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MasterFormat Division 28 Working Group

Chair: Ray Coulombe, SecuritySpecifiers

​MasterFormat, from the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC), provides an organizational structure that is an important tool in the construction and architecture and engineering (A&E) fields. The document’s Division 28 lists titles and numbers for “Electronic Safety and Security,” but that section had not been fully updated since 2004. In 2014-15, the MasterFormat Division 28 Working Group produced a set of recommendations to overhaul Division 28 to reflect the current state of security technology. Those recommendations were incorporated into the 2016 edition of MasterFormat. The working group is now developing recommendations for the 2018 edition.​​


Matrix of Working Group Changes (April 2015)​​


Revisions to MasterFormat Division 28 (Aug. 19, 2016)

CSI Division 28 Revisions – Video, Networking and Storage (Sept. 16, 2016)

CSI Division 28 Revisions – Intrusion, Detention, Information and Integration (Oct. 21, 2016)


Security Industry Effort to Overhaul MasterFormat Standard Lauded as Big Success (Security Sales & Integration, Sept. 21, 2016)

MasterFormat 2016 Edition Released (Construction Specifications Institute, Aug. 15, 2016)

Remaking Division 28: Specifying electronic safety and security with Masterformat 2016 (The Construction Specifier, May 5, 2016)

SIA Working Group Contributions Reflected in CSI MasterFormat ​(Security Industry Association, April 26, 2016)

Coulombe To Be Given Jay Hauhn Award (SDM, November 2015)


For more information about the MasterFormat Division 28 Working Group, contact SIA Director of Industry Relations Ron Hawkins at ​ or (301) 804-4713.​