TEKTOK: AEC Industry Design Phase Terminology

Jan 16 2023

CSI Master Format 

The CSI Master Format is a system of numbers and titles for organizing construction information into a regular, standard order or sequence. By establishing a master list of titles and numbers, Master Format promotes standardization and thereby facilitates the retrieval of information and improves construction communication. It provides a uniform system for organizing information in project manuals, organizing project cost data, and filing product information and other technical data. 


Construction Documents (CD Phase) 

Detailed plans indicating how to construct the physical spaces of a building—or All drawings, specifications and addenda associated with a specific construction project. 


Constructability Review 

Review of plans and specifications either by a contractor or third-party reviewer to ensure accuracy and proper detail of the construction plans. 


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 

Sustainable design through use of materials, construction practices, efficient building design, etc. 


Preliminary Design (PD Phase) 

Further developed plans showing physical spaces and attributes such as doors, windows, walls, etc. 


Schematic Design (SD Phase) 

Conceptual plan showing locations of program space at scaled size. 


Specifications A detailed, exact statement of particulars, especially statements prescribing materials and methods; and quality of work for a specific project. The most common arrangement for specifications substantially parallels the CSI (Construction Specification Institute) format.


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