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A521–2012, Uniform Location of Subject Matter. General guidance to users preparing bidding and construction contract documents for determining the proper location of information to be included in bidding documents, the contract for construction, General Conditions, Supplementary Conditions, and Division 01 General Requirements and Divisions 02-49 Specifications.

B106–2010, Owner/Architect Agreement for Pro Bono Services. A standard form of agreement between owner and architect for building design, construction contract administration, or other professional services provided on a pro bono basis. The architect’s pro bono services are professional services for which the architect receives no financial compensation other than compensation for reimbursable expenses. (See AIA Pro Bono Service Guidelines.) In a table the parties designate the scope of the architect’s pro bono services and the maximum number of hours to be provided by the architect for each designated pro bono service. (An interactive B106 form is available free of charge from AIA Documents on Demand®.)

D101–1995, Methods of Calculating Areas and Volumes of Buildings. Options for calculating the architectural area, architectural volume and assignable area of a building. Because there is no single standard for calculating areas and volumes of buildings, concurrence as to method(s) used and conformance to applicable building code(s) is necessary.

G612–2001, Instructions to the Architect. A three-part questionnaire to elicit information from the owner about the nature of the construction contract. Part A covers contracts; Part B, insurance and bonds; and Part C, bidding procedures. The order of parts follows a project’s chronological sequence to match points in time to information when needed.

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D503–2013, Guide for Sustainable Projects, including Commentary on the Sustainable Projects Documents. A discussion of the roles and responsibilities faced by owners, architects and contractors on sustainable design and construction projects. AIA Document D503™–2013 includes a discussion of environmental product ratings, certification systems and jurisdictional requirements that may be applicable to sustainable projects. D503 also contains an in depth, section-by-section commentary on AIA Sustainable Project documents A101™ SP, A201™ SP, A401™ SP, B101™ SP and C401™ SP and AIA Document B214™, Architect’s Services: LEED® Certification. D503–2013 includes a sample Sustainability Plan that readers can use for assistance when preparing a Sustainability Plan unique to their project.

Guide, Instructions and Commentary to the 2013 AIA Digital Practice Documents
Digital practice and the use of BIM are rapidly evolving areas of the industry. In 2013 the AIA created an updated and reconfigured new set of Digital Practice documents that includes AIA Document E203™, Building Information Modeling and Digital Data Exhibit; AIA Document G201™, Project Digital Data Protocol Form; and AIA Document G202™, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form.

Guide to AIA Contract Documents for Small Projects: Resources for Small Project Practitioners, including Small Firms, Sole Practitioners and Custom Residential Architects
Information about AIA resources of interest to small project practitioners, including small firms, sole practitioners, and custom residential architects. These resources include the following:

  • Selected AIA Contract Documents of particular relevance to small project practitioners
  • Reference material available to download free of charge on the AIA Contract Documents Reference Material Web site (
  • Directions on where to find AIA documents in different formats, such as paper, Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format), and AIA Contract Documents® software
  • Links to relevant resources on AIA KnowledgeNet and Web sites for education and training
  • Contact information for assistance in purchasing AIA Contract Documents and software, technical support, and for assistance with questions about AIA document content and selection.
  • A Documents Comparison Chart that provides a quick reference of major characteristics of many documents discussed in the Guide.
Guides to Amendments and Supplementary Conditions

Guides for amending or supplementing AIA owner/architect (O/A) and owner/contractor (O/C) agreements: A503 Supplementary Conditions; A533 Supplementary Conditions, CMa Edition; B503 Amendments to O/A Agreements; and B509 Supplementary Conditions to AIA Document B109—Condominium Projects.

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