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Sep 17th '10 UniFormat 2010


CSI and CSC Release 2010 Edition of UniFormatTM

New edition of system for arranging construction information by functional element updated for new applications, saving design teams time and money

Nick Franjic, CAE Christine Tanner
(416) 777-2198 (800)689-2900 x4784

September 14, 2010 The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) today released a 2010 edition of UniFormat, a method of arranging construction information based on functional elements, or parts of a facility characterized by their functions, without regard to the materials and methods used to accomplish them.

This new edition harmonizes UniFormat with CSIs suite of standards and formats, including MasterFormat 2010 and the new PPDFormat. PPDFormat guides the development of preliminary project descriptions, and when used together with UniFormat represents a comprehensive approach to organizing construction information during the design stage.

With this new edition of UniFormat, estimators and design teams can stay on budget and save time from the point when construction documentation development begins, said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe, P.E., CSI, CAE. These updates are the result of hard work by a group of dedicated American and Canadian professionals, and were delighted with the result.

Weve been working towards harmonization for five years, and the result will provide tremendous benefits for the construction industry, said CSC President Corinne Golding, RSW. In addition to saving time and money, UniFormat 2010 will play an important role in facilitating BIM by organizing data attached to a model during the preliminary design stages.

Changes in the 2010 edition of UniFormat include:

  • Moving stairs from Category C Interiors to B Shell.
  • Reorganizing Category D Services to reflect more of a systems approach with generic functional categories.
  • Providing standardized numbers for Level 4 titles throughout UniFormat.
  • Entries to classify Related Activities separate from physical elements in the A Substructure and G Sitework elements.These activities may still be included with functional elements as appropriate.
  • Placing supplementary components for many functional elements into separate categories to avoid repeating them with each functional element. The Supplementary Components can also be included with each functional element in that category as appropriate.

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UniFormat breaks a facility into systems and assemblies that perform a predominating function, such as substructure, shell, interiors, and services, without defining the technical solutions to provide these functions. This allows the facility to be priced at the elemental level, allowing design alternatives to be better evaluated, and allows facility performance to be established at the system level as the project design is being refined.

About CSI
CSI is a national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery. The organization is unique in the industry in that its members are a cross-section of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors and building materials suppliers. The organization has 148 chapters and more than 13,000 members. Monthly Chapter meetings allow members the opportunity to communicate openly with their counterparts and exchange information for successful project management. CSI is renowned in the industry for its rigorous certification programs for professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of accurate and concise construction documents. CSI provides continuing education, professional conferences and product shows. For more information, visit, or call 800.689.2900

About CSC

CSC is a national multi-disciplinary, non-profit association with chapters across Canada. In the construction industrys fast-paced environment, the need for and value of CSC is greater than ever bringing together individuals from all segments of the Candian construction industry. CSC is committed to ongoing development and delivery of quality education programs, publications and services for the betterment of the construction community. For more information, visit, or call (416) 777-2198.