Often times, contractors will request the approval for a brand of product that is not in the specification.
Overall, the majority of architects and designers will try to customize their specs to meet project and client objectives.
Most designers do not list a specific brand with no substitution in their specifications. The majority use “no substitutions” on less than a quarter of their projects.
The majority of designers will use “brand or equal” in over 50% of their projects.
Approximately half of architects’/designers’ specifications include “basis of design” language when specifying commercial products.
The majority of architects and designers have standard specs that they review and update at least annually.