The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, Md., recently submitted a proposal to add an Integrated Building Systems division to the MasterFormat system published by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Alexandria, Va.
NECA has submitted the proposal in an attempt to:
Update Division 16 to reflect current technology, equipment, and systems.
Expand Division 16 by adding electrical/electronic systems that are presently located in other divisions.
Change the name of Division 16 to “Integrated Building Systems” to reflect its expanded content and purpose.
The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), Cedar Rapids, Iowa, submitted a rival proposal that recommends splitting off telecommunications, local area networks, sound-video, and other types of low-voltage wiring into a new, separate Division 17 to keep pace with today's demanding technology requirements.
MasterFormat is a paper- and software-based system. It is a master list of numbers and titles that consulting engineers use to organize information about construction requirements, products, and activities into a standard sequence. It is updated every seven years.