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AIA Issues Guidance on Contracts for Green Projects

By Paula MeltonThe American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released a free

Guide for Sustainable Projects to help builders, designers, and building owners understand and customize green building contracts. The guide, touted as a “roadmap for working on sustainable projects,” is intended for users of the AIA Contract Documents program who may need to amend or better understand contractual language relating to sustainability. It also covers current trends that have changed the legal landscape for contractors and design teams, such as design-build, construction management, and integrated project delivery. The guide also includes in-depth treatment of a variety of issues that may affect contracts for sustainable building projects, including certification systems, ASHRAE standards, and public works projects and other government contracts, so even if you don’t use AIA Contract Documents, you may want to peruse this guide for tips on minimizing risk. The

Guide for Sustainable Projects is available at

Published June 1, 2011

Paula, M. (2011, June 1). AIA Issues Guidance on Contracts for Green Projects. Retrieved from

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