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AIA releases new, updated sustainable project documents

Streamlined sustainable design and construction process included.

May 29, 2020 |

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently released new, updated AIA contract documents to support businesses to reach sustainability goals and programming.

“Project documents provide a roadmap to integrate sustainability into design and construction projects, as well as ensure less confusion when green project discussions begin,” according to an AIA news release. There are already four versions of AIA sustainable project exhibits that attach to standard contracts.

The latest update includes the new C204-2020, Sustainability Consultant Scope of Services and the updated D503-2020, Guide for Sustainable Projects. The new C204 document introduces a sustainability consultant, who can be an architect or non-architect. It also provides a streamlined process for identifying, developing, and assigning responsibility for a project’s sustainable design and construction elements.

Updates to the D503-2020, Guide for Sustainable Projects address current topics, such as materials transparency; resilience; environmental product labels and certification systems; and jurisdictional requirements relevant to sustainable projects. The guide explains the roles and responsibilities of the owner, architect, and contractor regarding sustainable design and construction projects. It also provides commentary on C401-2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant and C402-2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant for Special Services, and adds a sample of a completed WELL Certification Plan.

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