NATSPEC is kicking off 2022 with its annual National student competition. The NATSPEC Student Prize is open to students enrolled in Australian Universities that provide an Accredited Architecture Masters course, who meet all the eligibility requirements. Please see the eligibility requirements and other important information about the competition by clicking on the below link. The competition was developed with the assistance of the 2022 Steering Committee.

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Resources

GEN 002 NATSPEC's use of standards
Discusses use of Australian and other standards in specification writing.

GEN 005 Specifications
Discusses the roles, forms and importance of specifications.

GEN 007 Making sure your specifications are up-to-date
Offers updating strategies relating to NATSPEC information.

GEN 009 Hold points and witness points
Defines hold points and witness points and explains their contractual implications in the context of both NATSPEC and AUS-SPEC worksections.

GEN 013 Specifying quality
Communicating the requirements for quality is the main technical function of the specification. This TECHnote outlines how NATSPEC is used to achieve quality in construction projects.

GEN 029 Design and specification guidance text in NATSPEC
Discusses how NATSPEC worksection Templates include guidance in the form of ‘hidden’ Guidance text to help specifiers select the most appropriate worksections and edit Template content to create a project specification.

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Architects Accreditation Council of Australia’s ‘National Standard of Competency for Architects 2021

For engineers and electrical consultants designing and documenting electrical services for small to large building projects. It includes the most commonly used electrical services and components, demolition, tendering and contract preliminaries.
 
Intended use

Project types

Electrical, communications and safety systems for projects including:

  • High-rise commercial
  • Health
  • Educational
  • Industrial
  • High-rise and multi-unit residential
  • Sports

Size and complexity

Large technically complex projects through to very simple installations.

Typical users

Electrical engineers and consultants.

Inclusions

  • Twice yearly update including changes to the National Construction Code and Standards.
  • SPECbuilder online specification compilation software compatible with all versions of Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.
  • Editable worksection Templates in Microsoft Word *.docx format.
  • Hidden text Guidance for developing project specifications for tender and contract documentation.
  • Fully searchable pdf version of package with highlighted updates.
  • Instructional guides and technical resources.
  • Package USB for backup.
  • Branded worksections

For engineers and services consultants designing and documenting building services installations for small to large building projects. It contains all material in each of the SERVICES Mechanical, Hydraulic & Fire and Electrical specification packages. It includes the most commonly used building services and components, demolition, tendering and contract preliminaries.
 
Intended use

Project types

HVAC, hydraulics, electrical and fire, communications for projects including:

  • High to low-rise commercial
  • Health
  • Educational
  • Industrial
  • High-rise and multi-unit residential
  • Sports

Size and complexity

Large technically complex projects through to very simple installations.

Typical users

Multi-disciplinary consultants and services engineers.

Inclusions

  • Twice yearly update including changes to the National Construction Code and Standards.
  • SPECbuilder online specification compilation software compatible with all versions of Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.
  • Editable worksection Templates in Microsoft Word *.docx format.
  • Hidden text Guidance for developing project specifications for tender and contract documentation.
  • Fully searchable pdf version of package with highlighted updates.
  • Instructional guides and technical resources.
  • Package USB for backup.
  • Branded worksections

For engineers and mechanical consultants designing and documenting mechanical servives for small to large building projects. It includes the most commonly used mechanical services and components, demolition, tendering and contract preliminaries.
 
Intended use

Project types

HVAC systems for projects including:

  • High-rise commercial
  • Health
  • Educational
  • Industrial
  • High-rise and multi-unit residential
  • Sports

Size and complexity

Large technically complex projects through to very simple installations.

Typical users

Mechanical engineers and consultants.

Inclusions

  • Twice yearly update including changes to the National Construction Code and Standards.
  • SPECbuilder online specification compilation software compatible with all versions of Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.
  • Editable worksection Templates in Microsoft Word *.docx format.
  • Hidden text Guidance for developing project specifications for tender and contract documentation.
  • Fully searchable pdf version of package with highlighted updates.
  • Instructional guides and technical resources.
  • Package USB for backup.
  • Branded worksections

Branded worksectionsBUILDING Interior is for design professionals engaged on comprehensive interior projects. It covers interior building and finishing work together with mechanical, hydraulic and electrical services design and installation work. Demolition (interior), tendering and contract preliminaries are also covered.
 
Intended use

Project types

Interior fitout projects including:

  • High to low-rise commercial
  • Health
  • Educational
  • High-rise and multi-unit residential
  • Sports
  • Domestic

Size and complexity

Large technically complex projects through to very simple fitouts.

Typical users

Architects, building designers and interior designers

Inclusions

  • Twice yearly update including changes to the National Construction Code and Standards.
  • SPECbuilder online specification compilation software compatible with all versions of Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.
  • Editable worksection Templates in Microsoft Word *.docx format.
  • Hidden text Guidance for developing project specifications for tender and contract documentation.
  • Fully searchable pdf version of package with highlighted updates.
  • Instructional guides and technical resources.
  • Package USB for backup.
  • Branded worksections