SpecPack was created in the mid-eighties, when a common practice was to recycle specs from other projects. This frequently resulted in inaccurate, unnecessary information being included, thus producing a “fat” document which reinforced a disrespect for the usefulness of specs by builders and other construction professionals. Other products on the market included far too much data and similarly resulted in an excessive, cumbersome document which undermined an effective quoting process.
SpecPack, now in edition 28 with 137 trade sections, is designed for large commercial and industrial projects and provides sufficient detail to emphasise quality control. (We have clients who use SpecPack for projects of all sizes because they don’t want to risk compromising quality.) Trade sections are between 3 - 5 pages long in most cases. Updates are issued every 12-18 months and cost only $250 (inc GST).
SpecPack is based on a few basic principles. Firstly, the builder doesn’t need to be told how to build. Secondly, the function of the spec is to provide data relating to quality that can’t be easily shown on the drawings. The package provides the key, relevant data to which the specifier adds the specifics of a particular job. This produces a slimmer and more accurate document.
Click the sample below to see a SpecPack Trade Section
Enhanced by the simple, CSI-based structure, SpecPack provides a simply-navigated package as all the trade sections have the same parts and clauses. Once you read a trade section you can anticipate the structure of all the others. This makes it easier for specifier and builder alike. The numbering system is useful as a classification tool for brochures, books and other data either on computer or in hard copy.
The SpecPack document file contains 'hidden text', which can be made visible in Microsoft Word.
SpecPack is purchased outright and not provided under licence. This means it becomes YOUR document which you customise to meet the needs of your own practice, in terms of content, presentation and style and you are free to use it in accordance with the Conditions of Use.
Updates are offered each year and include a marked-up copy of the previous edition to facilitate the editing of your customised spec instead of replacing it. It is important to mention however, that the update in SpecPack Edition 28 has been so extensive, that this may not be practical!
- A file of trade sections, in formats suitable for PC or Mac in Microsoft Word 2010.
We also have special files for Mac users with 'Pages'.
- A folder of the trade sections (137) supplied separately for individual trade tendering.
- A Sustainability Guide.
- Checklists of items for some of the trades which serves as “memory” triggers while specifying.
- A set of schedules in a separate folder.
- A set preliminary documents.
- Many trades have been streamlined, reducing repetition between documentation elements.
- A new BASIC Design Risk Assessment spreadsheet for the review of material choices, etc.
- A revised User Guide.
SpecPack costs $1,875 (inc GST)NOTE: SpecPack is not available for sale outside Australia.
SpecPack Products - Conditions of Use
- SpecPack, SpeedSpec and HomeSpec are protected by COPYRIGHT and may be used by the purchaser, the purchaser’s own personnel only, not by any other organisation or person. This means that employees (or sub-contractors) are required to observe copyright and the rights of the copyright holder, using the products exclusively for the purchaser’s projects.
- A separate SpecPack, SpeedSpec and/or HomeSpec must be purchased for use in each office of the same company.
- No part of the content of SpecPack, SpeedSpec or HomeSpec may be used by any other party than the purchaser or the purchaser’s employees while producing specifications for his or her employer.
- SpecPack, SpeedSpec and HomeSpec are master guide specification bases, which must be edited in the preparation of construction project specifications. The specifier adds and deletes material to the trade section specifications for specific projects. When complete, the specifications are published in the name of the specifier and/or his/her company and therefore in no event shall the author, David Nall or SpecPack Pty Ltd be liable for loss or damage to the user arising out of material or information omitted from or obtained from SpecPack products for use on any project.
- SpecPack, SpeedSpec and HomeSpec may not be used to prepare specifications for any entity other than the purchaser without the written approval of the author.
- The hidden text in our documents is offered as advice to the specifier and it is intended that the user uses SpeedSpec, SpeedSpec or HomeSpec and related documents with the hidden text feature active in Microsoft® Word so this data can be seen. No responsibility will be taken in the event of the user not activating this feature.
- Disclaimer: The information in the Sustainability Guide is designed to assist the specification writer, architect or designer in making the correct sustainability decision when specifying a product, system, fixture, fitting or finish. The decisions made by the specifier are his/her own responsibility. It is expected that he/she would perform the usual due diligence in specifying procedures, materials and products which he/she chooses to specify and no responsibility will be accepted by SpecPack Pty Ltd or its employees and associates for those choices.