In order to manage risk associated with a design and construction project, it is important to draft an appropriate contract. There are a number of standard contracts available for the construction industry. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) publishes the AIA construction contracts to manage the architect-owner relationship. The Association of General Contractors (AGC) has also created ConsensusDOCS contracts that are used between contractors and owners.

With the emergence of green buildings, new risks must be accounted for in contracts. The AIA has released AIA B214 to manage green building risks between an architect and owner:

B214–2007 establishes duties and responsibilities when the owner seeks certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®).

Among other things, the architect’s services include conducting a pre-design workshop where the LEED rating system will be reviewed and LEED points will be targeted, preparing a LEED Certification Plan, monitoring the LEED Certification process, providing LEED specifications for inclusion in the Contract Documents and preparing a LEED Certification Report detailing the LEED rating the project achieved.

Next time, I will look at a new green building contract that can be used between contractors and owners.

What are your experiences with green building contracts?

Related Links:

AIA – B214 (2007) Standard Form of Architect’s Services: LEED® Certification (AIA)