Masterspec

Overview: Our Libraries

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Masterspec's eight dedicated libraries allow you to specify almost any construction or engineering project, from the smallest to the largest scale and budget.

Masterspec Libraries

Masterspec libraries are genre-specific collections chosen from our complete database of over 1200 sections. Suitable for Architect and Engineers, Landscapers and Interior Designers, the libraries are structured in consultation with experienced industry professionals to meet your specification needs.

Masterspec Standard

STANDARD

The architectural specification system for commercial, industrial and larger residential projects.

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Masterspec Basic

BASIC

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

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Minor Residential

MINOR

Masterspec's Minor residential library enables you to specify almost all renovations and smaller residential additions.

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Masterspec Structural & Civil

STRUCTURAL & CIVIL

This library is great for commercial, industrial & larger residential buildings as well as major earthworks, road works & infrastructure.

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SCNZ Structural

SCNZ STRUCTURAL

A specialist specification based on SCNZ’s New Zealand Structural Steelwork Specification in Compliance with AS/NZS 5131.

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Masterspec Services

SERVICES

The Engineering system specifying building services for commercial and industrial projects.

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Masterspec Landscapes

LANDSCAPES

The comprehensive specification system for landscape projects

The Masterspec landscape library has been designed by industry experts, specifically for the New Zealand landscape design and construction industry. The system provides pre-formatted libraries of specification clauses that can be pre-edited with a Q&A tool to generate clear, correct, complete specifications that match your project. The clauses are short, the language concise.

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Masterspec Interiors

INTERIORS

The specification system for interiors projects

The Masterspec Interiors system has been designed by experts to suit the needs of the New Zealand construction industry, specifically for Interior designers and architects specifying interiors of both residential and larger projects. The system provides pre-formatted libraries of specification clauses that can be pre-edited by the Q&A tool to generate clear, correct, complete specifications that match your project. The clauses are short, the language concise.

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The Library Structure

Masterspec libraries are structures along the Co-ordinated Building Information (CBI) system that Masterspec administers for the construction industry. CBI co-ordinates the five main information sources: drawings; specifications; quantities; technical and research information; trade information and publications. CBI also takes account of the local construction industry's customs and practices, is numeric and can operate at up to four levels.

Every library is divided into 8 classes representing the fundamental subdivisions of the building industry. These are:

This CBI section covers general project information applicable to the entire construction process. It includes items like project scope, contract documents, submittals, construction quality standards, and warranties.

i.e.:

  • 11 Contract Conditions
  • 12 General requirements

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This section focuses on site-related considerations such as existing conditions, demolition work, site preparation (e.g., excavation, grading), erosion control, and utilities (e.g., water supply, sanitary sewer).

i.e.:

  • 21 Demolition
  • 22 Preparation of groundwork
  • 23 Foundations
  • 24 Minor demolitions and alterations

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This CBI covers the structural elements of the building. This includes foundations, slabs, beams, columns, walls, floors, roofs, and any necessary structural materials (e.g., concrete, steel, wood).

i.e.:

  • 31 Concrete
  • 32 Earth
  • 33 Masonry
  • 34 Steel
  • 35 Stainless steel
  • 36 Other metals
  • 37 Plastics
  • 38 Timber
  • 39 miscellaneous Structure

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This section details the building envelope, which protects the interior from the elements. It includes exterior walls, roofing systems, windows, doors, and any associated flashing or sealants.

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This CBI focuses on the interior finishes and elements that create the functional and aesthetic spaces within the building. This includes walls, ceilings, floors, doors, trim, millwork, cabinets, and countertops.

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This section dives deeper into specific finishes for various building elements. It includes details on paint, stains, flooring materials (e.g., tile, carpet), wallcoverings, and other decorative finishes.

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This CBI covers the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and life safety systems that provide essential functions within the building. This includes HVAC systems, plumbing fixtures, electrical wiring, fire protection systems, and low-voltage systems (e.g., security, communication).

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This section addresses features and elements located outside the building footprint. This can include walkways, patios, landscaping, site amenities (e.g., benches, lighting), and any other external improvements.

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More features of the Masterspec Libraries

Written by specifiers for specifiers

Masterspec libraries of work sections are written by industry experts specifically for the New Zealand construction environment. Sections are often reviewed by leading consultants in specialist fields.

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Monthly updates

Work sections are reviewed and changes published on the 1st of the month. The Masterspec system notifies you when any section you have added to a project is changed.

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Generic & branded work sections

There are both generic and branded work sections for the majority of the various items of work, providing the option of using brand specific sections with applicable product detail included.

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CBI control

The structure of all specifications follows the Co-ordinated Building Information system, with clauses appearing under 4 division headings: GENERAL, PRODUCTS, EXECUTION and SELECTIONS.

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Q&A pre-editing

All work sections in the Masterspec libraries* include a Q&A function, developed with industry or manufacturer input, to guide the user in pre-editing the section.
*Q&A not available in Minor Residential.

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Correct codes & standards

All sections carefully reference the applicable parts of the NZ Building Code, correct NZ Standards and reflect current industry Codes of Practice.

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