How to Write Construction Specifications


Construction specifications must be precise and thorough. Well-written specifications include roles and responsibilities for all laborers, building materials, floor plans and payment expectations. Building specifications must comply with electrical and fire codes, and account for waste removal and environmental factors.

  • Indicate the location and scope of the construction project, including both the interior and exterior labor to be performed. Include all measurements.

  • Specify the building products in detail, listing the make and model of the manufacturer, and any warranties. For example, don't write "oak beams." Instead note the wood's thickness and whether it has been pretreated.

  • Note a payment schedule for the general contractor and all subcontractors. Include information on when requisitions will be due or submitted, establishing a time frame for payment from the client.

  • Highlight procedures for change orders or delays in the course of construction. All change orders must take into account costs associated with redesign, re-engineering and material adjustments.

  • Conclude your specifications with architectural drawings and any related blueprints.

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