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MasterSpec® - Powered by Deltek Specpoint®

Make spec writing easier with access to 50,000+ product listings in one intuitive tool. MasterSpec®, a product of The American Institute of Architects, is now part of Deltek Specpoint. This specification and design software boosts efficiencies while improving collaboration and accuracy.        

Build better and more sustainable projects with the most comprehensive product research and specifications resource in the industry.

Next-Generation Specifications is here

Recognizing the need for architecture and engineering firms to increase project efficiencies, Deltek and AIA have teamed up to deliver Specpoint, home of MasterSpec®, all-in-one cloud specification software.

Putting Sustainability into Practice

Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. It is a practical part of modern design and can be leveraged in several realistic, impactful ways. However, with an ever-evolving ecosystem of sustainable standards and products—staying on top of best practices can seem daunting to firms.

Proven specification strategies that deliver better-built projects

Today, writing specifications is about managing information and data from many different sources and transferring that data to the appropriate specifications. Technological improvements have helped architects, engineers, and specifiers become more efficient in writing and processing individual specifications.

Leveraging the power of data for better specifications

Data can be very powerful when used effectively. Architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms are realizing they are sitting on a rich lode of data that simply needs to be mined for insights. Nowhere is this more prevalent than with construction specifications. If you are a specifier, your role is to guide the design team, using your knowledge and experience to identify the best products and materials to achieve design intent

Five best practices to improve technology adoption

How can you get the team to rally around new technology? Below are five best practices to navigate change management.

Five tips to power project collaboration

Collaborate. It sounds so easy: Engage with each team member and organization on a construction project team—architect, engineer, general contractor, subcontractor, and supplier—to complete a construction project according to the owner’s expectations. The project owner expects a team that works together to produce a quality project, builds according to plans and specifications, and delivers the project on time and within budget.

Three winning strategies for smart building design

Today a growing number of architects recognize the advantage of winning more work through smart building design. According to the 2021 Hinge Report,* nearly half of architects surveyed cited smart buildings as a topic they plan to research in the coming year. Smart buildings use automation to optimize processes that occur inside a building, such as heating and cooling, security, lighting, ventilation, water usage, and more. This can benefit the environment, the building tenants, and the businesses that own the facilities.

How modern specification technology is shaping design

If you walk around a construction site today, you will see evidence of technological advancements. Surprisingly, however, the majority of work is still done with manual labor, and piece by piece. According to the Deltek Clarity Architecture & Engineering Industry Study, “only 25% of architecture and engineering firms consider their business digitally advanced today, but 76% expect to be there in five years.” In addition, the report indicates that “businesses expect to increase investments in emerging technologies for project management and project execution to enable new ways of working while increasing profitability.”

The advantages of assembly-based design for better project delivery

Architecture design involves a cyclical, repetitive, and iterative process. Can you imagine the chaos if an architect tried to address all a designer's needs simultaneously? Building projects are too complex for this to occur, which is why architecture design happens over multiple iterations until all project requirements are addressed.

What to look for in a new design tool

Design resources for BIM, energy modeling, cost estimating, and sustainability abound. AIA partner Avitru offers strategies for navigating your options.

Discover how the spec management process is being re-imagined helping firms to be more efficient and resilient.

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