Who We Are

SpecPack Pty Ltd was established in 1987 by David Nall, an architect with many years’ experience. The purpose of the company is to create and market simple architectural specification systems for PC and Mac which offer clarity and brevity for the design professional.

SpecPack is for use in projects of more than $3 million and can be used by any design professional within the field. SpeedSpec is an ideal product for a range of projects up to about $4 million and is a great resource for the growing practice. And HomeSpec is a specification booklet designed for home designers, builders and renovators. It is the result of requests for a slim but professional spec for small projects.

Our products are sold outright and are not sold under licence. All products come with User Guides and are updated every 12-18 months. Our staff offer basic help where needed and offer Spec-writing services if required. With over 2,500 clients, including architectural practices, building designers, interior designers, engineers and councils and over 26 years experience we can help with any specification needs. (for SpecPack owners only)

Why write an Architectural Specification?

There are some things in an architect’s life which simply must be done: cleaning cars, paying taxes, and writing specifications. But why have specifications anyway? What is it about a specification which makes it a necessity? Well, for those who weren’t listening at architecture school (assuming it was on the syllabus for more than a day or two), there are some very good reasons.

It is possible for a brick wall to stand up for a few months with 10% of the correct amount of lime and cement in the mortar but you all know what will happen when the owner proudly leans against the wall, welcoming his guest . . . It has even been known for a roof to leak during the first dinner party (the architect was not invited for a second!).

Drawings cannot always show the designer’s intention regarding a particular installation technique. It needs carefully prepared words in the specification.

Drawings define quantity and location. Specifications define quality, something clients expect and want in the construction of their buildings. They are paying enough, they claim. They are appalled at the cost. Frankly, most architects have their neck saved more times than they know by the skill and competence of the builder.

If the architect does not specify the quality of materials, workmanship and installation in a carefully prepared contract document that protects the client’s interest, they may as well visit the casino with the client’s blank cheques. And furthermore, in these days of Compulsory Professional Indemnity Insurance, careless specifiers will soon be divorced from the profession.

What is an Architectural Specification Basis?

An Architectural Specification Basis is a template for the design professional to communicate with the contractor and to realise the goals of the client and the designer. Our 3 Architectural Specification Bases are Microsoft® Word documents which include the basic information for each trade, to which you add the variables for each project. They are brief but professional, easy to edit and easy to read.

Our goal is to make your work faster and your specifications more practical. You do not need to tell the builder how to build but you do need to ensure quality and compliance with the BCA and Australian Standards. SpecPack products facilitate this by citing the references in each trade section.

Writing Greener Specs

At SpecPack, we are committed to supplying spec bases that meet the needs of our users. We are also keen to facilitate the construction of more sustainable buildings to ultimately lower costs, both financial and social. To this end, throughout 2012 and 2013, we collaborated with Ecotect-Architects to develop ‘green’ clauses to integrate into our standard specification bases.

Garry Baverstock - Ecotect Architects

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