ASTM Uniformat II Classification for Building Elements (E). Level 1. Major Group Elements. Level 2. Group Elements. Level 3. Individual Elements. This standard is issued under the fixed designation E ; the number immediately 1 This classification is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee E06 on. Purchase your copy of ASTM E – 09() as a PDF download or hard copy directly from the official BSI Shop. All BSI British Standards.

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The cost manager can prepare more detailed Schematic Phase estimates for all disciplines with a higher degree of accuracy than usual, based on the PPD provided by each consultant; if the project is within budget, there should be no major concern as to the final project cost other than for major scope changes initiated by the client and for which awtm funding should be provided.

It is also unsuitable for process applications or for preparing trade estimates.

Building Design Management With ASTM E UNIFORMAT II

Value Engineering workshops are more productive because all costs are transparent, function costs can be readily quantified, and the S1557 classification serves as a checklist for brainstorming sessions. Newton Centre, MA Tel.: A standardized cost reporting format based on UNIFORMAT II, such as shown in Figure 4 – Building Elemental Cost Summaryhas the added advantage of facilitating the rapid reconciliation of estimates from different sources; this is because all design and inflation contingencies, and overhead and profit can be calculated in the same way, a rare occurrence when comparing design estimates in today’s context.

It excludes specialized process equipment related to a building’s functional use but does include furnishings and equipment.

This means fewer subsequent changes and a more efficient building design management process. Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard. Bowen, Brian, Robert Charette.


Inadequate communications and asstm among project team members resulting in misunderstandings, delays, and lower productivity than anticipated.

Project Budgeting for Buildings. Consequently, the various consultants must think the project through early in the design process and communicate this information in a format common to other team members.


Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard. See Practice E for guidance as to what economic method to use.

The project manager, client and user are presented with a clear and simple project description, element by element, at the Schematic Phase; they are in a position to provide asmt comments much earlier than usual on any changes that may be required. Personal Publications Robert P. Preliminary Project Descriptions and Outline Specifications.

Information is also more easily understood by clients and others who do not have a technical background.

Standard Classification for Building Elements and Related Sitework-UNIFORMAT II

ASTM E There is a need in North America to improve communications and coordination during the design of buildings.

American Institute of Architects. As a result, many project managers do not give cost control the high priority it requires throughout a project, often with serious consequences for all team members and the client. Realistic elemental budget and design program estimates can be prepared from historical and published elemental cost data, using cost modelling techniques outlined in the text “Project Budgeting for Buildings” that is listed in the UNIFORMAT references 9.

ASTM E1557 – 09(2015)

Significantly improved project team communications, coordination and productivity as a result of linking the PPD and the estimate within a common framework at the Schematic Design Phase, the most crucial phase of a project. At the Schematic Phase, preliminary project descriptions PPD based on a standardized elemental classification framework that is consistent from project to project.

Elemental estimates are linked to sstm PPD with a common classification at the outset of a project, further facilitating design cost analysis. Note that the language is simple, no more technical than necessary, and meant to be easily understood by all building design management team members, design asgm as well laymen.


Means Square Foot Estimating. It also enhances reporting at all stages in construction—from feasibility and planning through the preparation of working documents, construction, maintenance, rehabilitation, and disposal.

If the design as described in the PPD is within project scope and budget, the designers can proceed from the Schematic Phase to the Design Development Phase with the assurance that most major outstanding issues have been resolved or identified, the building design management team clearly understands the scope of work, and the client has signed off on the PPD.

The article should be of interest to all stakeholders in a building project, i. Seventh Edition, McGraw Hill. Also, use the elemental cost data to expedite the development of cost models for building systems. Linking the formats at this phase is beneficial for the design team and the construction team that may already be on board.

Life Cycle costing can now be effectively initiated during the Design Development Phase to evaluate alternatives. Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

Appendix X1 presents a more detailed suggested Level 4 classification of sub-elements. He may be reached by telephone or fax at or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. Simulation is one technique Practice E for developing probability distributions of building costs when evaluating wstm economic risk in undertaking a building project. These can change as design progresses, but within the total budget established.

Elements, as defined here, are major components common to most buildings. The classification was the direct responsibility of Subcommittee E Some e157 these benefits include the following:. Cart The cart is empty.