Despite the construction industry undergoing a digital transformation with BIM and CAD files becoming a more prominent companion to products, specifications are still considered one of the most important documents to have for your product. In this article we will explore 7 ways that building manufacturers will benefit from having product specifications for their products.

1 - Supporting Documentation for Legal Disputes 

When you have a specification as part of the contractual documents alongside the supported drawings of the product(s), it can help minimize the risks within the project and provide support in the event of a legal dispute.

2 - Helpful Towards the Project Audit

The guide specification concept allows various options to be included in a single specification section.  Options that are not selected are deleted from the guide specification by the design team.  For a manufacturer that wants to have a guide specification section created for their products, they may not necessarily need a specification section for each product if they are variations of the same core product.  

3 - Installation Requirements Are Clear 

While offering a substantial warranty for your product may influence a project manager to select your product, oftentimes they will want guidance on how that warranty comes into effect and what can cause it to be voided. With a specification of your product, you provide them with clear installation requirements that can act as supporting documentation to your warranty policies.

4 - Assists with the Costing of the Project 

If you have a specification of your product, it will be added to the project documentation which considers the materials, products, workmanship and project build.

5 - Relieves the Details Required in Your Drawings

While having a cad or BIM drawing is an important aspect for your product, a specification can help supplement the details of your product without having to list them all on the drawing. You can provide vivid descriptions of how your product is composed and how it will interact with additional product(s).

6 - Supports the Lifecycle Plan for the Project

If your specification clearly indicates the lifecycle of your product then the project manager can use that as part of the estimation for the lifecycle of the project. 

7 - Saves Time and Money for Contractors and Project Managers

If you have a specification of your product, then the contractors can use it to estimate the installation time, identify the process in which the product needs to be installed and have it answer any questions for the product that occur while on site. This in turn will save them time and the project managers will convert that time into saved money.

Providing guide specifications eases the process of specifying your products into a project.

While having product specifications may seem to benefit contractors and project managers the most, as a manufacturer you benefit because your product becomes a viable competitor for the project. If you are looking to get your product specified, reach out to our specialists today for your quote.