Navigating the world of system specifications and bidding work can be complex and confusing, but a standard format exists, and understanding it greatly helps integrators respond and win bids.
In this note, we examine CSI's MasterFormat, a system of dividing up construction work into sections that can quickly and easily be understood by security vendors.
Inside, we explain different divisions (including Div 08, 26, 27 and 28), identify which ones are typically used to classify security systems, and which versions are current.
Standards For New Construction Work
When building new, even small, buildings can involve fifty or more different specialty trades like carpenters, electricians, plumbers, security installers and more. Without dividing the construction into parts, getting the right companies involved is a tough administrative task that can be expensive to manage.
Commercial construction firms, like general contractors or construction management companies, need to break up the individual parts of a building into work the right companies can bid on without involving parts of the building they are not able, willing, or interested in supplying.
The US-based Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI) publishes a framework dividing commercial buildings into trade-organized groupings. This framework is called 'MasterFormat', and is widely adopted in North America by architects, engineers, and construction companies to define parts of a building and standardize the way trades see bid solicitation details.