Handling “Division 28” Specifications at LaForce

Did you know that changes to construction specifications have a big impact on companies like LaForce? This week, we will discover how recent developments in Division 8 and Division 28 impact our business and allows us to better serve our customers.

Divisions Defined

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) defines 50 divisions of construction information, which serves to standardize the industry and facilitate effective communication among architects, specifiers, contractors and suppliers. This is known as the MasterFormat Numbers and Titles publication and is a commercial construction industry standard.

Division 8 = Openings (includes Door Hardware)

Division 28 = Electronic Safety and Security

Problem and Solution

Advancing technology has blurred the lines between these two categories, particularly in how door hardware is treated. Electric hinges and locks often replace standard locks and hinges, and integrated locksets and exit devices (where the card reader is built right into the hardware item) are becoming more commonplace. Either Division 8 or Division 28 – or sometimes both – list these items, which can create confusion.

To avoid double specifying – or worse, oversight – of electronic security products that are installed in door openings, the Security Industry Association (SIA) and CSI recently authorized changes to the MasterFormat 2016 edition. Basically, all intelligent devices for an opening are now included under Division 28. This update will take several years to fully integrate into all construction practices.

All intelligent devices for an opening are now included under Division 28. To adjust to these changes, LaForce has trained estimators and integrators on the latest technology and developments in building security. This allows us to quickly interpret an architect or building owner’s security desires for a given building, and recommend an effective system and/or set of products. It is our objective to be an educated resource to our colleagues across the industry: architects, building owners, general contractors, and electrical contractors.LaForce Reaction

To adjust to these changes, LaForce has trained estimators and integrators on the latest technology and developments in building security. This allows us to quickly interpret an architect or building owner’s security desires for a given building, and recommend an effective system and/or set of products. It is our objective to be an educated resource to our colleagues across the industry: architects, building owners, general contractors, and electrical contractors.

To learn more about security integration services at LaForce, visit our website: Security Integration at LaForce. In addition, architectural consultants are available to answer any questions and/or guide you through complex specification topics. Call 1.800.236.8858 to speak to a friendly representative, today!

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