Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Contract Administration

  • HVAC Bid Specification Reference Manual

    The purpose of the HVAC Bid Specification Reference Manual is to assist the HVAC contractor in the preparation of its bid, the designer in the preparation of the construction documents including plans and specifications, and the owner in the preparation of bid and contract documents.


  • FREE Webinar - The State of the Art in IPD Contracting

    FREE Webinar - The State of the Art in IPD Contracting - The New ConsensusDocs 300 and How to Contract for IPD & Lean ~ February 24, 2016 - 3:30-5:00 p.m. ET.


  • SMACNA Guidelines for Change Orders Manual

    SMACNA Guidelines for Change Orders Manual - Free PDF Download for Members


  • How to Protect Yourself if the General Contractor or Subcontractor on Your Project Goes Broke

    This Contracts Bulletin will briefly discuss what subcontractors can do if their general contractor goes broke and, in turn, what general contractors can do to protect themselves if one of their subcontractors becomes insolvent.


  • SMACNA/AIA Contractors Qualification Checklist

    This form was developed and approved by the Construction Management and DesignBuild Professional Interest Areas (PIA’s) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Architectural Sheet Metal Council of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, Inc. (SMACNA) It is to be used in conjunction with AIA Document A305 Contractor's Qualification Statement as a substitute to questions 3.4, 3.5, 3.6. No endorsement of the submitting party or verification of the information is made by the AIA or SMACNA.


  • SMACNA Releases Six Model Specifications On HVAC-Related Work

    SMACNA Releases Six Model Specifications On HVAC-Related Work


  • Early Start-Up of Permanently Installed HVAC Systems

    Contractors are increasingly being required to perform early start-up of HVAC systems for the use of temporary heating, cooling or dehumidification during the construction process. SMACNA has developed a position paper on this issue.


  • Owner Controlled Insurance Programs

    Owner-controlled insurance programs (OCIPs) are a type of wrap-up, an increasingly popular insurance procurement option that allows coverages for multiple insureds to be bundled (or wrapped up) into one consolidated program.


  • Bidding Direct The Prime Option

    Change is an inevitable challenge we all face. Change can be particularly disruptive to established businesses and industries Construction is one of the oldest forms of commerce on earth and one that has not always enthusiastically accepted new trends. This inflexible attitude is rapidly changing.


  • Managing Risks Presented by NEMI's HVAC Fire Life Safety Program

    Today’s National Model Building Codes, including the International Fire Code (“IFC”), which has been adopted in 43 states, incorporates NFPA standards 80 and 105, which require smoke and fire dampers to be inspected 1 year after installation. The frequency thereafter is required to be every 4 years, except in hospitals where inspections are required every 6 years. Unfortunately, there are very few building owners or managers doing this.


  • Steel Prices and Availability Crises

    SMACNA’s legal counsel has updated and reissued a 2004 memorandum in response to members experiencing severe increases in price and in many cases, availability of steel. The memorandum includes a sample “escalation clause.”


  • Two Old Dogs Learn New Tricks: A Comparison of AIA A401 and ConsensusDOCS 750

    On September 28, 2007, the ConsensusDOCS were released, including 70 standard form construction contracts created in collaboration with over 20 trade organizations. On November 5, 2007, the AIA released revisions to its construction contracts, including the A201 and A401. These subcontractor-subcontractor form agreements will have a significant impact on SMACNA members.


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