About CSI

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Our History

CSI was founded in March 1948 by the specification writers ofgovernment agencies who came together to improve the quality of constructionspecifications. The Institute’s efforts were essential in improvingconstruction specification quality so that it could meet the demands of thepost-war construction boom. Development of specifications best practices,promulgating standards/formats, professional education, and certification werecornerstones of the Institute.

The Institute grew quickly to include specification writers in the privatesector, design professionals concerned about communicating their vision inconstruction documents, constructors interested in delivering high-qualityfacilities, and material suppliers with unique solutions to construction challenges.These construction professionals continue to work together today as CSI membersto effectively communicate the designers’ vision, the material producers’solutions, and the constructors’ techniques to create outstanding facilitiesthat meet facility owners’ objectives. 

Our Mission

The mission of CSI is to advance building information management and educationof project teams to improve facility performance.

How We Do It

CSI is a national association of more than 13,000 volunteers, including specifiers,architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, product representatives,manufacturers, owners and others who are experts in building construction andthe materials used therein. They are dedicated to improving the communicationof construction information through:

·        A diversified membership base of allied professionals involvedin the creation and management of the built environment. Join us!

·        Continuous development and transformation of standards and formats

·        Education andcertificationof professionals to improve project delivery processes. 

·        Creation of practice tools to assist users throughout thefacility life-cycle. Join a CSIPractice Group!

CSI is governed by a Board of Directors, anationally elected body that provides long-range strategic leadership. TheBoard is composed of nationally elected CSI officers, including the president,president-elect, two vice presidents, the secretary, and the treasurer;elected representatives (directors) from each of CSI's 10 regions; and adirector at large. CSI’s executive director/CEO is a corporate officer.

Our Key Programs

·        140+ CSI Chapters:CSI chapters across the country do more than provide networking – expecthigh-quality education programs and events that help members share real-worldsolutions and better understand the roles and responsibilities of each memberof the construction team. 

·        Certification:CSI is renown in the industry for its rigorous certification programs, whichinclude:

·        Construction DocumentsTechnology (CDT) Certificate -- A comprehensive overview foranyone who writes, interprets, enforces, or manages construction documents.

·        CertifiedConstruction Specifier (CCS) -- Demonstrates excellence inspecifications and contract document preparation.

·        CertifiedConstruction Contract Administrator (CCCA) --Truly understand all facets of the construction process and contractualrelationships.

·        CertifiedConstruction Product Representative (CCPR) -- Anin-depth understanding of the construction process and superior ability ineffective representation. Man with Glasses

·        Education:CSI education focuses on teaching the roles and responsibilities of each memberof the team, and how products and materials interact on the jobsite. (Try oneof our webinars!)

·        Standards& Formats: CSI works with organizations around the globe to create andmaintain the standards and formats that guide the construction industry'scommunication and documentation including: 

·        MasterFormat:The industry standard for specifications, estimates and product data.

·        GreenFormat:A format that organizes detailed information about products with sustainableattributes so that designers and manufacturers can make informed decisions onutilizing the products that best address project needs and communicate thosechoices clearly to the construction team.

·        UniFormat:This format organizes Preliminary Project Descriptions, cost estimates, BIMobjects, and early project information.

·        BIM:CSI puts the “Information” in Building Information Management. CSI works withorganizations in the U.S. and around the globe to develop standards such asOmniClass and the International Framework Dictionary, which provide afoundation for clear communication, advance interoperability between softwaretools, and which aid in increasing BIM use.

·        CONSTRUCT& The CSI Annual Convention: Accredited education,unparalleled networking and a full exhibit hall floor with the latest products,services and solutions.


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