Specification Deficiencies—Contract Disputes

by Arthur E. White, Gilbert/Commonwealth Inc, Reading, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Avoiding Contract Disputes


The costs of rework, replacement, duplication, delays, and related administration are major factors in disputes. The major reasons for specification-caused disputes are discussed. A three point solution consisting of a specification writing procedure, use of standard specifications, and development of a separate scope of work document is also discussed.

Subject Headings: Dispute resolution | Writing skills | Standards and codes | Building codes | Contracts and subcontracts | Benefit cost ratios | Construction industry | Building management

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