Introducing Alspec's National Specification Service
As a leader in architectural framing systems, Alspec has long recognised the need to provide support to the architects and designers who specify our products. With this in mind, Alspec offers a National Specification Service which brings together a team of dedicated professionals to provide assistance to clients. With a specification manager located in each state, the team provides professional support drawing on their detailed knowledge of Alspec’s products and systems. This knowledge is used to assist architects and designers to find the right solution to address the specific needs of their project.
Supporting Professional Development
Within the building and construction industry many professionals such as architects are required to undertake annual recognised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training to maintain their qualifications. Alspec’s specification team, with their depth and breadth of experience and qualifications, are certified to provide CPD modules as a technical product supplier.
Alspec offers tailored courses across a range of topics designed to satisfy CPD requirements. Each presentation includes a high standard of educational content with clearly defined learning outcomes. Modules can include specific areas of window and door specifications such as energy performance, window-related standards and requirements for bushfire and cyclonic regions or more general topics such as integrating passive ventilation solutions.
Flexible Learning Options
By delivering the presentations in-house, presentations can be tailored to individual organisation needs or specific projects, and minimise time off-site. The presentations are tailored to address the different standards and requirements of the State they are being delivered in and each attendee receives 1 formal CPD point and a certificate of completion. In addition, Alspec’s team also provide external CPD training at events in conjunction with industry bodies such as Architectural Information Services (AIS), the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) CPD Refuel network and industry-tailored events such as Equinox and Mecca.
Educating the next generation
Alspec’s National Specification team are also active in looking to assist the next generation of architects and designers by interacting with university and Tafe institutions who offer industry-related courses. Our professionals work closely with final year students to provide CPD training in topics related to the window and framing industry along with specific training on the nature and technical capacities of available systems.
NATSPEC Product Partner
As part of its contribution to the ongoing development of the construction industry, Alspec is a Product Partner with NATSPEC. Owned by government and industry, NATSPEC is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to provide leadership and information related to building and construction. NATSPEC Product Partners such as Alspec provide branded work section templates.
These specification templates are pre-populated with information on the various commercial framing systems including specific products for windows and doors, louvres and solar control assemblies, security doors and screens, and internal partitions. The templates also include details about glazing, hardware, fasteners, flashings, sealants and seals, caulking and weather-stripping, which are all required to be specified during the construction documentation.
Space to collaborate
The National Specification Service is closely linked with Alspec’s innovative AluSpace facilities. Located in Surry Hills, Sydney, and Beverly, Adelaide, AluSpace has been developed as a unique facility where architects, engineers and specifiers can interact with Alspec’s latest systems. Each facility showcases the advanced designs available and provides the opportunity for each party to consider alternatives available for their project.
Clients are able to experience the different options and interact with the products before making their final decision. Based on the success of these environments to date, Alspec plans to extend AluSpace to other regions throughout Australia in 2020.