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Writing project specifications is a detailed, time-consuming task that can require review and evaluation of very large amounts of information. To assist specifiers, the Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) has published a clear, concise and downloadable master specification guide.

The guide is written as a practical tool to assist in editing specifications needed to describe the installation and performance requirements of ceramic and stone tile installations for building owners, contractors and installers. The guidelines in this document are fully updated from the recently released Specification Guide 09 30 00 Tile Installation Manual 2012 – 2014 (pictured on page 20), which includes the most comprehensive and up-to-date tile installation standards available in Canada.

TTMAC Jan Feb 2014An all-purpose tool

The master specification is in an editable format, allowing interior designers, architects and specifiers to easily customize the document to suit the unique requirements of any project. The document can be used by technical sales representatives to present specific product information adjusted to the needs of their clients. It also provides a guide or script for product and system manufacturers to raise important questions when discussing potential solutions for a project. As an aid to estimators, technologists and contractors, the master specification is a tool to direct them to additional information by cross referencing back to the tile installation manual for potential installation solutions.

Throughout the master specification are spec notes that provide educational and informational references in blue text to further guide the specifier through some of the most common choices and decision points in the specification process. Attention is called to new standards, deletions, and acceptable alternatives so the specification writer can be sure he or she is using the most relevant standards. Specification writers can obtain a free download of the document at the Download Documents tab at www.ttmac.com.

Successful contractors know their own strengths and know when to bring in another pro to help get the best results. But finding the right people who meet your high standards for quality and professionalism can be a challenge. One source that is too frequently overlooked is an industry association, especially for trades that don’t require professional certification.

For example, suppose you need to hire a tile installer but you’ve been disappointed by inconsistent results in the past. TTMAC is a reliable source of professional installers and is widely acknowledged as the voice of the hard-surface industry. The association vets its members for quality of workmanship and financial stability.

We also require that members follow the installation guidelines: Specification Guide 09 30 00 Tile Installation Manual 2012 – 2014.  When interviewing a potential subcontractor, ask if they have attended any industry or manufacturer training, education and skills development programs. Find out if they know the ins and outs of the industry specification guide 09 30 00 handbook and whether they are familiar with the latest installation methods.

Associations usually have a comprehensive membership directory. For example, go to www.ttmac.com and click on Membership Directory to find accredited members of the TTMAC.

 The Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada was founded in 1944 to promote standardized installation techniques and to provide technical resources.

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