Output Specification: generic design brief and technical annexes

Guidance documents to help with the design and construction of school building projects.


Generic design brief

Annex 2A: Sanitaryware

Annex 2B: External spaces

Annex 2C: External fabric

Annex 2D: Internal elements and finishes

Annex 2E: Daylight and electric lighting

Annex 2F: Mechanical services and public health engineering

Annex 2H: Energy

Annex 2I: Controls

Annex 3: Fittings, furniture and equipment


Guidance for people involved in school building projects. This includes:

  • contractors
  • technical professionals
  • school providers
  • local authorities
  • dioceses

The Output Specification documents consist of the generic design brief and school-specific brief. They form parts B and C of the employer’s requirements for DfE projects procured through the Construction Framework 2017.

You can also read the ESFA construction framework templates for part A of the employer’s requirements.

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Published 11 June 2019
Last updated 30 November 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated ‘Generic design brief’ and annexes 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2F, 2G, 2H, and 2I - changes are described in each document's version history.

  2. Updated ‘Generic design brief’, annexes 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, and 2I, and ‘Annex 3’ - changes are described each document's version history.

  3. First published.