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Masterformat 2004 Edition Includes Most Significant Revision In Product's History

December 1, 2004
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Alexandria, Va. — Forty years after its introduction as the industry-wide format for organizing construction information, the 2004 edition of MasterFormat released Nov. 10 has undergone the largest transformation in its history.

As the “Dewey Decimal System” for project information, MasterFormat is a master list of titles and numbers for organizing data about construction requirements, products, and activities used for well over 70 percent of the commercial and institutional building projects in the U.S. and Canada.

The changes in the new MasterFormat reflect the rapid growth in the amount and complexity of construction information generated for today's increasingly complex buildings since it was last updated in 1995. In part, this was accomplished by adding new divisions to the previous edition's 16-division structure. They address such rapidly developing areas as computer and telecommunications networks and integrated building automation systems. New divisions also enable specifications to better address building owners' post-9/11 security and life safety priorities as well as the trend toward more environmentally friendly facilities.

In addition to the printed version, a CD-ROM is included that has a transition matrix that relates MasterFormat 1988 and 1995 edition titles and numbers to their 2004 edition equivalents, and additional files to assist users in making the transition to and using MasterFormat. For more information or to order MasterFormat 2004 Edition, go to www.csinet.org/masterformat.

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