Master Format Sections for CE

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    Gang Chen

    Become familiar with the 6-digit CSI Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat as there may be a few questions based on this publication. Make sure you know which items/materials belong to which CSI MasterFormat specification section, and memorize the major section names and related numbers. For example, Division 9 is Finishes, and Division 5 is Metal, etc.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Devina Parbhoo (Edited )

    I would know how Specs actually work, the Divisions, and what types of items fall under each division (what Division are doors and windows? what division would you find a CMU block? etc). The only Division I would study more in depth, would be Division 1. Also know how specs are broken down (01-general, 02-products, 03-execution).

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    Zohet Baba Diaz

    Thank you!

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    Gregory Brown

    Hello,

    I am very close to taking the CE exam after failing in ARE 4.0 earlier with this test. I want to know what version of the Master Format is being used for this and other tests? Please direct me to where this is noted - if at all?

    Thank you

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    Samantha Marie Fernholz

    The 5.0 Handbook references the 2018 edition in both the CE Reference materials and the Reference Matrix. 

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    Giselle Castillo

    Took the test earlier today. Seems like I failed.
    Question:
    if the architect had an oversight that might lead to a change order for the GC.
    Who’s responsable for that Change Order ?

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    Giselle Castillo

    I will appreciate a response

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    Gang Chen

    The answer is:

    It depends on the situation.

    For example, if an architect missed and did not specify a floor finish, and the contractor is asking for a change order, then the owner should pay for the floor finish since the owner never paid for the floor finish to begin with. The owner may want to negotiate with the contractor to bring down the price of the floor finish or find another contractor to do it.

    On the other hand, if an architect fails to coordinate his ASEMP team and the ductwork will not fit between the floors, the architect may be liable for extra costs for redoing the work or an alternate solution.

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Giselle Castillo

    Understood. Thank you so much !!

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