ARCOM Congratulates Newly Inaugurated 2015 AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) inaugurated Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, as the ninety-first AIA president in Washington, DC, on December 12, 2014.

Workmanship and Quality in MasterSpec

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A detailed discussion of the terms workmanship and quality.

The Difference between Warranty and Guarantee

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Warranty and guarantee sound similar and share a common root, but they can mean completely different things. This is where the subtle differences in language stand out and knowledge of the standard contract documents and "front end" specifications becomes important.

Tips for Specifying Paint

by Joe Berchenko 0 comments
Specifying paint can be difficult, but this is a faster and more cost-effective process when the specifications are prepared by editing prewritten text rather than writing them from scratch.

ARCOM and GreenWizard Form New Partnership

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ARCOM has partnered with GreenWizard to create a software platform interfacing their unique tools to help architects and specifiers better identify building products and materials that fulfill the green and budgetary goals of their projects.

Specifying Lighting Control: Common Types of Lighting Control

by Michael Heinsdorf 1 comments
Lighting control is an effective way to save energy beyond using energy efficient lighting sources and manual or sensor operated switches. A lighting control system controls multiple luminaires at one central point or it may be modular. This type of system allows local control or communicates with building automation systems, and employs energy conservation measures such as daylight harvesting and occupancy sensing. With modern digital communications, the possibilities are essentially limitless, and the integration, operation, and coordination of these systems can become quite complex.

Demystifying Open and Closed Specifications

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Of the four types of specifications—descriptive, performance, reference standard, and proprietary—you'll note that there are two different ways to specify a product in a proprietary specification: open or closed. What do these mean?

A First Look at ARCOM's New Sustainable Design Tool

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This new tool will allow specifiers to easily address sustainability requirements as they edit each MasterSpec section.

ARCOM Unveils New Cloud-Based Sustainability Resource for MasterSpec®

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This new software tool makes the production of accurate specifications more efficient by allowing architects and specifiers to quickly select their sustainability preferences and then globally apply them throughout each MasterSpec specification section.

ARCOM Expands SpecText Master Specification Libraries

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Over the past year, ARCOM has developed and expanded its SpecText library of water and wastewater specification sections to a level unprecedented in the subscription specification market.