MasterFormat: Specification Justification
As we approach the end of 2008, we're also about to pass the four-year anniversary of MasterFormat 2004 (MF04), the Construction Specifications Institute's organizational standard for construction requirements.
What we would really like to see is a separate division for AV systems, to include things like sound systems, noise masking systems, emergency paging, CATV and IPTV systems, and quite a few others that I don't have room to list. MF04 provides a flexible standard through which to recommend changes and push for revisions, which is one beauty of the revised format.
We as an industry must take advantage of that flexibility and push for the necessary changes. But it will require an integrated effort by AV consultants, contractors, integrators, and manufacturers to bring about such changes. In the end, though, entropy should be reduced and the goal of providing a better documented and coordinated set of specifications will become a reality.
Thom Mullins is a senior consultant with BRC Acoustics & Technology Consulting in Seattle. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.