Sunday, September 30, 2007

ConsensusDOCS Released, Renewed Effort at a Fair Contract Document

On September 28, 2007, 20 leading construction associations, including AGC united to publish a consensus set of contract documents called ConsensusDOCS.

Why another set of form documents?

There are currently a variety of construction associations that produce standard form construction contracts, including AGC, COAA, EJCDC. However, standard contracts published by one association are perceived as ultimately favoring that association’s membership. This is a criticism that is frequently lodged against AIA contract forms. There is also a growing industry frustration that heavily modified standard form documents hardly resemble the original text. Sometimes “supplemental general conditions" are longer than the standard form.

Participants in ConsensusDOCS

  • National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA),
  • Construction Users Roundtable (CURT),
  • Construction Owners Association of America (COAA),
  • Associated General Contractors of America (AGC),
  • Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT),
  • Lean Construction Institute (LCI),
  • Associated Specialty Contractors, Inc. (ASC),
  • American Subcontractors Association, Inc. (ASA),
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC),
  • Finishing Contractors Association (FCA)
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA),
  • Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC),
  • National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA),
  • National Insulation Association (NIA),
  • National Subcontractor Alliance (NSA),
  • National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA),
  • Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA),
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA),
  • National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP),
  • Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA), and
  • Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC).*

* Actively participated in the drafting process, but considering endorsement after initial publication.

The Result

ConsensusDOCS includes more than 70 contracts and forms, and address all project delivery methods. Additionally, project specific information and modifications can easily be entered through the DocuBuilder software program.

These best practice documents address cutting edge issues such as electronic communications, and building information modeling (BIM). Initial publication will also include a transformative agreement called Tri-Party Collaborative Agreement, which will encourage lean construction. In a fashion similar to the ConsensusDOCS process, the Tri-Party Agreement will have three parties sign the same contract and create a core team. This type of agreement has been used more commonly in Australia and is also known as alliancing or relational contracting. The project’s core team, which may include key specialty contractors and consultants, will make consensus decisions based upon the best interests of the project.

More Information

For more information, check out In addition, AGC of America has background information on their website, including a 22 page commentary of the significant changes to be found in the ConsensusDOCs contracts.

1 comment:

Brian Perlberg said...

Now ConsensusDOCS added a BIM Addendum, another industry first.