How to Specify - Division 01

Division 01 - General Requirements

Division 01 Sections expand on specific administrative and procedural provisions in the conditions of the contract and apply broadly to the execution of the work of all the other Sections of the specifications. Only administrative and procedural requirements unique to a specific Section should be covered in the affected Section. Division 01 Sections cover general requirements for execution of the work and should be written in language broad enough to apply to Sections in Divisions 02 through 49.

Without Division 01, these requirements would otherwise be repeated throughout the specifications, and the possibility of conflicts and omissions would be increased. This Division 01 concept adheres to the CSI principle of “stating information only once and in the right place”.

Prepare Division 01- General Requirements by coordinating the project requirements of the Agreement and the Conditions of the Contract. Send the proposed Conditions of the Contract and Division 01 Sections to the Owner and Consultants for review. The Consultants need to know the information within these documents to complete their work.

Note: Editing of most Sections begins by completing the optional checklist. If there is not an optional checklist, the editing process is designed to begin in PART 2, progress to PART 3, and finish up with PART 1


01 0000 - General Requirements

01 1000 - Summary

01 1000  (01100) - Summary

This Section describes the type of contractual form of agreement, basic project conditions; work not shown on drawings or specified.
This Section is principally used to identify items of work that are not normally shown on the drawings or specified. If the following types of work are not required or are specified elsewhere, or are otherwise described, this Section would not be required at all:

  • Contract type (form of agreement).
  • Scope of each prime contract if more than one covered by this set of Contract Documents.
  • Work performed by the Owner outside this contract.
  • Owner-supplied products (listing).
  • Salvage items (listing).
  • Future work affecting this contract.
  • Owner occupancy of existing facilities.
  • Partial Owner occupancy of any portion or all of the work prior to Substantial Completion.
  • Contractor use of premises.
  • Work sequence.

This Section is based on the assumption that the Contract Documents include Conditions of the Contract that define basic contractual requirements. This Section is intended to supplement those requirements and will not be complete without such basic requirements.
Be sure that the statements in this Section do not contradict those requirements. Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

Standard forms of Conditions of the Contract published by AIA, ConsensusDOCS, EJCDC, and DBIA include such basic requirements.
This Section is coordinated with those publications -- if their terms are changed, coordinate this Section with the new terms.

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01 2000 - Price and Payment Procedures

01 2000  (01200) - Price and Payment Procedures

This Section describes Applications for Payment, Schedule of Values,  Modifications, and Closeout Procedures.
This Section includes procedural requirements for preparation and submittal of Contractor's Applications for Payment, for assessing, developing and executing change orders, and for processing final payment.

The forms to be used for the Schedule of Values and Applications for Payment are defined in Section 00 5000 Contracting Forms and Supplements. The selected options will pre-edit a portion of the text based on the organization and standard documents of the agreement and general conditions selected.

Activate the Optional Checklist and the selected options will pre-edit the major portion of the text based on the organization and standard documents of the agreement and general conditions selected. This will also  pre-edit other related Sections. In addition, the Section includes optional text for many typical price and payment requirements, reference standards, cross-references, and related issues.

This Section is based on the assumption that the Contract Documents include Conditions of the Contract that define basic price and payment procedures, including procedures for making modifications to the Contract Sum/Price.  This Section is only intended to supplement those requirements and will not provide a complete definition of allowances procedures without such basic requirements.

Note: Modification procedures are usually described in considerable detail in the General Conditions.  Be sure that the statements in this Section do not contradict those requirements. Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

Standard forms of Conditions of the Contract published by AIA, ConsensusDOCS, EJCDC, and DBIA include such basic requirements.  

This Section is coordinated with those publications – review closely and if their terms are changed, coordinate this Section with the new terms.

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01 2100  (01210) – Allowances

This Section describes Allowances procedures; types and description of Allowances.

This Section covers cash allowances, contingency allowances, and inspecting and testing allowances.  Cash allowances are used to postpone product specification until after award of the contract.  Contingency allowances are intended for unforeseen issues.  Inspecting and testing allowances typically cover an undeterminable amount of inspection or testing.

Note: Use the Contingency Allowance article if the Owner determines the need for a contingency allowance in the construction contract, only IF NOT covered in the Conditions of the Contract.  

Beware that although re-stating those requirements here may make contract administration easier, the repetition may introduce the possibility of contradictions leading to disputes and change orders.

In all types of allowances, a certain monetary amount is specified for the allowance -- that amount is to be included in the bids.  After award, the Contractor is told which actual products to procure and the Contract Sum/Price is adjusted by the difference between the actual cost and the allowance.  In this manner, the allowance is used to avoid an additive change order and it’s associated increased costs, which would be the consequence if the product was simply left out of the bidding documents.

Since the use of an allowance almost always affects the Contract Sum/Price, this Section is based on the assumption that the Contract Documents include an Owner-Contractor Agreement and General Conditions that define basic contractual requirements and procedures for making modifications to the Contract Sum/Price.

This Section is only intended to supplement those requirements and may not provide a complete definition of allowances procedures without such basic requirements. Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

Coordinate this Section carefully with the Conditions of the Contract and with Section 012000 - Price and Payment Procedures.

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01 2200  (01270) - Unit Prices

This Section describes Unit Prices procedures; description of items to be priced or prices to be included.

This Section includes a description of measurement and payment criteria applicable to unit price work, whether the unit price items are part of a unit price contract or are part of a Stipulated Sum/Price contract.  A description of the scope of each unit price is also required and should commonly be included in the relevant Section.  

For example, unit prices for rock excavation would be described in the excavation Section.  The unit price descriptions are also commonly included on the Bid Form.  To preclude conflicts, describe them in only one location in the bidding documents.

Unit prices can be used in two fundamentally different ways.  The bidder may be asked to state the price he would charge for each unit of the specified work.  Alternatively, the bidding documents may state the price per unit, defined by the Owner.  

In addition, the quantity may or may not be defined.  The quantity may be undefined, in which case, the actual total quantity executed is multiplied by the unit price and the total amount added by change order.  The bidding documents may also state that a certain quantity is to be included in the bid, with any difference in actual quantity resulting in an adjustment based on the unit price.

Some public agencies have specific contractual requirements for such differences and how they are to be addressed under the Conditions of the Contract; be sure to fully understand such requirements in order to complete this Section.

This Section is based on the assumption that the Contract Documents include  an Owner-Contractor Agreement and General Conditions that define the contractual basis for unit prices and procedures for making modifications to the Contract Sum/Price.
This Section is only intended to supplement those requirements and may not provide a complete definition of unit prices procedures without such basic requirements.  Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

Coordinate this Section carefully with the Conditions of the Contract and with Section 012000 - Price and Payment Procedures.

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01 2300 - Alternates  (01230 - Alternatives)

This Section describes Alternates (Alternatives [MF95]) procedures; description of Alternates.

This Section includes a description of Alternates, to be included when the Owner or the Architect/Engineer wish to competitively bid additional or deductive work or bid a different product, assembly, or system compared to a product or system specified as an integral part of the base project requirements.

The submitted bid for an Alternate will be expressed as a cost increase or decrease to the base bid. The text offers a format for describing Alternates; edit as appropriate to project requirements.

Note: Should an Alternate require products not covered under base bid specifications, a Section should be written for such product and bound in the Project Manual.

Ultimately, the Owner-Contractor Agreement needs to indicate which Alternates have been accepted.  That can be done by copying the Alternate language into the Agreement or by attaching the description of the accepted Alternates developed in this Section.

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01 2500 - Substitution Procedures (01630 – Product Substitution Procedures)

This section addresses Contractor’s substitution requests made during and after Bidding/Negotiation phase for materials, products, assemblies, and/or equipment included in the specifications.

It is therefore an extension of Section 01 6000 – Product Requirements, stipulating that substitutions need to meet the same standards as the specified items.

It defines what types of substitutions will be considered as valid, content of the request, method for approving requests, and related contract changes follow-up.  It includes specific procedures, as well as time restrictions on submitting substitution requests for each project delivery Phase.

Section references appropriate Substitution Request Forms – if required.  

Therefore, this section needs to be carefully coordinated with Instructions to Bidders (if any), and the Conditions of the Contract.

(This section was most recently added to coordinate with the MasterFormat 2016 Update; it cannot be used without Section 01 6000 – Product Requirements. Refer also to this section for important How to Specify information as well.)

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01 3000 - Administrative Requirements

01 3000  (01300) - Administrative Requirements

This Section describes submittals, including electronic submittal service, meetings, schedules, reports, coordination, photographs, closeout, etc.

This Section covers coordination, meetings, submittals procedures, and progress documentation (schedules and photographs).  In particular, it defines three categories of submittals (for review, for information, and for project closeout) to avoid the necessity of defining different procedures for each in individual product specification Sections.

This Section is based on the assumption that the Contract Documents include Conditions of the Contract that describe basic requirements for submittals and the construction schedule.  This Section is only intended to supplement those requirements and will not provide a complete definition of these procedures without such basic requirements.  Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

Standard forms of Conditions of the Contract published by AIA, ConsensusDOCS, EJCDC, and DBIA include such basic requirements.  This Section is coordinated with those publications -- if their terms are changed, coordinate this Section with the new terms. Most of the other subjects in this Section are not discussed in the commonly used standard forms of Conditions of the Contract.

This Section includes procedures commonly utilized in multiple contract projects for coordinating work of the separate contracts, under administration of a Project Coordinator, as designated in an Owner-Contractor agreement.  The Conditions of the Contract should define the duties of the Project Coordinator.

The term "Project Coordinator" is utilized in this section for editing convenience and to differentiate duties from the Architect/Engineer if construction management services are utilized.  If another party is to assume this role, the appropriate definition can be made in the PROJECT COORDINATOR paragraph in this section.

Due to wide variations in multiple contract specifying practices, this text can serve only as a guide and may require significant editing to adapt to a specific project.  Other related sections of Division 1 are written to represent single contract work and, therefore, may need to be edited to reflect Project Coordinator involvement.

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01 3050  (01305) - Design Procedures and Substantiation Requirements

This Section describes design documentation and substantiation for design-build projects.
This Section covers how the Design-Builder:

  1. Refines, finalizes, and documents the design criteria.
  2. Chooses elements and products to be used in the design.
  3. Shows that the design meets the criteria.

Key defined concepts are:

  • Substantiation
  • Proven-in-use.
  • Proven-by-mockup.

IMPORTANT: These substantiation requirements are fundamental to specifying whole-building design criteria for design-build. Do not exclude them unless it is very obvious that they don't apply. If necessary, modify the stages or phases of the project rather than delete the whole requirement.

The substantiation requirements apply only to the Design Criteria Sections between Division 00 and Division 01.

Note: This Section depends on Section 007100 (00570) - Contracting Definitions for the definitions of the phases or stages of design and construction.

The ICC International Building Code, as well as many local codes, requires extensive testing on structural assemblies, including steel, masonry, and wood. In addition, tests may be specified in the specifications.

Tests may also be part of Commissioning, specified later in this Section.  The LEED Green Building Rating system requires basic commissioning and includes credits for more comprehensive commissioning -- see Environmentally Responsible Design, in Section DC 0 - Facility Design Criteria.

Under a design-build contract, the Design-Builder would normally be responsible for all testing and inspection, whether it is required by the building code or required by the Owner. The Owner may decide to have some testing performed by an independent agency (to maintain the testers' objectivity) this is most likely to be critical structural testing, such as for concrete, masonry, or steel. In that event, it is likely that there will remain a considerable amount of testing that the Design-Builder is responsible for.

Coordinate any State, local or Agency requirements for code required special inspections as in some cases there may be requirements for special inspections consultants to be directly employed by the Owner or by the Owner’s agent.

This post-occupancy survey article may be used in any way the Owner and Design-Builder agree. For instance, such a survey may be the yardstick by which overall satisfaction is rated, for purposes of monetary incentives. All terms such as incentives should be included in the Agreement.

Inclusion of the actual survey questions in the Contract Documents is necessary if the Design-Builder's performance will be judged by the answers to them. However, this sort of survey is really only valid if the occupants have been informed of the design criteria in advance and agree with the actual goals of the building - participation of the occupants in the design process is very valuable in this respect.

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01 3114  (01315) - Facility Services Coordination

This Section describes major project facility systems coordinator; coordination drawings for facility systems.

This Section includes provisions for a position or firm for a qualified coordinator for a major project involving complex services, such as HVAC, electrical and electronic systems, equipment, and controls. Few projects will require such extensive treatment or employment of such a coordinator.

Do not utilize this Section until the scope of services and work has been defined and the necessary knowledge and skills are identified in concert with the Owner, and costs and benefits to the project have been carefully evaluated to justify this requirement.

The text is concerned mainly with HVAC and electrical work. Systems, such as building automation systems, are generally included in sustainable design and complex project types. As these needs can vary considerably depending on the facility type and scope, be sure to review the project needs closely, as the text may need some further development, expansion and amplification and coordinate accordingly.

This Section may be used for either single contract or multiple contract work; edit text accordingly. In multiple contract work, Contractor responsibility for this coordination must be identified in Section 01100 - Summary.

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01 3216  (01325) - Construction Progress Schedule

This Section describes detailed construction progress schedule requirements (augments Section 01300).

This Section includes procedural requirements for preparation, submittal, and monitoring of the Contractor's progress schedule.  These procedures are most appropriate for complex single contract work, however, they are usually unnecessary for simpler or smaller contracts. Note: Procedures will require extensive editing for multiple contract work.

This Section is based on the assumption that the Contract Documents include Conditions of the Contract that describe basic requirements for submitting and maintaining an official copy of the construction schedule.  This Section is intended to supplement those requirements and will not provide a complete definition of these procedures without such basic requirements. Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

Standard forms of Conditions of the Contract published by AIA, ConsensusDOCS, EJCDC, and DBIA include such basic requirements.  This Section is coordinated with those publications -- if their terms are changed, coordinate this Section with the new terms.

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013329 (01329) - Sustainable Design Reporting

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor to provide supporting documentation of sustainable design; LEED v4 BD+C, and other sustainable facility design and construction certification programs.  NOTE:  This section replaces Sections 013514.01 through 013515 for LEED 2009.

Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying for sustainable design and construction is available at: Specifying for LEED v4 using SpecLink-E.

The Section is intended to explain the importance of the LEED 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.

Specifying "Green" Without LEED:

Although LEED requirements may be considered "green", all "green" provisions are not encompassed in the LEED Rating Systems. In most cases, LEED specification requirements are simply specifier options that may or may not apply to a particular project. BSD SpecLink-E treats these requirements as generic sustainable design requirements so they can be used on projects that do not require LEED certification as well as those projects that do.

In addition, the sustainable design and construction requirements are located in each applicable specification section, rather than gathered together in a single section, so that they can address the issues independently of which rating system is being used. For example, Section 01 5721 - Indoor Air Quality Controls, includes provisions to achieve several LEED Prerequisites and Credits, such as verification of ventilation effectiveness, testing air isolation of residential units, and construction air quality procedures, without mentioning LEED at all!

Any or all of these procedures would be equally valid on projects not requiring LEED certification. The easiest way to identify sections that address sustainable design and construction issues is to review this Section. Although its list of specification sections is intended for the Contractor’s information, it also serves as a checklist for the specifier.

Intelligent editing of this Section requires familiarity with the applicable Rating System document, which is available free-of-charge at  www.usgbc.org. The corresponding LEED Reference Guide 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 building product disclosure and optimization. The construction IAQ plan is also within the Contractor's control.  If incentives are used, be sure not to count any of the Contractor's possible credits in the base rating.

More information about how this Section differs from the older LEED 2009-specific Sections (013514.01 thru 013516.07):

  • LEED v4 BD+C is the only rating system covered at present, but others will be added.
  • Replaces Sections 013514.01 through 013515 for LEED 2009.  

Some key differences are:

  1. No Credit Summary accompanies this Section.
  2. Credits are not explicitly identified in the text. One reason is that v4 does not give them numbers in the Rating System document.
  3. LEED v4 handles materials credits in a very different way than previous versions. This Section sets up procedures and reporting requirements for the MR credits for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization, if the project will attempt to pursue them. The reporting requirements are much more extensive than in previous versions.

Other sections that a sustainable design project is most likely to need are

  • Section 01 3329.04 - Material Content Form
  • Section 01 3329.07 - Prohibited Content Installer Certification
  • Section 01 5713 - Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control
  • Section 01 5721 - Indoor Air Quality Controls
  • Section 01 6000 - Product Requirements
  • Section 01 6116 - Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content Restrictions
  • Section 01 9113 - General Commissioning Requirements
  • Section 01 9114 - Commissioning Authority Responsibilities

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01 3329.04 (01334) - Material Content Form

This Section describes Contractor procedures for gathering information for several LEED v4 MR and EQ credits necessary to submit information about the content of products. By customizing this form, administration and reporting costs may be reduced.

This  Section is used in lieu of 01 3514.01 through 013516.07, and 01 16116.01 which apply only for LEED 2009.

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.

  • MR Building Product Disclosure credits do not require reporting costs of products installed.
  • EQ Low-Emitting Materials requires reporting of costs if furniture is included.
  • Total unit weight/mass is required for calculations if more than one type of content is applicable.

Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying for sustainable design and construction is available at:  SpecLink-E and LEED v4 Material Content Credits.

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01 3329.07  (01335) - Prohibited Content Installer Certification

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor for documenting that no high-VOC accessory materials have been used.  Note: This Section is used in lieu of 01 3516.04 and 01 6116.01 which apply only for LEED 2009.

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 For Printing: A custom style will help make this form print better. You can make a new style specifically for these two forms.  Previewing before printing is highly recommended.  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.

Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying for sustainable design and construction is available at:  SpecLink-E and LEED v4 Low-Emitting Materials.

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  01 3514.01  (01354) - LEED-NC 2009 Credit Summary

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor for documenting LEED 2009 credit intentions; linked to Section 013515 (01355).

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date to October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If one wishes to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project, it means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

Note: Be sure to review the LEED documentation approach at the link:  www.usgbc.org, now available due to the inclusion of LEED 2009 in the LEED Online website  prior to starting the LEED portion of the project requirements, as more options are available to address the LEED Certification process.

This "Section" is for use on projects to be LEED 2009 certified but is not intended to be part of the construction contract documents. Use it to record design decisions and coordinate the specifications that can be used to address LEED credits. For credits that the specs cannot address, you can enter a description of the methods to be used to address them. This Section does not address the submittals to USGBC required to document the credits for certification.

When you choose a design solution that the specs can address, links automatically "turn on" the particular Section and text that specifies the appropriate requirements.

Intelligent use of this Section requires familiarity with the relevant Rating System document which can be obtained free of charge at  www.usgbc.org. The corresponding LEED Reference Guide would also be of considerable assistance to designers and specifiers.

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01 3514.02  (01354) - LEED for Schools 2009 Credit Summary

This Section describes Contractor procedures for documenting LEED 2009 credit intentions; linked to Section 013515 (01355).

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project, that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

This "Section" is for use on projects to be LEED certified but is not intended to be part of the construction contract documents. Use it to record design decisions and coordinate the specifications that can be used to address LEED credits. For credits that the specs cannot address, you can enter a description of the methods to be used to address them. This Section does not address the submittals to USGBC required to document the credits for certification.

When you choose a design solution that the specs can address, links automatically "turn on" the particular Section and text that specifies the appropriate requirements.

Intelligent use of this Section requires familiarity with the relevant Rating System document which can be obtained free of charge at  www.usgbc.org. The corresponding LEED Reference Guide would also be of considerable assistance to designers and specifiers.

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01 3514.03  (01354) - LEED-CS 2009 Credit Summary

This Section describes Contractor procedures for documenting LEED 2009 credit intentions; linked to Section 013515 (01355).

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

This "Section" is for use on projects to be LEED certified but is not intended to be part of the construction contract documents. Use it to record design decisions and coordinate the specifications that can be used to address LEED credits. For credits that the specs cannot address, you can enter a description of the methods to be used to address them. This Section does not address the submittals to USGBC required to document the credits for certification.

When you choose a design solution that the specs can address, links automatically "turn on" the particular Section and text that specifies the appropriate requirements.

Intelligent use of this Section requires familiarity with the relevant Rating System document which can be obtained free of charge at  www.usgbc.org. The corresponding LEED Reference Guide would also be of considerable assistance to designers and specifiers.

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01 3514.04  (01354) - LEED-CI 2009 Credit Summary

This Section describes Contractor procedures for documenting LEED 2009 credit intentions; linked to Section 013515 (01355).

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

This "Section" is for use on projects to be LEED certified but is not intended to be part of the construction contract documents. Use it to record design decisions and coordinate the specifications that can be used to address LEED credits. For credits that the specs cannot address, you can enter a description of the methods to be used to address them. This Section does not address the submittals to USGBC required to document the credits for certification.

When you choose a design solution that the specs can address, links automatically "turn on" the particular Section and text that specifies the appropriate requirements.

Intelligent use of this Section requires familiarity with the relevant Rating System document which can be obtained free of charge at  www.usgbc.org. The corresponding LEED Reference Guide would also be of considerable assistance to designers and specifiers.

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01 3515  (01355) - LEED Certification Procedures

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor for supporting LEED 2009 certification; linked to/from the Credit Summaries.

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

The Section is intended to explain the importance of the LEED 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. If one of the LEED Credit Summaries is prepared first, this Section will be almost completely filled out based on the actual credits to be achieved. Further editing will be required if solutions not available in SpecLink are needed to achieve certain credits.

This Section can be prepared based any of the four primary 2009 LEED Rating Systems of the U.S. Green Building Council, plus five pre-2009 editions -- corresponding to the LEED Credit Summary Sections available.

Intelligent editing of this Section requires familiarity with the applicable Rating System document, which is available free-of-charge at  www.usgbc.org.  The corresponding LEED Reference Guide 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 marked as such. 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, recycled content, local and regional materials, resource reuse, and certified wood. The construction IAQ plan and low-emitting materials credits are also within the Contractor's control. If incentives are used, be sure not to count any of the Contractor's possible credits in the base rating.

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01 3516  (01356) - LEED Submittal Forms

This Section describes procedural requirements relating to LEED 2009 construction contract administration forms.

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

This Section explains how to use the LEED submittal forms.  The forms follow, each in a separate Section so that each starts a new page.  Each form has been designed to fit on a single page using the default page layout, except for the wood and metals product lists, which will probably need more.  Printing in the default page format (CSI style) is acceptable but would be improved by changing the Level 1 justification to "centered" and the Level 2 "Show Number Format" to not.  Larger fonts or margins and additional inserted paragraphs will also make the forms run over one page length.  Previewing before printing is highly recommended.

These forms are intended to be used by the Contractor to submit information needed by the Design Professional to demonstrate that particular credits have been achieved.  In particular, credits that depend on knowing the cost and quantity of certain types of products cannot be achieved without obtaining that information from the Contractor.  These include certified wood, recycled content, rapidly renewable content, locally sourced new products, and reused products.  In addition, a form is provided for each installer to certify that they have not used adhesives, sealants, or composite wood with prohibited VOC content.

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01 3516.01  (01357) - LEED Material Cost Summary Form

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor to document total costs to be used in LEED 2009 calculations.

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

Many of the LEED materials credits require knowledge of the total material cost of the project excluding mechanical, electrical, and architectural equipment. This value can be either 1) the LEED "default" of 45 percent of the total construction cost excluding the General Contractor's overhead and profit, or 2) the actual material cost. Since this option is available, it may be desirable to compare the methods. This summary form requests the material costs from the Contractor, since these costs are not obtainable from a standard Schedule of Values.

The credit for certified wood requires knowledge of the total cost of all wood-containing products. This cost is not obtainable from a standard Schedule of Values.

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01 3516.02  (01358) - LEED Wood-Containing Product List

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor to provide info needed for computing LEED 2009 certified wood credit.

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

Achieving the certified wood credit requires computing the total cost of all wood-containing products on the project. This form is to be used by the Contractor to document the products involved. Other forms needed to document this credit are the Material Cost Summary Form and the New Product Content Form (one for each product).

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01 3516.03  (01359) - LEED Metal-Containing Product List

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor to collect information necessary for LEED 2009 recycled content credits.

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

All steel and many other metal products contain recycled content. If a lot of steel is used on the project, the credit may be achievable using the steel products only. This form is used by the Contractor to identify the products. Other forms necessary are the Material Cost Summary Form and the New Product Content Form (one for each product).

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01 3516.04  (01360) - LEED New Product Content Form

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor to collect LEED 2009 info on recycled, rapidly renewable, and certified wood content.

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

This form is used by the Contractor to document recycled content, certified wood content, and rapidly renewable content. (The rapidly renewable content credit is in LEED-NC but not LEED-CS.) For locally-sourced new products, see "LEED New Product Source Form".
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01 3516.05  (01361) - LEED New Product Source Form

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor to collect LEED 2009 info on regionally produced material credits.

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

This form is used by the Contractor to document local and regional NEW materials. Sources of reused materials are documented on "LEED Reused Materials Form."

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01 3516.06  (01362) - LEED Reused Product Form

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor for collecting info for LEED 2009 reused materials credits.

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

This form is used by the Contractor to submit information about the type and source of reused products, which include any salvaged, refurbished, or otherwise reused product FROM ANOTHER PROJECT. Products that are salvaged from this project for reinstallation do not qualify.

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01 3516.07 (01363) - LEED Prohibited Content Installer Certification

This Section describes procedures for the Contractor to document that only low-emission products have been used for LEED 2009.

Note:  One should take into account U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised the LEED 2009 project registration cutoff date of October 31, 2016; at some time after this date this Section will be withdrawn; the certification the sunset date remains June 30, 2021.

(If you wish to preserve the existing Sections, please take the time now to create a new project and select all the Sections in the range 013514.01 thru 013516.07 and 01 6116.01. If you don’t see these Sections in a new project,  that means that your system has not yet retrieved the updates.)

Some LEED IEQ credits involve prohibitions use of products that adversely affect indoor environmental quality. 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.

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01 3553 - Security Procedures  (01565 - Security Measures)

This Section describes Contractor procedures for security measures including formal security program, entry control, personnel identification, guard service, and miscellaneous restrictions. Section augments Section 01 5000 (01500) with more detail.

This Section includes contractor procedures for security during construction. Consult with Owner and the Owner's insurance counsel to determine extent and kinds of security which are cost effective.

Facilities that provide security, such as fences and locks, are specified in Section 01 5000 (01500) - TEMPORARY FACILITIES AND CONTROLS.

Coordinate with the Owner's security program. Owner may prefer to expand existing programs to cover construction operations; requiring the contractor to be informed of requirements and each party's responsibilities.

Caution: The articles included in this Section may repeat, supplement, or contradict statements described in the project bid documents. For purposes of contract enforceability, review and coordinate those statements as may be required.

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01 4000 - Quality Requirements

014000  (01400) - Quality Requirements

This Section describes testing, inspection, mock-ups, reports, certificates; use of reference standards. Section expands requirements regarding quality assurance and control of the installation.

Topics covered include:

  • Reference standards
  • Mock-ups
  • Testing and inspection services
  • Manufacturers' field services and reports
  • Quality assurance submittals: Design data, certificates, test reports

If there is a need for an integrated exterior mockup(s) or room mockups, it is important to make sure the cost of the mock-up requirements are accounted for the construction estimate. Review and coordinate mockup requirements in individual specification Sections to align with the mock-up requirements selected in this article.

This Section is based on the assumption that the Contract Documents include Conditions of the Contract that describe basic requirements for rejection of work and remedies for defective work. This Section is intended to supplement those requirements and will not provide a complete definition of these procedures without such basic requirements. Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

Standard forms of Conditions of the Contract published by AIA, ConsensusDOCS, EJCDC, and DBIA include such basic requirements.  This Section is coordinated with those publications -- if their terms are changed, coordinate this Section with the new terms.

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01 4100  (01410) - Regulatory Requirements

This Section describes the list of regulations applicable to project; for information or as design criteria.

This Section can be used to list all the codes and other regulations that apply to the project.  The list may be for the information of contractors, or it may be use as the basic, fundamental design criteria for a design-build project.  

On a design-build project, see Section DC0, Facility Design Criteria, for further definition of "the code" as it applies to the project.

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01 4216  (01422) – Definitions

This Section describes definitions not specific to other Sections and not in the General Conditions.

This Section includes definitions of some common terms that are fundamental to the Specifications and which are not usually defined in the General Conditions.

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01 4219  (01425) - Reference Standards

This Section describes reference standards full title and edition date; use of reference standards. Section augments Section 014000).

This Section is used to assemble a comprehensive list of all the standards referenced in the project manual, with or without edition dates. It also includes requirements for compliance with reference standards used in the project manual and for requiring copies of standards at the site.

If this Section is used, the REFERENCE STANDARDS article in Section 014000 - Quality Requirements would not be used.

Caution: Some standard forms of General Conditions make statements about use of referenced standards in the specs, including assumptions about edition dates. Be sure to review the general conditions used for the project and edit the QUALITY ASSURANCE article to avoid repetition or conflict.

NOTE:  This list of reference standards cited in your project can be generated automatically by the software.  It is not necessary to manually select each cited reference standard in this Section, or manually coordinate the list in this section with the rest of the specification sections.

To activate this feature in your SLE project, open the Summary Info Dialog Box.  In the upper right hand corner, find the "References" group of check boxes.   Select the “Consolidated List of Citations” choice.  Then, each reference standard cited by an active paragraph in an active specification section of your project will "turn on" the corresponding bibliographic listing for that standard in Section 014219 (01425).

To also include reference standard edition dates in the final print or PDF version of your project manual, check the "Print Reference Edition Dates" box.

Note: Since the release of the Reference Standards Manager tool, legacy obsolete reference standards appear in all black text with the reference edition date appearing in green choice text; obsolete reference standards appearing as all green text with no hyperlink were processed after the release of the Reference Standards Manager tool and will appear this way moving forward.

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01 4533  (01453) - Code-Required Special Inspections

This Section describes Special Inspections required by International Building Code.

The user is strongly advised to become familiar with the requirements of Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC) and the related codes incorporated for reference before using this Section.

This Section is intended to help the Design Professional prepare the Statement of Special Inspections required in order to obtain a building permit. This Section is also intended to help the Design Professional understand the roles and responsibilities of the parties in the Special Inspection process.

This Section can also serve as a project-specific scope document that the Design Professional uses, or provides to the Owner, to assist in drawing up a contract with the entity responsible for Special Inspections.

The Optional Checklist at the beginning of the Section can help the user select the items requiring Special Inspection appropriate to this project.

The IBC also requires that either the Owner or the Design Professional, acting as the Owner's Agent, employ the Special Inspector(s).

The Design Professional may require that subconsultants prepare their own Statements of Special Inspections.  In that case, the user will have to edit this Section to reflect this requirement.  It would also be simple to use this Section as a template to create separate Special Inspections Sections for each discipline, material or system.

There may be one overall Special Inspector charged with managing and coordinating the entire project's special inspection program, separate Special Inspectors assigned to different construction materials or processes, a separate Special Inspector assigned to manage and coordinate inspections and testing within a given design or engineering discipline or some combination of the above.

For the purposes of this Section, references will be to a single Special Inspector, whether that Special Inspector is responsible for testing and inspecting all of, some of or just one specific construction material or process.

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01 5000 - Temporary Facilities and Controls

01 5000  (01500) - Temporary Facilities and Controls

This Section describes requirements for the Contractor to provide that are not optional, such as utilities, facilities, services, and their removal.

Caution: Edit this Section carefully to avoid over-specifying, as this can increase the project cost unnecessarily. The Contractor is normally required to provide all temporary facilities that he needs whether they are specified or not. Use this Section to define specifics that are not optional. Completing this Section should be based on a full understanding of  the Owner’s needs, phasing (if any), and the project scope.

  • Temporary utilities to be used during the work, and subsequent removal. This Section requires the Contractor to pay for all utilities required, whether specified or not. If other requirements apply, use Section 015100 - TEMPORARY UTILITIES (01510).
  • Telecommunications services, including internet, email, fax, phones, and computer equipment.
  • Sanitary facilities.
  • Temporary project control devices, barriers and enclosures; plant and tree protection.
  • Waste removal facilities and services.
  • Use of access roads and parking.
  • Signage.
  • Field offices.

Determine the deadline for the Contractor’s removal of temporary utilities, equipment, facilities, and materials: prior to Substantial Completion Inspection or Final Application for Payment, etc.

This Section is based on the assumption that the Contract Documents include Conditions of the Contract that include the basic requirement to provide all temporary facilities necessary to accomplish the work. This Section is intended to supplement those requirements and will not provide a complete definition of that issue. Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

Standard forms of Conditions of the Contract published by AIA, ConsensusDOCS, EJCDC, and DBIA include such basic requirements. This Section is coordinated with those publications -- if their terms are changed, coordinate this Section with the new terms.

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01 5100 (01510) - Temporary Utilities

This Section describes requirements for the Contractor to provide electricity, lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, and water; in more detail than 01 5000.

This Section can be used alone or to expand on the requirements of Section 015000 (01500) regarding provision of temporary utilities to be used during the work, and subsequent removal, described to permit direct reference from individual product specification Sections. Utility service must be provided by either the Owner or the Contractor, as identified in respective articles of this Section.

Section 01 5000 - TEMPORARY FACILITIES AND CONTROLS covers temporary utilities only to a basic performance level; i.e. requiring the Contractor to provide them, but without specifying exactly what is required. This Section would be used when a detailed description of the utility capacity and/or function is required. For multiple contract projects this Section may be necessary to specify utility services provided by one Contractor for the other Contractors' use.

Note: Telephone, field offices, and sanitary facilities are included in other Sections.

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01 5213 - Field Offices and Sheds  (01525 - Field Offices)

This Section augments Section 01 5000 if more detail is necessary.

Use this Section in lieu of the corresponding article in Section 01 5000 - TEMPORARY FACILITIES AND CONTROLS (01500) when the project requires a more detailed description of this subject.

This Section includes basic requirements for temporary buildings and furnishings required during construction, provided by the contractor, and removed at completion of Work.

Optional text provides for use of space in existing buildings or for use of space in permanent construction when enclosed. Completing this Section should be based on a full understanding of  the project scope and the Owner’s needs for on-site space for their personnel, theArchitect/Engineer, or their subconsultants.

In multiple contract work the responsible contractor needs to be identified in Section 01 1000 - SUMMARY (01100).

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01 5500  (01550) - Vehicular Access and Parking

This Section describes Augments Section 01 5000 if more detail is necessary.

This Section includes requirements for temporary access roads and parking areas provided by Contractor and traffic regulation and signs. This Section is intended for major project sites, undeveloped sites, and for Owner-occupied sites with limited access. Completing this Section should be based on a full understanding of  the project scope and the Owner’s needs to avoid over specifying -- Section 015000 - TEMPORARY FACILITIES AND CONTROLS covers use of (or prohibition on the use of) existing roads and parking areas.
In multiple-contract work the responsible Contractor needs to be named in Section 011000 - SUMMARY.

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01 5713  (01575) - Temporary Erosion and Sedimentation Control

This Section describes performance and prescriptive requirements for temporary erosion and sedimentation control; remedies for non-compliance.

Erosion includes loss and movement of soil due to running water and wind. Sedimentation is pollution of rivers, streams, lakes, and storm and sanitary sewers due to runoff containing suspended soil. Erosion and sedimentation control is required by U.S. EPA regulations and many state and local jurisdictions; verify applicable regulations and NPDES Permitting Authority requirements to complete this Section. The LEED Green Building Rating System includes one prerequisite that requires preventive measures during construction. Other sustainable design and construction facility programs have similar criteria to be considered.

Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying for sustainable design and construction is available at: Specifying for LEED v4 using SpecLink-E.

Most states have been authorized to implement the federal NPDES stormwater program; the EPA Construction General Permit and Multi-Sector General Permit apply only in areas where EPA is the permitting authority.

This Section requires the Contractor to minimize erosion and prevent sedimentation due to construction activities and to assume the Owner's regulatory responsibilities. Permanent measures to control erosion and sedimentation, also required by regulations, must be accomplished by site and landscape design, new or existing vegetation, and/or new erosion control structures, all of which must be detailed on the drawings or specified elsewhere.

Most erosion and sedimentation control regulations impose fines on the property Owner for non-compliance. The potential liability of the Owner depends on the amount of ground area where the surface cover will be disturbed by construction activities, leaving exposed soil, the length of time the surface remains exposed, and the likelihood of rain or high wind conditions. Although actual erosion is undesirable, the most difficult issue to deal with is sedimentation. Sedimentation is subtle, often invisible, and rivers, lakes, and sewers are extremely difficult or impossible to remediate. On urban sites, storm and sanitary sewers are affected. On rural and suburban sites, rivers, lakes, and other waterways both on and off the property must be protected.

The principal specifying method is by performance, stating the required results and penalties for failure (e.g. restoration of eroded soils and payment of fines levied by authorities having jurisdiction). The preventive measures are left up to the Contractor, unless specific temporary measures are specified. Many states have published manuals with Best Management Practices and soil and vegetation information relevant to the climate and terrain. A relevant manual can be specified as basic design criteria for preventive measures if there are no regulatory requirements.

Specific temporary measures that can be specified include:

  • construction traffic entrances
  • linear sediment barriers (silt fences, straw bales, etc.)
  • protection of existing storm drains from sedimentation
  • temporary splash pads for downspout and storm water outlets
  • protection of soil stockpiles
  • mulch on bare surfaces
  • temporary cover by seeding

The Contractor is required to submit an erosion control plan, which may match or exceed the requirements of authorities having jurisdiction. Depending on the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), the Owner may be required to hire an independent inspector or require the Contractor to submit periodic test reports and photographs.

See Related Sections for some locations in the specifications where permanent measures could be specified.

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01 5721 - Indoor Air Quality Controls  (01734 - Indoor Air Quality)

This Section describes indoor air quality controls procedures & testing under contractor's control; some LEED/Sustainable Design and Construction issues to consider.

This Section includes good construction practices plus tests and inspections to verify that the design and specified materials actually do what they are supposed to do. Low-VOC products and other products that reduce the potential sources of indoor pollution must be specified elsewhere. Ventilation systems and smoking rooms must be designed, specified, and detailed elsewhere.  This Section can be used for non-LEED projects.

Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying for sustainable design and construction is available at: Specifying for LEED v4 using SpecLink-E.

This Section includes some measures that can be applied toward LEED v4 BD+C certification. See  www.usgbc.org for more information. The prerequisites and credits addressed by this Section are:

  • Increased ventilation effectiveness (tests specified in this Section).
  • IAQ management plan, SMACNA procedures, protection of materials from moisture, good quality filters replaced immediately prior to occupancy (procedures specified in this Section).
  • Residential unit air isolation testing.

When specifying requirements for a project involving an existing building, be careful not to specify limits that the Contractor cannot possibly meet due to pre-existing conditions.

Note: The cost of energy consumed in the building flush-out option in the Air Quality Assessment LEED v4 point for should also be evaluated as part of the decision making process.

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01 5813 - Temporary Project Signage  (01585 - Project Signs)

This Section describes project identification sign; other optional signs.

This Section includes basic requirements for temporary project identification and informational signs required during construction, and removal at completion of Work. Edit text when necessary to provide for signs to be mounted on existing or new structures. In multiple-contract work the responsible contractor is identified in Section 01100 - SUMMARY.

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01 6000 - Product Requirements

01 6000  (01600) - Product Requirements

This Section describes product options; delivery, storage, and protection.

This Section covers general requirements for products and how the Contractor is to choose between available options. Good practices for transportation, handling, storage and protection are included. Section references using Section 01 2500 for specifying Substitution Procedures.

Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying materials and products for sustainable design and construction can be found under: Specifying for LEED v4 using SpecLink-E.

This Section needs to be carefully coordinated with Instructions to Bidders (if any) and the Conditions of the Contract.

The overarching assumption is the Contract Documents include Conditions of the Contract that include basic requirements to provide all the products necessary to accomplish the work, including delivery, storage, and handling. This Section is intended to supplement those requirements and will not provide a complete definition of that issue. Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

Standard forms of Conditions of the Contract published by AIA, ConsensusDOCS, EJCDC, and DBIA include such basic requirements.  This Section is coordinated with those publications -- if their terms are changed, coordinate this Section with the new terms.

(This section was most recently updated to coordinate with the MasterFormat 2016 Update. This update does not require changes to any technical sections. When a technical section refers to Section 01 6000 for substitutions. Section 01 6000, in turn, directs them for specifics to a new Substitution Procedures Section 01 2500. This redirection occurs in the following sequences in Section 01 6000:

· 0010 – Yellow link to 01 2500.
· 0015 – Yellow link to 01 2500. This paragraph is turned on by 0137.
· 0136 – "SUBSTITUTION LIMITATIONS" is turned on automatically by turning on PART 3.
· 0137 – Yellow link to 0015 is turned on automatically by 0136.

In Section 01 2500, we wanted to create the least disruption to the technical sections; therefore we structured the flow THROUGH, and not AROUND, section 01 6000.)

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01 6116  (01616) - Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content Restrictions

This Section describes VOC restrictions that exceed regulatory requirements.

Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying low VOC emitting materials for sustainable design and construction is available at:  SpecLink-E and LEED v4 Low-Emitting Materials.

This Section defines its own scope, listing the products that must comply as well as the requirements.  These limitations may be used on any project but specifically address low-emitting materials credits for LEED, GreenGlobes, and CHPS.

There are two types of VOC restrictions specified in this Section: 1) conventional VOC content limits, measured in g/L or similar units, and 2) indoor VOC emissions concentration limits.  VOC content limits are intended to reduce outdoor ground-level ozone and smog and are usually enacted by law (regulatory). Indoor emissions restrictions are intended to reduce indoor VOC levels for health of the occupants and are, so far, voluntary.  VOCs are emitted from many products besides the familiar wet-applied products like paints and adhesives.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was the first to establish indoor VOC concentration limits (for schools) and to write a test method.  Several evaluation services now test and certify products for compliance to the CDPH standard -- the two main ones being UL Environment (GreenGuard) and SCS Global Services.

The LEED v4 credit for Low-Emitting Materials requires all interior products to be tested to the CDPH indoor emissions standard.  In addition, it requires wet-applied products to comply with conventional VOC content limits using the most stringent of regulatory requirements regardless of project location (i.e. California rules).

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) has also adopted the CDPH standard and provides a database of products.

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01 6116.01  (01617) - Accessory Material VOC Content Certification Form

This Section describes documenting no high-VOC accessory materials have been used. 

Note: 01 3329.07  (01335) - Prohibited Content Installer Certification replaces this Section for LEED v4 and other sustainable design projects using other certification entities. Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying for sustainable design and construction is available at: Specifying for LEED v4 using SpecLink-E.

Note: 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.

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01 7000 - Execution and Closeout Requirements

01 7000 - Execution and Closeout Requirements (01700 - Execution Requirements)

This Section describes basic installation requirements; cutting/patching; cleaning; starting and demonstration of systems, etc., closeout.

This Section includes general execution requirements that apply to most types of work on the project. Completing this Section should be based on a full understanding of  the Owner’s needs and the project scope.  Be careful not to over-specify, as this can increase the project cost unnecessarily.  Topics covered include:

  • General project conditions.
  • Examination and preparation.
  • Pre-installation meetings.
  • Field engineering and project layout.
  • General installation/application/erection requirements.
  • Cutting and patching.
  • Progress cleaning.
  • Protection of installed work.
  • Starting of equipment and systems.
  • Adjusting.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Demonstration and instruction of Owner personnel.
  • Contractor's Punch List requirements
  • Closeout procedures, except payment procedures.

This Section is based on the assumption that the Contract Documents include Conditions of the Contract that include basic requirements to do all the work necessary and for contract closeout. Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

This Section is intended to supplement those requirements and will not provide a complete definition of that issue. Standard forms of Conditions of the Contract published by AIA, ConsensusDOCS, EJCDC, and DBIA include such basic requirements.  

This Section is coordinated with those publications -- if their terms are changed, coordinate this Section with the new terms.

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01 7419 - Construction Waste Management and Disposal  (01732 - Waste Management)

This Section describes Waste management plan; landfill diversion proposals; waste disposal reports.

This Section specifically addresses procedures to implement recycling, salvage, and reuse when such procedures are not voluntarily implemented by the Contractor. It also provides the documentation necessary to show that landfill diversion has been significant enough to warrant award of points toward LEED Certification or similar sustainable design and construction programs.

There are three levels of requirements:

  1. The Contractor is instructed to do his best to reduce waste and landfill disposal. No level of achievement is specified or mandated.
  2. The Owner is willing to pay extra for certain recycling or salvage procedures but is uncertain as to which might be reasonable. A Landfill Alternatives Proposal must be submitted by the Contractor, from which the Owner chooses acceptable alternatives, which are added to the contract sum. (This could also be implemented by means of voluntary or specified alternates, prior to acceptance of bids.)
  3. The Contractor is required to recycle or salvage certain specified materials regardless of cost and do his best on the rest. In this case, the Owner may or may not pay more, depending on which materials are required to be recycled/salvaged and which are optional.

Periodic Waste Disposal Reports are used to document all trash, waste, salvage, and recyclables removed from the site. The Reports require identification of type and quantity of material recycled, salvaged, and reused on the site trash/waste sent to landfills and otherwise disposed of. Waste Disposal Reports are included for all options.

A formal Waste Management Plan is useful in educating the Contractor on his options and providing an enforceable procedures document. The Waste Management Plan is optional.

For alterations projects, salvage for relocation in project and for the Owner's use may be specified in Section 01100 - Summary.
Prevention of waste by good practices is included in other Sections because that applies whether or not a formal waste management program is required.

  • Section 01600 includes good delivery, storage, and handling procedures.
  • Section 01700 includes field measurement to avoid excess and protection of installed work.

This Section is based on guidelines presented in:

  • LEED Rating System, by U.S. Green Buildings Council, www.usgbc.org.
  • WasteSpec, by the Triangle J Council of Governments, www.tjcog.org, which also publishes case studies and an environmental rating system for county government buildings.

Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying for sustainable design and construction is available at: Specifying for LEED v4 using SpecLink-E.

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017800  (01780) - Closeout Submittals

This Section describes Project record documents; O & M data and manuals; warranties/bonds.

This Section includes procedural requirements for preparation and submittal of project record documents, operation and maintenance data required in individual Sections of specifications, and warranties and bonds.

Specify detailed data requirements for specific products and items of work in individual product Sections. Cross reference back to this Section from each Section requiring operation and maintenance data. Consult with the Owner to determine specific requirements.

This Section is based on the assumption that the Contract Documents include Conditions of the Contract that include basic requirements for project record documents and warranties that extend beyond one year. This Section is intended to supplement those requirements and will not provide a complete definition of that issue. Content should focus on specific administrative and procedural requirements and variables directly applicable to the specific needs of the project.

Standard forms of Conditions of the Contract published by AIA, ConsensusDOCS, EJCDC, and DBIA include such basic requirements.  This Section is coordinated with those publications -- if their terms are changed, coordinate this Section with the new terms.

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017900  (01820) - Demonstration and Training

This Section describes Procedures for Owner-personnel demonstration, training; scope list. This Section should be used if full commissioning is required.

This Section describes requirements that apply to all types of demonstration and training. Although it primarily applies to operating equipment and systems, it actually applies to anything the Owner wishes to have demonstrated or personnel formally trained on. For example, there is a lot of "architectural" equipment for which training would improve the facility's operational efficiency. In addition, such items as roofing have specific maintenance and repair requirements.

Note:  This Section is more detailed than the article "Demonstration and Instruction" in Section 01 7000 - Execution Requirements. Use one or the other, not both.

Commissioning: This Section should be used if full commissioning is required -- see Section 01 9113 - General Commissioning Requirements. The scope of training is usually more extensive on projects on which commissioning is required than other projects. Edit the list of training to be accomplished. This Section contains references to submittals that go to the Commissioning Authority; if full commissioning is not required all submittals should be submitted the same as shop drawings, samples, etc.

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01 9000 - Life Cycle Activities

01 9113 - General Commissioning Requirements (01810  Commissioning)

This Section describes Commissioning  scope, objectives, procedures, Contractor's responsibilities.

This Section includes an optional checklist and many options to accurately reflect the responsibilities and many provisions that apply to commissioning any type of product or system.

Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying for sustainable design and construction is available at: Specifying for LEED v4 using SpecLink-E.

This Section, and related commissioning provisions, is based on the assumption that an independent Commissioning Authority will be engaged to prepare the Commissioning Plan, Commissioning Schedule, and the Training Plan; conduct reviews of the O&M data; prepare and approve filled-out Prefunctional Checklists; and prepare Functional Test procedures and witness Functional Tests.

The Contractor is responsible for startup reports, submitting the Prefunctional Checklists, and performing Functional Tests on each item to be commissioned. It is also assumed that Commissioning Plan, Prefunctional Checklists, and Functional Test procedures are not complete at the time of award of the construction contract.

The responsibilities defined in this Section are based on the Model Commissioning Specifications of Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI), which were developed with support from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Model Specifications can be found at  www.peci.org.

Much of the content of the Model specifications is included in this Section and the following Sections, although the organization has been modified to fit the existing SpecLink Section organization:

  • Section 01780 - Closeout Submittals: O&M manuals and project record documents; general requirements.
  • Section 01820 - Demonstration and Training: General requirements.
  • Section 15012 - Commissioning of HVAC: Scope of commissioning; control system functional testing; HVAC O&M and training.
  • Section 15940 - Sequence of Operation: Detailed sequences submittals.
  • Section 15950 - Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing.

If HVAC will be commissioned, use all of the above Sections. In addition, you may wish to add Functional Test definitions to major equipment specifications, or any other Sections for that matter. PECI's Model specifications include some samples, which are also referenced to give the Contractor some idea of the degree of detail anticipated.

Some of the responsibilities of the Commissioning Authority are defined in this Section, so that the Contractor knows what they are. Other duties, especially design phase activities, can be defined using Section 01815 (01 9114) - Commissioning Authority Responsibilities. That Section does not need to be included in the contract documents but including it for the Contractor's information will not be detrimental.

That Section can be used to scope a Request for Proposal for a Commissioning Authority contract.

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01 9114  (01815) - Commissioning Authority Responsibilities

This Section describes the independent commissioning agent (Commissioning Authority) contracted directly to Owner.

This is not a typical specification Section because the Commissioning Authority described is not a party to the construction contract. Note: This Section is not intended to be included in the Contract Documents, although inclusion for the information of the Contractor would facilitate understanding and communications.

Additional detailed information to fully understand the approach for specifying for sustainable design and construction is available at: Specifying for LEED v4 using SpecLink-E.

The Commissioning Authority reports directly to the Owner, or if a Construction Manager as the Owner’s agent is utilized, then directly to the Construction Manager. The Commissioning Authority can be involved throughout the design phase or only for the construction phase. LEED Certification requires construction phase commissioning; design phase reviews, production of a Recommissioning Manual, and post-occupancy reviews may be pursued for an additional LEED Credit.

This Section includes an optional checklist and many options to accurately reflect the responsibilities of the Design Professional and the Commissioning Authority -- who prepares which parts of the construction contract documents (i.e. bidding documents) and when. Note that if the bidding documents include general commissioning requirements and enough scope description to allow the Contractor to prepare a valid proposal, much of the Commissioning Authority's documentation may be postponed until after the contract is awarded.

Caution: Before editing this Section, one should read the following Sections:

  • Section 01 9113 (01810 -- General Commissioning Requirements.)
  • Section 01 7900 (01820 -- Demonstration and Training).
  • Section 23 0800 (15012 -- Commissioning for HVAC).

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