Specifying Buildings

A Design Management Perspective


  • Stephen Emmitt, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • David T Yeomans, Senior Research Fellow, School of Architecture and Building Engineering, The University of Liverpool, UK

Selecting the best materials, techniques and systems for each project and then specifying them correctly to meet all the requirements of quality, time, value, constructability, maintenance and durability is a fundamental aspect of architectural design. It also helps to determine the quality and environmental impact of the project. Specifying Buildings: A Design Management Perspective provides a unique insight into the entire specification process, from selecting materials and products to writing the specification, dealing with changes and minimising risk. This new edition has been extensively revised and includes new case studies, research findings and reviews to illustrate how to translate design intent into building assembly. The book is structured to meet the needs of students on construction-related programmes such as architecture, engineering, surveying and construction management. It provides valuable insights and practical guidance, with end of chapter exercises helping students achieve a thorough understanding of the specification process
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Students learning Specification as part of Architectural Technology, Building Surveying and Construction Management courses.


Book information

  • Published: March 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8450-7


"A comprehensive study of the specification of buildings demonstrating its necessity as an intrinsic part of the design process. This book would benefit any professionals involved in the design stage of the construction of buildings." - Diane Dale, Practice and Technical Director, CIAT “Informed by extensive research and practical experience, the book provides expert guidance which is of use to both the student and professional alike.” — Matthew Peat, BSc (Hons) MSc CEnv MCIOB MCIAT LCGI, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Architectural Technology, Leeds Metropolitan University

Table of Contents

Specifications in context; Specifying design intent; Information sources; The selection process; Writing specifications; Managing the specification process; Specifying ‘new’ building products; Becoming aware of new products; Monitoring the specification of buildings; Observing specifiers; Towards best practice; References; Appendix; Index