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This page contains documents which are offered FREE to the public. It includes brochures for Spex.ca products, newsletters, white papers on various topics, and other documents of interest to Spex.ca subscribers and the construction design community.

To review the latest SpexNews, please visit the SpexNews Archive page.

  • NMS July 2017 Update Summary
  • A summary list of NMS sections which were updated, added new or deleted.

  • NMS Table of Contents (2017-07)
  • Table of Contents for NMS as based on MasterFormat

  • SpecSUITE User Manual
  • Users manual for Digicon's family of SpecSUITE specification packages

  • CSC/CSI MasterFormat 2016 Changes
  • This is a listing of the changes to all Divisions in the MasterFormat 2016 update.

  • NMS User's Guide (2014)
  • This guide is intended to give the specification writer basic information about the NMS and its use.

  • NMS Guide to Environmentally Responsible Specifications for New Construction and Renovations
  • This guideline has been prepared for designers and specifiers involved in CRD projects for the Federal Government of Canada. The purpose of this guideline is to assist project practitioners in developing environmentally enhanced or “green” specifications for construction, renovation, repair and refit projects, including associated demolition work.

    Particular emphasis is placed on the greening of the National Master Specification (NMS) as a primary instrument for communicating environmental responsibility in CRD projects.

    Property managers interested in improving the environmental performance profile of their facilities may also find this guideline a useful reference tool.

  • ProductFormat 2008
  • ProductFormat is a standard to assist product manufacturers to prepare technical product literature useful to design professionals for selecting and specifying commercial building products.

  • Product Specifications Powerpoint
  • This 13-slide (PDF) presentation explains to manufacturers the importance of good proprietary specifications to their marketing efforts.

    Manufacturers who are wondering why we have BrandedSPEC and wonder how it can work for them should download and view this presentation.

    Then, e-mail Geri at Geri@spex.ca

  • Specnique Reader
  • This Specnique Reader software allows non-Specnique users to open, browse, and print Specnique project databases. Users of the Reader software can NOT edit a Specnique project.

    Specnique Reader is perfect for owners, suppliers, or contractors who need to view and print a project specification, but do not need to edit the specification.

    The Specnique Reader is FREE to download and use. NOTE: This software requires local administrative security rights to install.

  • CSC/CSI MasterFormat 2016
  • This is the latest industry-standard classification system for specifications, published by Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) and Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

    This document is a public pre-release, containing only numbers and titles. Keyword index and guidance chapters will follow.

    Format: PDF
    Uploaded: 2016-04-25

  • SpecMacros Manual for Word 2007/2010
  • Upgraded manual for new SpecMacros for Word 2007, 2010.

  • Hardware Key Generator
  • Used for 'network' versions of BIMdrive, to acquire and report the 'hardware key' for the server.

  • BIMdrive User Manual
  • This is a PDF document containing complete BIMdrive documentation.

    Last updated: 2014-07

  • CSC Manual of Practice (MOP), Part 01
  • Part 01 - Introduction of the CSC Manual of Practice is a free document. This document introduces users to the scope and purpose of the Manual of Practice.

    To review or purchase the other Manual of Practice chapter's go to the References page.