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To bring more light into the field of carpet specifications, here is a small guide that explains a few basics, that are often misunderstood or even not even advised that may lead afterward during use to maintenance problems or low performance.
Many construction systems can perform well as long they meet a certain Standard System and All Factors must be weighted. However, here are two main factors:
How Should Construction Specifications Be Used?
As a means of achieving desired performance and Aesthetic Objectives.
Construction vs. Performance: Which Wins?
Neither. They are Totally Interrelated
How Does Construction Affect Performance?
Construction Largely determines performance Construction consists of many facets: Each play a role
Which Construction Components are Most Important?
They are all Important. Each Component acts as a piece of the puzzle. All pieces of the puzzle must mesh to complete the picture:
How “Tight” should a Specification?
Specific enough to achieve the desired performance requirements, but general enough to allow for the manufacturers to use the most effective technology to meet the needs of the project. Some items can be a little more general
Some items can be very specific
Key is to allow for the best choice from the manufacturer’s technology to achieve the Client’s needs.
“Or Equal” Defined Construction OR Performance.
One of the most misunderstood and confusingly used term in Specifications “Equal” is defined by the specifier.
PERFORMANCE rules, and should be “equal” with any competitive product. Aesthetics should be closely duplicated in an “equal” Construction parameters should be secondary to achieve Performance and Aesthetic specifications. “Or Equal” Stands the Legal Test. Federal Courts have ruled that Proprietary Specifications are not a violation of Antitrust Laws… Specifiers make informed judgments on products which they feel best serves their clients needs. “Or Equals” actually enhance competition and opens up projects to a wider array of choices among similar products.
Apples to Apples Comparison
All components of specifications should be the same if they are truly to be equals
Traps to Avoid
The most common trap on many specifications is the reliance on one single factor of a construction specification by which the entire acceptance of a product is justified.
Budget = Cost, installation, maintenance, life cycle
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