CSI Practice Guides

  • The CSI Project Delivery Practice Guide
  • The CSI Construction Specifications Practice Guide
  • The CSI Construction Contract Administration Practice Guide
  • The CSI Sustainable Design and Construction Practice Guide
  • Latest Edition:  Current as of 2014.
  • Author:  Construction Specifications Institute.
  • Where to Buy:  Construction Specifications Institute, www.csiresources.org

Each Guide covers key concepts and practices related to various aspects of the construction/specification process. As described by CSI: "The CSI Project Delivery Practice Guide provides fundamental knowledge for the documentation, administration, and successful delivery of construction projects. The CSI Construction Specifications Practice Guide is focused on the roles and responsibilities of the specifications professional in meeting the challenges of the changing world of construction. The CSI Construction Contract Administration Practice Guide presents a thorough overview of standard contract documents and their use in successfully administering construction projects."

The CSI Construction Specifications Practice Guide

This can be considered the "specifier's bible" by the only organization in the U.S. that has comprehensively considered the entire practice of specification writing for construction. This book contains the Construction Specifications Institute's explanation of the entire project delivery process, with specific focus on contracting methods, contract documents preparation, and product selection and specifying, plus CSI's recommended practices for specification preparation, bidding and negotiating, and contract administration. There are definitions of terminology, descriptions of typical procedures, and examples of unusual situations. CSI's standard formats for; specification section organization (SectionFormat™) and page layout (PageFormat™) are covered briefly (more comprehensive coverage is in separate publications). Extensive coverage of specification issues includes contracting methods, bidding requirements, general requirements (Division 1), specification language and formats, and methods of specifying. Practical topics include producing a project manual, using master guide specifications, performance specifying, procurement specifying, specifying for the Federal government, multiple prime contracts, and specifying for design-build.

The predecessor to the CSI Practice Guides is called the "Manual of Practice (MOP)", which is now out of print, but which contains much of the same information.