§1.6: Upon request, the Contractor must make available to the Subcontractor, prior to subcontracting, a complete set of subcontracting documents that are made available to the Subcontractor. One of the characteristics of these documents is that the framework contract identifies the representatives entitled to act for the contractor and the subcontractor with regard to the entire framework contract, while identifying the persons entitled to represent the parties with regard to matters related to that particular contract. Like all AIA framework contracts, A421 does not require the parties to enter into or accept employment contracts. Framework contract A421 shall be maintained one year after the date of its execution and shall be automatically renewed each year on that date, unless it is terminated by one of the parties. If one of the parties does not renew the framework contract, its conditions remain applicable until all work orders placed under the framework agreement are concluded or completed. The A421 provides that the Contractor and the Subcontractor shall settle disputes involving the Contractor and the Owner in accordance with the dispute resolution provisions of the Main Contract. However, if the dispute does not concern the contractor and the owner – or if the subcontractor is legally prevented from being a party to the dispute settlement procedure of the main contract – the contractor and the subcontractor must first proceed to mediation. For disputes that are not settled by mediation, the Contractor and the Subcontractor agree to binding settlement of the disputes by arbitration, litigation or other form that they choose in the Framework Contract. Section 1 of the A401 contains six sections. However, the A401 automatically supports the terms of higher agreements between the main contractor and the owner. The AIA establishes a large number of contracts that may apply in this scenario depending on the nature of the project. Two of the most common are the A101 Owner-Contractor Agreement (for a lump sum project) and the A201 (General Terms and Conditions of the Construction Contract). .

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