The architectural specification system for residential and smaller commercial construction projects.

Perfect for most small to medium construction projects.

Masterspec's Basic library has everything a designer needs to specify less technically complicated building projects to the same high standard as larger construction projects.

With 704 General, Technical and Branded sections*, Basic allows you to create the kind of project-specific specification in demand by councils and authorities alike. Sections cover the entire project life from demolition and foundations to external finishing and landscaping.

Basic is ideal for the less detailed structure up to 3 stories high. 

Choosing between the Basic and Minor library? Watch this comparison video to decide which library suits your projects needs. 

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561 Manufacturers' Branded Sections covering basic construction processes - from foundations to framing to enclosure to finishing inside and out, the list covers a comprehensive 'task/product list' of the most popular materials and systems in New Zealand.

704 Sections in total*, including 21 General sections, 122 Technical sections and 561 Manufacturers' Branded sections.

Always up to date - content reviews & updates are triggered by changes to legislation, standards, industry codes of practice or by the availability of new materials/processes. Updates are published monthly.

Easy to use - our web-based platform allows quick, intuitive & easy specification creation for your project, find out more about the specification workspace.

The structure of Basic follows CBI and clauses appear under General, Products, Execution and Selections division headings. We use the legal-decimal numbering system with the same structure across all work sections.


Choose specific products from our miproducts National Product Database to use in your specification.

Easily reference relevant NZ Standards in your specification documents.

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Tie your CAD drawings to your specification with the MasterKey keynoting tool.


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Masterspec provide Technical Specification writing workshops, check our current training schedule for more detail.

Our industry experts regularly publish articles looking at industry issues and innovation. Browse our Technical Reference library for more.

*Correct as at 17th November 2020



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