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NATSPEC SPECIFICATIONS - 2019 Overview and Production: NS1902

Jocelyn Holley
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
NATSPECDuration: 00:54:18
In this talk, recorded as a part of their 2018 national tour, Jocelyn Holley from NATSPEC addresses the importance and role of good specification writing for architects, engineers, building designers, landscape architects and interior designers. Jocelyn Holley discusses specification writing in Australia and the use of NATSPEC in the preparation of construction specifications, providing many examples from her own experience. She also discusses the options of specifying by performance, prescription or proprietary methods. She talks briefly about how to develop and use office edited work sections from Specbuilder Live, NATSPEC’s online specification compilation software, and how this integrates with Microsoft Word.
This CPD course relates to the following AACA NCSA Elements: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9
  • To understand the role of the specification as one of the contract documents.
  • To appreciate the extent to which a specification communicates design intent and to understand it’s other roles.
  • To appreciate the responsibility taken on board, by the professional, in writing a specification, which will impact all parts of a construction project and the associated personnel and their organisations.
  • To gain an increased understanding of what can go wrong in the writing of a specification, such as the implications of omissions from or duplication in the specification document.
  • To increase awareness of what material is available in assisting the specifier to prepare specifications, from NATSPEC.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    NATSPEC is a national not-for-profit organisation that is owned by the design, build, construct and property industry through professional associations and government property groups. NATSPEC’s objective is to improve the construction quality and productivity of the built environment through leadership of information.

    For over forty years, NATSPEC has been delivering the national, comprehensive construction specification system endorsed by government and professional bodies. NATSPEC, the National Building Specification, is for all building structures with specialist packages for architects, building designers, interior designers, landscape architects, structural engineers, service engineers and domestic owners. AUS-SPEC is the Local Government specification system for the life-cycle management of assets. NATSPEC maintains the National Classification System to assist specification writers organise the content of specifications, and their users to find the information they need. NATSPEC is also responsible for the National BIM Guide and its associated documents.

    NATSPEC is the preferred specification system for major building professionals. Government departments, contractors, consultants and architects endorse NATSPEC. When subscribers were asked how likely they would be to recommend NATSPEC on a scale of 1 to 10, over 20% responded with a 10, with over 60% rating NATSPEC an 8, 9 or 10.

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