NATSPEC Specification Template
The Raven-branded work section template is applicable for sealing Doors and Windows against a combination of leakages and intrusions without impeding their normal use.
When specifying Raven seals, in particular “Raven Door Sealing Systems”, the desired selection should be made for each door including the opening hardware by others.
National Construction Code (NCC) compliance – Specification and Substitution avoidance
To ensure NCC compliance and an unhindered building occupancy sign off, it’s recommended to include a no-substitution clause in your Raven branded written specification.
This will help to ensure your professional research and product selection meets the required building code mandates. This reduces risk of unwanted substitution and project non-compliance.
We recommend contacting Raven early in your project so our technical support team can advise and register the project name, the Raven specification and project location.
In Australia and New Zealand, the use of “or similar” and “or equivalent” in the written specification does not protect your specification from unwanted substitution.
Product substitution is rife in the building industry where quality products and tested systems are being substituted, based on “or similar” “or a loose interpretation of “or equivalent” comparison.
If this goes unchecked, non-compliant products supplied and installed could fail the building code mandates and cause occupancy delays, particularly where builders are requested to supply test evidence by a compliance surveyor an engineer overseeing the project.
Substitution of products from the original specification occurs regularly on projects where vested parties outside the specifiers practice offer a free service, to prepare large project door hardware schedules. This includes the associated Bill of Quantities (BOQ’s) for tender purposes.
If the original Raven seal specified, is substituted to a house brand or other, the project tender is then based on the wrong product specification without the original specifier’s knowledge.
To make your specification and product selection easier, we recommend downloading the latest Raven architectural catalogue and the Natspec endorsed, Raven work-section template.
Always specify and insist upon Raven by name, by including the RP model codes and Raven Sealing System descriptions.
Adding a no substitution clause will also help to avoid a compromised specification.
Raven is independently audited to:
• Quality Management System Certified ISO9001:2015
• Global Green Tag verified
• Recognised Laboratory Testing to Australian / NZ & International standards
• Compliance to Australian / NZ & International building codes as indicated
NATSPEC Instructions for using guided text (hidden green text) within the Raven worksection;
The worksection contain ‘hidden text' that serves as Guidance for the specification writer. It is the boxed green text and is turned off or deleted prior to issue of the completed specification.
If you cannot see the green coloured Guidance text in the download document: For all versions of Word (PC and Macintosh) click on the ¶ button on the Home Ribbon/Toolbar. You should now be able to see the green guidance text.