CSI adds post-frame building to MasterFormat Index

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) has added numbers and titles — 13 34 18 Post Frame Building Systems — to MasterFormat.

“Today’s architects are being pressured to deliver cost- and energy-efficient building solutions to their clients. Post-frame construction meets that dual need in a wide variety of light commercial projects. Inclusion of a post-frame category in the MasterFormat will make it easier for the architectural community to incorporate post-frame design concepts into their projects,” says John Hill, chair of the National Frame Building Association.

Architects and specifiers have a simpler, easier-to-use tool to access comprehensive information on post-frame construction. As the market for post-frame buildings expands, so has the need for designers to acquire relevant architectural information about this cost-saving efficient type of construction.

“In the past, many post-frame specifiers were obliged to search through a number of MasterFormat listings to find the section that most closely matched this method of construction. Now they can go directly to the official Post Frame Building Systems section in MasterFormat to locate specifications they need,” says Harvey Manbeck, NFBA technical adviser. “MasterFormat’s action, following a request by the NFBA nearly two years ago, adds further credibility to post-frame building technology, compared to other construction methods.”

CSI is recognized as the foremost architectural specification organization in the world.

The current edition, MasterFormat 2004 Edition, is the organizational standard for specifications. Developed by CSI and CSC, this master list of titles and numbers for organizing data about construction requirements, products and activities is used in some form on virtually all of the commercial and institutional building projects in North America.  The resource aids project delivery by facilitating communication among team members, helping them meet requirements, timelines and budgets.

The current edition helps reduce costly changes and delays due to incomplete, misplaced or missing information. Standardizing the way project information is communicated and stored results in measurable savings in construction costs.

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