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Jerome J. Lazar, RA, CCS, CSI
Senior Member
Username: lazarcitec

Post Number: 1952
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Monday, November 05, 2018 - 10:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

What is this when required during construction?
Mark Gilligan SE,
Senior Member
Username: mark_gilligan

Post Number: 870
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 03:24 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Need more information regarding the context.

It is likely that they are asking for evidence that the product possesses certain characteristics. The exact nature of the certification is likely specific to the type of product.
J. Peter Jordan
Senior Member
Username: jpjordan

Post Number: 1065
Registered: 05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 10:00 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I used to work for a firm that requested a certification from every manufacturer that the product was appropriate for the use indicated. When We did not always get it (wonder why?). When I pointed out to one of the principals that it was our job to select appropriate products, this requirement went away.

As Mark notes, this should be a product specific requirement, usually in conjunction with certain performance requirements.
J. Peter Jordan, FCSI, AIA, CCS, LEED AP, SCIP
John Bunzick, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP
Senior Member
Username: bunzick

Post Number: 1770
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 01:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Product certification is required when you ask for it. It can be useful when there is some greater risk that the product provided may not meet the specifications. Things that can contribute to the increase risk are: non-proprietary specifications, products or assemblies of higher complexity, long construction durations where products may change in the time after they're specified, public bidding environments, and the like. It's use is best considered separately for each section, not necessarily project-wide.3
Jerome J. Lazar, RA, CCS, CSI
Senior Member
Username: lazarcitec

Post Number: 1953
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 - 11:02 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks to all for these answers, very helpful.

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