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Construction Industry Resources
Formats, Methods, Associations, Codes, Bonding and Insurance, Certifications
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CSI - Construction Specficiations Institute

(See a press release issued by CSI in October 2004 related to MasterFormat 2004 and CLA infrastructure Costs.)

CSC - Construction Specifications Canada

AIA - American Institute of Architects

International Code Council (ICC) established in 1994 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes.


Construction Document Technology (CDT) - The Construction Documents Technology (CDT) Program provides a comprehensive overview for anyone who writes, interprets, enforces, or manages construction documents. Project architects, contractors, contract administrators, material suppliers, and manufacturers’ representatives are all realizing the advantages of being Construction Documents Technologists.

Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) - CCS certification demonstrates your excellence in specifications and contract document preparation and is the industry's proof that you're on top of the complex demands of your job. Well-written documents are the best insurance for any construction project, making your role as a specifier more and more critical.

Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) - The CCCA designation tells the industry that you truly understand all facets of the construction process and contractual relationships, and that you're skilled at construction contract administration in an era of complex projects, tighter delivery schedules, and shrinking budgets.

Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) - As a product representative, you're a vital source of technical information for the construction team. With CCPR certification, you'll be a sought after industry expert with an in-depth understanding of the overall construction process and superior ability in the principles of effective product representation. Plus CCPR on your business card means you speak the same language as architects – and that opens doors. - A resource for locating certified professionals within the built environment.


Standards and Codes

White Papers and Arcticles

Design Guides and Tutorials

AIA Contract Documents - AIA Contract Documents comprise over 80 forms and contracts that define relationships and terms involved in design and construction projects.

MasterFormat - (1995 Edition and 2004 Edition) - creates order where otherwise there would be chaos. MasterFormat, a master list of numbers and titles, is the basic reference tool used for organizing project manuals, filing project information and identifying cost information for projects. As industry standard in the U.S. and Canada, it is used for both print media and online construction industry databases.

SectionFormat - provides a uniform approach to organizing specification text continued in a project manual. SectionFormat assists in the organization of specification sections by establishing a structure consisting of 3 parts. These parts organize text consistently within each section. SectionFormat was developed to assist in the preparation of all sections.

PageFormat - describes the recommended arrangement of text on a specification page. It provides a system for consistently formatting and designating articles, paragraphs, and subparagraphs; and includes guidance for page numbering, margins, and other aspects of formatting.

Cost Estimating - The Means Building Construction Cost Data 2004 book contains unit costs for more than 23,500 building components. These completely-updated costs are carefully prepared from the experience of thousands of contractors and suppliers in the twelve months just before the book is published.

Trade Publications

Construction Channel - resource for construction industry information and news. - See the links on the lower left side of the main page for links to Builders Exchanges, Licensing Boards, State and Federal Offices, Universities and Colleges and Industry links.


Manufacturers and Distributors (with resources listed on this page)








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