

Q. What pricing plans does BSD have for providing technical support for their software products?

A. Technical Support for SpecLink-E, LinkMan-E, and CostLink/AE is provided free to our customers. The business hours for Tech Support are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. You can contact Tech Support by telephone (800/266-7732) or via the e-mail link on our Contact Us web page (

LinkLine: Summer 2015

coral imageNew In SpecLink-E:  Coral Architectural Products Offers a Full Line of Architectural Aluminum Products for Division 8

Coral Architectural Products, a division of Coral Industries was established in January 2005 and offers a full line of architectural aluminum entrance doors, storefronts, curtain walls, and protective glazing products. Coral is pleased to announce that all of its architectural aluminum products now can be specified through Building Systems Design's specification management system - BSD SpecLink-E.

Coral has brought together a management team with over 35 years of industry experience in designing, testing and marketing in order to develop its industry leading aluminum systems. Each system is designed and tested for simplicity, versatility, maximum performance and ease of installation. To ensure the highest standards in performance and structural integrity for today’s demanding projects; all Coral Architectural Products are tested in accordance with ASTM and/or AAMA guidelines for air infiltration, water resistance and structural loads at certified independent test laboratories. In addition, Coral manufacturers a number of products specifically designed and engineered to meet the stringent demands for commercial projects constructed in coastal regions having to withstand high velocity winds and missile impact during a hurricane. In addition, Coral Architectural Products can furnish the FL550 storefront with the integrated MS381 entrance door designed and tested to reduce the potential hazards associated with security threats from a bomb blast thereby protecting occupants in government facilities.

For more information about Coral Architectural products please visit the website at:

LinkLine: Summer 2015

About Your SpecLink-E Updates


Sections in Each Catalog

  • Design Criteria Catalog -- 130
  • A = Architectural -- 463
  • S = Structural -- 174
  • C = Civil -- 207
  • L = Landscape -- 176
  • M = Mechanical / Electrical -- 378
  • Comprehensive -- 718

Design Criteria Statistics

  • 32 sections total 
  • 32 updated DC sections
  • 13,894 paragraphs
  • 9,935 internal links (targets and consequences)
  • 2,442 notes to specifier
  • 688 notes with live hyperlinks
  • 430 external documents referenced
  • 51 ASTMs referenced
  • 273 standards organizations referenced

Construction Specification Statistics

  • 686 total sections
  • 656 non-proprietary sections
  • 30 proprietary sections
  • 656 non-proprietary sections updated
  • 28 proprietary sections updated
  • 99% of total sections updated
  • 100% of all non-proprietary sections updated
  • 93% of all proprietary sections updated
  • 188,496 paragraphs
  • 210,140 links
  • 54,333 notes to specifier
  • 53,383 notes with live hyperlinks
  • 2,370 external documents referenced
  • 1,090 ASTM documents referenced
  • 1,280 other documents and standards referenced
  • 346 newly-referenced standards
  • 247 standards organizations referenced
  • 579 sections with manufacturers listed
  • 1,259 unique manufacturers listed

LinkLine: Summer 2015

Our Featured Manufacturers:

BSD gives building product manufacturers the opportunity to explain to SpecLink users the advantages of their products. The summer 2015 update adds or expands the listings of eleven featured manufacturers.

The following is a complete list of new and featured manufacturers in the summer 2015 update:

Avanti Systems USA supplies and installs cutting edge architectural glass wall and door systems inspired by European design. New products that have been placed with Avanti’s existing placements in Division 8 and 10 include framed and frameless glass entrances and storefronts, as well as operable, fixed and demountable partitions. There are also 2 new Avanti Proprietary Sections 08 1753-AVNTI - Integrated Glass Door Opening Assemblies and 10 2219.63-AVNTI -  Demountable Glass Partitions.

Brimar Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of street, parking and safety signs, valve tags, and pipe markers, providing products under their 2 divisions: and Founded over 25 years ago, Brimar provides superior service and high quality products that their customers have come to rely on for all their identification needs. Products by this manufacturer may be found in Sections 01 5500 - Vehicular Access and Parking, 01 5813 - Temporary Project Signage, 21 0553 - Identification for Fire Suppression Piping and Equipment, 22 0553 - Identification for Plumbing Piping and Equipment and 23 0553 - Identification for HVAC Piping and Equipment.

DORMA is an international market leader with innovative and inspiring design and technologies for access solutions and services. A full range of products and services provides safety and security as well as convenience and comfort. DORMA features a design oriented portfolio of architectural door hardware, specialty hardware for glass door and wall applications, door automation systems including Crane Revolving Doors, and operable wall systems featuring Modernfold. Strategic partnerships with technology innovators RCI and Farpointe Data extend DORMA’s portfolio of electromechanical access control products and systems, and strengthens the presence of both firms in the North American market. DORMA products can be specified in multiple sections in Divisions 8 and 10.

Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning Corporation is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. Dow Corning insulation and sealant products may be specified in Division 7 and 8, and their new ALLGuard elastomeric coating in Section 09 9600 – High-Performance Coatings.

For more than 75 years, Franklin International has been the industry leader in bonding wood and wood products. From wood glues to construction adhesives to caulks and sealants and to flooring adhesives, Franklin International’s flagship brand – Titebond® - sets the standard for product excellence. In addition, their environmental offering has expanded to include urethanes and other VOC-compliant products. Today, GREENchoiceAdhesives represent Titebond’s commitment to sustainability. Look for Franklin International products in Sections 06 1000 – Rough Carpentry, 06 4100 Architectural Wood Casework, 07 9200, Joint Sealants, 09 2116 – Gypsum Board Assemblies, 09 7733 – Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic Panels and new Section 09 6433 – Laminated Wood Flooring.

Fortifiber Building Systems Group has earned a solid reputation for technical expertise, practical know-how and responsiveness to the needs of the building industry by providing Moisture Control Systems that protect against water intrusion and energy draining air leakage. Over its 75-year history, the company has become a trusted partner in the effort to solve moisture related building problems, and a valued advisor to the architectural community. Fortifiber products have been included in Sections 03 3000 – Cast In Place Concrete, 07 2500 – Weather Barriers and 07 9200 – Joint Sealants.

Since 1960, Kaufman Products, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of concrete treatments, including concrete sealers, curing compounds, curing and sealing compounds, structural epoxy-resin mortars and grouts, Portland cement non-shrink grouts, form release agents, cementitious repair mortars, underlayments, self-leveling wear-toppings, hardeners, dustproofers, and epoxy injections, adhesives, coatings, resin overlays, sealers and coatings. Kaufman products have been added to the following sections:  03 0100 – Maintenance of Concrete, 03 3000 – Cast in Place Concrete, 03 3511 – Concrete Floor Finishes and 03 5400 – Cast Underlayments..

LATICRETE International, Inc. has acquired HP Spartacote, producers of a line of resinous floor coatings, as well as the PAVER ARMOR PRO™ line of hardscapes products and STONETECH® professional products for stone, tile and masonry care. These new products can be found in Sections 09 3000 – Tiling, 09 6700 – Fluid Applied Flooring,  and 32 1416 – Stone Paving.

Lutron Electronics Company, Inc., the inventor of the dimmer, is a leading manufacturer of lighting and shade controls ranging from individual dimmers to total light management systems that control entire building complexes. Lutron is headquartered in Coopersburg, PA with sales and service offices located worldwide. Lutron’s Homeworks QS network lighting control system can now be specified in Section 26 0943:LUT2 – Network Lighting Controls – Lutron Homeworks QS.

For more than 160 years, Pratt & Lambert Paints has stood for quality, leadership and innovation in the paint industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, Pratt & Lambert paints are distributed exclusively through quality independent paint dealers, participating Sears Hardware Stores, participating Ace Hardware Stores and Do it Best retailers. Paint and coatings by this manufacturer can be found in Division 9 sections 09 9113 – Exterior Painting, 09 9123 – Interior Painting and 09 9600 - High Performance Coatings.

Specialty Products Group® is dedicated to providing solutions for concrete repairs with products designed to close the capillaries in concrete. Their innovative VaporLock™ admixtures offer a sustainable system that stops vapor emissions. These products have been added to Sections 03 3000 – Cast in Place Concrete and 09 0561 –Common Work Results for Flooring Preparation.

LinkLine: Summer 2015

New In SpecLink-E:  Achieve a Compelling Balance Between Form and Function with Division 10 Glass Office Partition Systems by C.R. Laurence

MEC 006CRL delivers a complete line of Division 10 office partition systems designed to meet performance requirements while providing striking visuals that stand the test of time. The company’s array of customizable solutions includes movable walls that can help create multi-purpose spaces; framed systems to enhance acoustic privacy; and frameless partitions that maximize natural light transmission and add a contemporary flair. If floor space is a primary concern, you can also select from CRL’s complete line of sliding door systems.

Because CRL’s glass office partition systems are demountable and relocatable, you have flexibility when it comes to interior configurations. Other benefits include quick shipping from a network of nationwide service centers, and qualification for accelerated tax depreciation.

Glass office partition systems provide an effective and efficient way to divide and organize commercial interior spaces and CRL has a system ready to meet your specification, budget, and schedule needs.

LinkLine: Summer 2015

About The New and Revised Sections

As of summer 2015, SpecLink-E features several new or revised sections. Read on to learn about them.

Section 09 6433 - Laminated Wood Flooring

This new section includes multi-ply laminated tongue and groove wood flooring with a factory applied finish. Also referred to as engineered hardwood, this type of flooring can be glued down, nailed or stapled down, or “floated” over concrete or wood subfloors.   Unlike solid wood floors, laminated wood flooring can be installed in below grade applications.

Section 09 9113 - Exterior Painting

Section 09 9123 - Interior Painting

Section 09 9000 - Paints and Coatings has been divided into two sections; Section 09 9113 - Exterior Painting and Section 09 9123 - Interior Painting. We did this to improve the user experience. By separating the paint categories and their respective product listings, the user can streamline decision making and coordination using this specifying approach. In aligning the specific systems and preparation methods unique to interior or exterior environments, we have improved the overall organization of the information and ease of specifying paints.

Specific changes the user will notice:

  • MPI numbers have been added as a choice to all top coat categories, if applicable.
  • More top coat categories have been added.
  • Primers have been expanded and added as a separate article.
  • More proprietary product listings have been added.
  • A new schedule has been added at the end of Part 3 to coordinate specifying by the MPI system.
  • Coatings from the “Heavy Duty System”, including high performance polyurethane varnishes and epoxies, have been moved to Section 09 9600 - High Performance Coatings.
  • There are more project notes to assist the specifier in decision making.

Additional information on these sections can be found in the Supporting Documents section here.

Proprietary Section 26 0943:LUT2 - Network Lighting Controls - Lutron Homeworks QS

Lutron Homeworks QS network lighting control system. This section includes lighting controls featuring basis of design products from Lutron Electronics Company, Inc. The section also includes HVAC controls furnished by the lighting control manufacturer, for system control interface.

System components include:

  • Power panels.
  • Fluorescent electronic dimming ballasts.
  • LED drivers.
  • Power interfaces.
  • Lighting control system processor.
  • Centralized lighting control system software.
  • Radio frequency (RF) repeaters.
  • Control stations.
  • Wall dimmers, switches, and fan speed controllers.
  • Preset controls with zone override.
  • Load control modules.
  • Low-voltage control interfaces.
  • HVAC controls by Lighting Control Manufacturer, for system control interface.
  • Wired sensors.
  • Wireless sensors.
  • Accessories.

Revised Section 26 0573 - Power System Studies

This section has been almost entirely revised to include updated and expanded information. The title has been revised from “Overcurrent Protective Device Coordination Study” to “Power System Studies”, in accordance with 2016 MasterFormat. Part 1 includes the new article “ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS.” The existing Part 1 article “PROTECTIVE DEVICE STUDY” has been deleted and associated content has been relocated to new article "POWER SYSTEM STUDIES,” which also includes new content for arc flash and shock risk assessments. Part 2 includes new article “ARC FLASH HAZARD WARNING LABELS,” while existing Part 2 article “PROTECTIVE DEVICES” has been removed. Part 3 includes new articles “INSTALLATION” (for arc flash hazard warning labels), “CLOSEOUT ACTIVITIES,” and “ATTACHMENTS.” The section also includes extensive new master note content featuring a link to a new supporting document, which specifiers should find very helpful when editing.