Utilized by manufacturers as a primary marketing tool, product guide specifications promote the use of products. A well-written and annotated guide specification goes beyond a marketing brochure to educate the design professional and support the proper use and application of products and materials for building projects.

Well written guide specifications promote quality products that in turn contribute to good design. Good design is expressed when the design professional receives the appropriately specified products on their project, and when contractors and

product representatives may competitively bid in compliance with project specifications without processing substitution requests. Accurate and detailed product guide specification information assists the design professional to ensure that they receive the products as specified and that they are properly installed on projects in accordance with the manufacturer without variables inherent in product substitutions.

Product Marketing and Specification Issues:

* Product Design Intent: Correct and concise guide specifications ensure the interests of the Owner, Design Professional, and the product Manufacturer are being met.

* Limit Omissions: Standardized formatting of information limits the potential omission of critical information.

* Control Procedures: Division 01 – General Requirements sections establish control of review and approval processes.

* Specify “Work Results”: Defined in MasterFormat as; “permanent or temporary aspects of construction projects achieved in the production stage or by subsequent alteration, maintenance, or demolition processes, through the application of a particular skill or trade to construction resources.”

TAC has been providing quality guide specifications for a diverse listing of manufacturers throughout the United States on a variety of products and evidence of this is provided throughout this website.