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5 Takeaways From AIA Document E204-2017

The AIA recently published the new and revised 2017 design-bid-build documents, which now includes E204-2017 Sustainable Projects Exhibit. As a Sustainability Consultant, here are my top takeaways:

Outline Incentive programs. One of the biggest incentives is usually for energy efficiency. This is a collaborative effort with the architect, MEP, and energy modeler. The incentive programs typically have partners or approved vendors who get regular updates on deadlines, program changes, and the application process. If you’re not on the list, you may not be getting the current information.

Disclose Certification Agreements. This is hugely important and I’m happy to see it included in the document. LEED, for example, has an entire Certification Policy Manual in addition to the Minimum Program Requirements, Terms & Conditions, Certification Agreement, and Confirmation of Agent’s Authority. These documents can be hard to find, especially if you don’t know they exist.

Schematic Design Workshop. In the world of rating systems, “the early bird gets the worm”. Rating systems have prerequisites, or minimum mandatory requirements, and deadlines for getting things done. Knowing this, then setting the course with a clear set of goals and charging forward with a plan to achieve them will save a lot of time and money.

Construction Waste Management Plan. I find it curious that the contractor must provide a Construction Waste Management (CWM) Plan, but not an Indoor Air Quality Management (IAQ) Plan. I think that IAQ is of greater concern to Owners than CWM.  

Commissioning Agent. The document states the Owner must hire a Commissioning Agent (CxA), but doesn’t mention when the CxA should be brought on board. This document is intended to provide a simplified approach to sustainability guidelines and be flexible enough to provide guidance for different rating systems or certifications. If you’re pursuing LEED, the CxA must be brought on by the end of Design Development.

Natalie Terrill