Topic Outline

Please follow this general outline if writing a new topic page for this site. Refer to existing sections for a general idea of what to include.

CSI Number

If you know the CSI number, it can be helpful to designers and spec writers if you supply it here.


Define your subject matter. Typically 1-3 paragraphs.


A general overview of what needs to be included in deciding whether or not to use this material or technique. Not all methods and materials work well in all climates, for instance. Typically 3-4 paragraphs.

Commerical Status

How well developed is the commercial support for this? We typically look at three areas:

Cost (typically initial cost only, though you’re welcome to include typical payback periods or other lifetime cost analyses)

From one or two words (ie, “limited”, “widely available”) to one sentence or phrase (“5% to 10% higher than conventional installations.”)

Implementation Issues

How easy is it to implement? Three major areas are:

Public Acceptance

Again, typically one word to one sentence.


Guidelines make up the bulk of the section. This is where you discuss the material/technique in greater detail, the various options and the pros and cons of each. Remember that each topic area can and probably is the subject of an entire book – we’re giving a condensed overview to newcomers to the field here, and we try to provide resource information for those who want to dig deeper.


We like to pre-load the resources section with a handful of related links on where to find additional information (typically non-sales sites only), and we offer inexpensive listings in the resources to professionals, manufacturers, associations, and the like. We’re happy to recommend good books on the subject, so please let us know of any which are particularly outstanding. If you speak with suppliers or professionals who might benefit from a resource listing while you research your article, please let them know about the availability. While we don’t want you to be overly “sales-y” about it, we will be happy to reward you with a portion of the fee they pay to be listed. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, we’d appreciate it if you have a list of contacts, associations, etc, that we can contact about being listed as a resource.