Specifying Buildings

2nd Edition

A Design Management Perspective

Authors: Stephen Emmitt David T Yeomans
Paperback ISBN: 9780750684507
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 18th March 2008
Page Count: 272


This product is currently not available for sale.


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

Key Features

Core subject on all Architectural Technology courses, recommended reading for Building Surveying and Construction Management students Deals with the complete specification process, from decision-making to how-to write the brief *Covers hot issues such as sustainable building practices


Students learning Specification as part of Architectural Technology, Building Surveying and Construction Management courses.

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


No. of pages:
© Butterworth-Heinemann 2008
Paperback ISBN:

About the Author

Stephen Emmitt

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

David T Yeomans

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, School of Architecture and Building Engineering, The University of Liverpool, UK


"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