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Friday, October 23, 2020

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The American Institute of Architects has released some updated contract documents, including those covering condominium and other residential projects.

The list of recently revised documents includes:

  • B109-2020, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Multi-Family Residential or Mixed-Use Residential Project;
  • B107-2020, Standard Form of Agreement Between Developer-Builder and Architect for Prototype(s) for a One or Two Single-Family Residential Project with Limited Architectural Services;
  • A305-2020, Contractor’s Qualification Statement;
  • A313-2020, Warranty Bond; and
  • B106-2020, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for Pro Bono Services.
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The American Institute of Architects has released some updated contract documents, including those covering condominium and other residential projects.

Revised residential contract documents address insurance requirements, post-occupancy site visits and maintenance requirements. The updated B109-2020, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Multi-Family Residential or Mixed-Use Residential Project now includes a new, optional limitation of liability. 

While incorporating the aspects of the new B109, the free Condominium Projects Guide includes model language pertaining to the homeowners association, the individual unit owners, by-laws, and purchase agreements. 

“Although the B109 is designed for multi-family residential projects, it specifically includes a representation by the owner that the project will not include a residential condominium,” said AIA Contract Documents Manager and Counsel James R. Germano, Esq. “Parties wishing to convert the B109 for use on a residential condominium project will find the Condominium Projects Guide helpful.”

For residential development, the updated B107-2020, Standard Form of Agreement Between Developer-Builder and Architect for Prototype(s) for a One or Two Single-Family Residential Project with Limited Architectural Services incorporates updated language from the B101, Owner/Architect Agreement.

The B107 is designed to allow a developer-builder to hire an architect to design prototype houses, the design of which can be repeatedly used by the developer-builder. The architect is expected to develop the design of each prototype to a level minimally required to achieve a building permit. Meanwhile, the developer-builder is expected to be an entity who is knowledgeable about residential construction who can then take this “Permit Set” of drawings and complete the project, according to AIA.

In addition, the updated A305 allows contractors to express additional capabilities such as safety protocols and plans, sustainability services as well as BIM experience.

AIA noted that it worked closely with both the National Association of Surety Bond Producers and the Surety & Fidelity Association of America to develop the new warranty bond, which provides coverage for the contractor’s post-completion warranty obligations when a traditional performance bond may cease to provide coverage.

And the pro bono agreement form has been updated to include the 2017 core AIA document changes as well as clauses that help architects providing pro bono services mitigate the risk of such activities, including clauses that address indemnity and limitation of liability.

The AIA is hosting a free webinar to discuss some of the key residential document updates from 1-2 p.m. EST on Nov. 2. Registration is required.

   

Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects; American Institute of Architects (AIA); Documentation; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America

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