List of abbreviations used in the Design and Construction Industry:



A4LE Association for Learning Environments

AA Aluminum Association

AAA Alberta Association of Architects

AAMA American Architectural Manufacturers Association

AANB Architects’ Association of New Brunswick

AAPEI Architects Association of Prince Edward Island

AAPPQ Association des architectes en pratique privée du Québec

AAPT Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists

ABET Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology

ACE Architects’ Council of Europe

ACEC Association of Consulting Engineering Companies|Canada

ACEQ Association of Consulting Engineers of Quebec

ACI American Concrete Institute

ACP Average Collection Period

ACPA American Concrete Pavement Association

ACPA American Concrete Pipe Association

ACSA Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution

A/E Architecture (or Architectural) and Engineering

AEC Architecture, Engineering and Construction

AECB Atomic Energy Control Board

AECOO Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Owner/Operator

AEC/FM Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management

AEE Association of Energy Engineers

AFP Alternate Financing and Procurement

AFP Alternative Funding Plan

AGC Associated General Contractors of America

AGMCA Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association

AHA American Hardboard Association

AHJ Authority/ies Having Jurisdiction

AHRI Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute

AI Asbestos Institute

AIA American Institute of Architects

AIAS American Institute of Architecture Students

AIBC Architectural Institute of British Columbia

AITC American Institute of Timber Construction

ALBNL Architects Licensing Board of Newfoundland and Labrador

AMA Architectural Metals Association

AMCA Air Movement and Control Association Inc.

ANA Authorized Nominating Authority

ANSI American National Standards Institute

APA American Plywood Association

APEC Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

APEGM Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba

API American Petroleum Institute

APPA The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers

APR Architectural Program Report

APTi The Association for Preservation Technology International

AQPI Association québécoise pour le patrimoine industriel

AR Augmented Reality

ARB Architects Registration Board (UK)

ARE Architect Registration Examination

ARI Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute

ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers

ASINEA Asociación de Instituciones de Enseñanza de la Arquitectura de la República Mexicana

ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASPE Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises

ASPT Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists

ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials

AWCBC Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada

AWCI Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries International

AWI Architectural Woodworking Institute

AWMAC Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada

AWPA American Wire Producers Association

AWPA American Wood Protection Association

AWS American Welding Society

AWWA American Water Works Association


BCA Building Condition Assessment

BCIN Building Code Identification Number

BEEP Building Envelope Education Program

BEFA Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect

BIA Brick Industry Association

BIM Building Information Modeling or Model, also Building Information Management

BNQ Bureau de normalisation du Québec

BOMA Building Owners and Managers Association

BOMI Building Owners and Managers Institute

BOT Build-Own-Transfer

BOOT Build-Own-Operate-Transfer

BRE Building Research Establishment

BREEAM Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method

bSC buildingSMART Canada

BSI Building Stone Institute, now National Stone Institute

BxP BIM Execution Plan


CA Construction Act

CA Contract Administrator/Contract Administration

CAA Commonwealth Association of Architects

CAA Consulting Architects of Alberta

CABA Continental Automated Building Association

CAC Cement Association of Canada

CACB Canadian Architectural Certification Board

CAD Computer-Aided Design or Computer-Aided Drawing

CADD Computer-Aided Design and Drafting

CAEAL Canadian Association for Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc.

CaGBC Canada Green Building Council

CALA Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities

CANASA Canadian Security Association

CanBIM Canada BIM Council

CASA Canadian Architecture Students Association

CASC Canadian Association of Science Centres

CAV Constant Air Volume

CBAC Clay Brick Association of Canada

CCA Canadian Construction Association

CCAC Canadian Council on Animal Care

CCAC Committee of Canadian Architectural Councils

CCBDA Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association

CCBFC Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes

CCCA Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CSC)

CCDC Canadian Construction Documents Committee

CCI Canadian Carpet Institute

CCMC Canadian Construction Materials Centre

CCN Contemplated Change Notice

CCPPP Canadian Council of Public-Private Partnerships

CCUSA Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture

C&D Construction and Demolition

CD Change Directive(s)

CDE Common Data Environment

CDBI Canadian Design-Build Institute

CECA Canadian Electrical Contractors Association

CELDF Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

CEM Certified Energy Manager

CERB Canadian Experience Record Book

CES Canadian Education Standard

CExAC Committee for the Examination for Architects in Canada

CFBC Canadian Farm Building Code

CFCs Chlorofluorocarbons

CFLA Canadian Federation of Library Associations

CFM Certified Facility Manager

CGA Canadian Gas Association

CGL Commercial General Liability

CGSB Canadian General Standards Board

CHBA Canadian Home Builders’ Association

CHC Canadian Housing Code

CHOP Canadian Handbook of Practice for Architects

CHRC Canadian Human Rights Commission

CHRP Certified Human Resources Professional

CICC Construction Industry Consultative Committee

CIET Canadian Institute for Energy Training

CIQS Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

CISC Canadian Institute of Steel Construction

CITC Canadian Institute of Timber Construction

CLA Canadian Lumbermen’s Association

CLA Construction Lien Act

CLAS Calibration Laboratory Assessment Service/NRC

CLSAB Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board

CM Construction Manager, Construction Management

CMA Canadian Museums Association

CMC Canada Masonry Centre

CMCA Canadian Masonry Contractors Association

CMHC Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

CMS Canadian Master Specification

CNSC Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

CO Change Order(s)

COFI Council of Forest Industries

CPA Chartered Professional Accountant

CPC Canadian Plumbing Code

CPCA Canadian Paint and Coatings Association

CPCA Canadian Portland Cement Association

CPCI Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

CPD Continuing Professional Development

CPHC Certified Passive House Consultant

CPHD Certified Passive House Designer

CPI Canadian Plastics Institute

CPIA Canadian Plastics Industry Association

CPM Critical Path Method

CPMA Canadian Paint Manufacturers Association

CPMB Canadian Practice Manual for BIM

CPP Canada Pension Plan

CPTED Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

CPU Central Processing Unit

CRA Canada Revenue Agency

CRCA Canadian Roofing Contractors’ Association

CRM Client Resource Management or Customer Relationship Management

CRSCAD Centre for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

CRSI Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

CSA Canadian Standards Association Group

CSC Construction Specifications Canada

CSDMA Canadian Steel Door Manufacturers Association

CSI Construction Specifications Institute

CSLA Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

CSR Corporate Social Responsibility

CSSBI Canadian Sheet Steel Building Institute

CTCA Ceramic Tile Contractors Association

CTR Certified Technical Representative (CSC)

CUSMA Canada-United-States-Mexico Agreement

CWB Canadian Welding Bureau

CWC Canadian Wood Council

CWDMA Canadian Window and Door Manufacturing Association


DB Design-Build

DBFM Design-Build-Finance-Maintain

DBOOT Design-Build-Own-Operate-Transfer

DCC Defence Construction Canada

DND Department of National Defence


ECOSOC United Nations Economic and Social Council

EEMAC Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada

EFC Electro-Federation Canada

EI Employment Insurance

EIFS Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems

EIMA EIFS Industry Members Association

EMS Environmental Management Systems

EPA Environmental Protection Agency

EPN Enterprise Private Network

ESA Environmental Site Assessment

EU European Union

ExAC Examination for Architects in Canada


FHBRO Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office

FCA Facility Condition Assessment

FCARM Federación de Colegios de Arquitectos de la República Mexicana

FCC Forintek Canada Corporation

FCI Facility Condition Index

FF&E Furnishings, Fixtures and Equipment

FGMA Flat Glass Manufacturers Association

FIDIC International Federation of Consulting Engineers

FIRPAC Federal Industry Real Property Advisory Council

FMA Facilities Management Administrator (BOMI)

FMEC Factory Mutual Engineering Corporation

FPAA Federación Panamericana de Asociaciones de Arquitectos

FPS Forest Product Society

FRR Fire Resistance Rating


GAAP Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

GANA Glass Association of North America

GBCI Green Building Certification Inc.

GHG Greenhouse gases

GMP Guaranteed Maximum Price

GRESB Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark

GST Goods and Services Tax


HCFCs Hydrochlorofluorocarbons

HFCs Hydrofluorocarbons

HI Hardwood Institute

HRAI Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada

HRM Human Resources Management

HST Harmonized Sales Tax

HVAC Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning


IAP Internship in Architecture Program

IAQ Indoor Air Quality

IBC Institute for BIM in Canada

ICBO International Conference of Building Officials

ICOGRADA   International Council of Graphic Design        Associations

ICOMOS International Council on Monuments and Sites

ICSID International Council of Societies of Industrial Design

IDC Interior Designers of Canada

IDP Integrated Design Process

IDP Intern Development Program

IDT Integrated Design Team

IEC International Electrotechnical Commission

IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IEQ Indoor Environmental Quality

IFC Issued for Construction

IFI International Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers

IFMA International Facility Management Association

IFRS International Financial Reporting Standards

INTA International Trademark Association

IOC International Olympic Committee

IPD Integrated Project Delivery

IPT Integrated Project Team

IRC Institute for Research in Construction

IRC International Relations Committee (CALA)

ISO International Organization for Standardization

ISOCARP  International Society of City and Regional   Planners

IT Information Technology

ITS Intertek Testing Services

IWBI International WELL Building Institute


JIA Japan Institute of Architects


KPMG KPMG Performance Registrar Inc.


LAN Local Area Network

LCA Life Cycle Assessment

LCC Life Cycle Costing

LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

LEED AP LEED Accredited Professional

LoA Letters of Assurance

LOD Level of Development

LSGA Laminators Safety Glass Association


MAA Manitoba Association of Architects

MASH Municipalities, School Boards, Academic, Health & Social Service Sector

MBWA Management by Walking Around

MCAC Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada

MNECB Model National Energy Code for Buildings

MRA Mutual Recognition Agreement

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets

MSS Manufacturers’ Standardization Society of Valve and Fittings Industry


NAAB National Architectural Accrediting Board

NAAMM National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers

NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement

NBC National Building Code of Canada

NCARB National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (US)

NCC National Capital Commission

NCMA National Concrete Masonry Association

NDA Non-Disclosure Agreement

NEMA National Electrical Manufacturers Association

NFC National Fire Code of Canada

NFCA National Floor Covering Association

NFCSS National Fire Codes Subscription Service

NFPA National Fire Protection Association

NGA National Glass Association

NGO Non-Governmental Organization(s)

NHLA National Hardwood Lumber Association

NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology

NLAA Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects

NLGA National Lumber Grades Authority

NMS National Master Specification

NPCA National Precast Concrete Association

NRC National Research Council of Canada

NRCan Natural Resources Canada

NRV Net Realizable Value

NSAA Nova Scotia Association of Architects

NWTAA Northwest Territories Association of Architects


OAA Ontario Association of Architects

OAC Owner-Architect-Contractor

OAQ Ordre des architectes du Québec

OFIA Ontario Forest Industries Association

OGCA Ontario General Contractors Association

OS Output Specifications


P3 Public Private Partnership

PC Proposed Change

PCA Painting Contractors’ Association

PCI Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

PCN Proposed Change Notice

PDF Portable Document Format

PERT Program Evaluation and Review Technique

PIT Project Implementation Team

PM Project Manager

PMI Project Management Institute

PMSP Project Management Service Provider

PMT Project Management Team

PPE Personal Protective Equipment

PSPC Public Services and Procurement Canada

PST Provincial Sales Tax

PWGSC Public Works and Government Services Canada

PxP Project Execution Plan


QA Quality Assurance

QBS Quality-Based Selection or Qualification-Based Selection

QC Quality Control

QMI Quality Management Institute, a division of CSA

QMS Quality Management Systems

QPP Quebec Pension Plan

QS Quantity Surveyor

QST Québec Sales Tax

QuARTS Qualification and Registration Tracking System

QUASAR Quality Systems Assessment Registrar


RAIA Royal Australian Institute of Architects, now The Australian Institute of Architects

RAIC Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

RAM Random Access Memory

RFI Request for Information

RFP Request for Proposal

RFQ Request for Quotation or Request for Qualifications

RFSO Request for Standing Offers

RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects

RPA Real Property Administrator (BOMI)

RSW Registered Specification Writer (CSC)


SAA Saskatchewan Association of Architects

SaaS Software-as-a-Service

SBCCI Southern Building Code Congress International

SCC Standards Council of Canada

SCUP Society for College and University Planning

SDLC Software (or Systems) Development Life Cycle

SFP Sustainability Facility Professional

SGS SGS International Certification Services Canada Inc.

SI Supplemental Instructions/Site Instructions

SMA Systems Maintenance Administrator (BOMI)

SMACNA  Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’    National Association

SME Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

SMT Systems Maintenance Technician (BOMI)

SOAR Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results

SOIQ Statement of Interest and Qualifications

SWOT Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats


TCAA Tile Contractors Association of America

TCO Total Cost of Ownership

TIA Traffic Impact Assessment

TIAC Thermal Insulation Association of Canada

TPIC Truss Plate Institute of Canada

TQM Total Quality Management

TTMAC Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada

TUNS Technical University of Nova Scotia, now Dalhousie University


UDS Uniform Drawing System

UIA Union internationale des Architectes/ International Union of Architects

UL Underwriters Laboratories (US)

ULC Underwriters Laboratories of Canada

UNCHS United Nations Centre for Human Settlements

UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and   Cultural Organization

UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization

USMCA US-Mexico-Canada Agreement


VAV Variable Air Volume

VOC Volatile Organic Compounds

VPN Virtual Private Network

VR Virtual Reality

VSD Variable Speed Drive


WACCA Walls and Ceilings Contractors Association

WAN Wide Area Network

WBS Work Breakdown Structure

WCLIB West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau

WDMA Windows and Door Manufacturers Association

WHMIS Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

WHO World Health Organization

WHPS Warnock Hersey Professional Services

WIP Work-in-Progress

WWPA Western Wood Products Association