Last edited 23 Jul 2021

Construction industry acronyms - A

This article presents a list of construction industry acronyms beginning with 'A'.

For acronyms beginning with other letters, click on the list below.

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A - Area

A2A - Air-To-Air

A2W - Air-To-Water

AA - Alkali-Activated (binders)

AA - annual average

AABC - Architects Accredited in Building Conservation

AACO - Association of Architectural Conservation Officers

AADT - Annual Average Daily Traffic

AAP - Area Action Plan

AAR - annual average rainfall

AAV - Air Admittance Valve (sometimes referred to as a Durgo valve)

AAWT - annual average weekday traffic

AB - Acoustic Brace

AB - Airbrick

AB - Alarm Bell

AB - Anchor Bolt

AB - As Built

ABC - Above Ceiling

ABC - Activity-Based Costing

ABE - Association of Building Engineers

ABR - Alternative Bars Reversed

ABS - Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

AC - Air Conditioning

AC - Alternating Current.

AC - Annual Cost.

AC - Appeal Case

AC - Asbestos cement

AC - asphalt concrete

ACA - Association of Consultant Architects

ACA 3 - Form of Building Agreement

ACAS - Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

ACASFA - Association of Consultant Architects Standard Form of Agreement CA - Conditions of Appointment

ACD - Accredited Construction Detail

ACE - Association for Consultancy and Engineering

ACFM - Alternating Current Field Measurement

ACSM - Alternating Current Stress Measurement

ACM - Aluminium Composite Material

ACM - Asbestos Containing Materials

ACO - Architectural Conservation Officer

ACOP - Approved Code of Practice

ACS - Average Cold Spell

ACT - Acoustic Ceiling Tile

ACT - Action Counters Terrorism

ACT - Advanced Curtain Walling Technology

ACWP - Actual Cost of Work Performed

AD - Anno Domini

AD - Anaerobic Digestion

AD - Approved Document

AD - Area Drain

AD - Aspirated Detector

ADA - Association of Drainage Authorities

ADCAC - Approval of Details (relating to CAC)

ADF - Accidental Dwelling Fires

ADFULL - Approval of Details (relating to FULL)

ADH - Adhesive

ADLBC - Approval of Details (relating to LBC)

ADQ - Actual Digital Questions

ADR - Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADS - Area Data Sheets

ADV - Advert Application

AEA - Allowed Enforcement Appeal

AEC - Annual Equivalent Cost.

AEC - Architectural, Engineering and Construction

AECB - Association for Environment Conscious Building

AECO - Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation

AECOO - Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator

AED - Automated external defibrillator

AEDET - Achieving Excellence in Design Evaluation Toolkit (healthcare buildings)

AEP - Annual Exceedance Probability

AES - Afflux Estimation System

AEV - Annual Equivalent Value.

AFF - Above Finished Floor

AFFL - Above Finished Floor Level

AFL - Agreement For Lease

AFOLU - Agriculture Forestry and Other Land Use

AHERA - Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

AHJ - Authority Having Jurisdiction

AHU - Air Handling Unit

AHVLA - Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

AI - Approved Inspector

AI - Architect's Instruction

AIA - Asbestos International Association

AIB - Asbestos Insulation Board

AIL - Abnormal Indivisible Load

AIM - Architectural Information Model

AIM - Asset Information Model

AIOSH - Associate of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

AIR - Asset Information Requirements.

ALARP - As Low As Reasonably Practicable

ALB - Arm's Length Body

ALC - Agricultural Land Classification

ALC - Alliance Contract

ALG - Association of London Government

ALGAO - Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers

ALGE - Association of Local Government Ecologists

ALM - Alarm

ALO - Architectural Liaison Officer

ALOS - Average Length of Stay

ALR - All Lane Running (ALR) motorways

ALUM - Aluminium

AM - Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)

AM - Asset Management

AMF - Automatic Mains Failure (detection)

AMF - Above Main Floor

AMIN - Annual Minium Flow

AMN - All Measures Necessary

AMP - Agreed Maximum Price

AMP - Asset Management Plan

AMP5 - Asset management plan for the 5-year period 2010-2015

AMT - Automatic Monitoring and Targeting

ANC - Association of Noise Consultants

ANOD - Anodised

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

AOB - Any Other Business

AoC - Attestation of Conformity

AOCTs - Associated Overseas Countries and Territories

AOD - above Ordnance Datum

AoE - Audio over Ethernet

AOM - Asset Optioneering Model

AONB - area of outstanding natural beauty

AoS - appraisal of sustainability

AOV - Automatic Opening Vent

AoV - Angle of View

AP - Access Panel

AP - Accredited Professional (BREEAM)

AP130 - 30-day antecedent precipitation index

APAD - Application for Prior Approval to Demolish

APC - Aminopolycarboxylate

APC - Assessment of Professional Competence

APE - Association of Planning Engineers

APF - Assigned Protection Factor

APF - Assured Performance Framework

API - Antecedent Precipitation Index

APPG - All Party Parliamentary Group

APQP - Advanced Product Quality Planning

APS - Association of Planning Supervisors

APUDG - All Party Urban Development Group

APW - available profile water

APX - Approx.

AQAP - air quality action plan

AQMA - air quality management area

AQMA - Air Quality Management Area

AQMP - Air Quality Management Plan

AQP - Academically Qualified Person

AQS - Air Quality Strategy

ARB - Architects Registration Board

ARC - Alarm Receiving Centre

ARCA - Asbestos Removal Contractors Association

ARL - Asset Remaining Life

ARPT - Annual Residential Property Tax

ARS - Average Risk Score

AS - Acoustic Sealant

AS - AcouStud

AS - Aspirated Detector

AS - Audio Speaker

ASA - Alternative site assessment

ASBA - Association of Self-Build Architects

ASBU - Advanced Social Building Unit

ASC - Above Suspended Ceiling

ASC - Asset support contractor

ASD - Allowable Strength Design

ASD - Aspirated Detector

ASFP - Association for Specialist Fire Protection

ASHP - Air Source Heat Pump

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

ASI - Architect and Surveying Institute

ASL - advanced stop line

ASLIC - Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations

ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASP - Application service provider

ASR - Aquifer storage and recovery

AST - Assured Shorthold Tenancy.

ASTM - ASTM International (originally American Society for Testing and Materials).

AStSWF - area susceptible to surface water flooding

ASZ - archaeological sub-zone

ATC - automatic traffic count

ATC - Assessment of Technical Competence

ATC - Automatic Temperature Control

ATD - Above Tunnel Datum

ATE - Actual Time Expended

ATH - Aluminium Trihydrate

ATO - accumulated temperature above 0°C

ATP - Acceptance Test Protocol/Acceptance To Proceed

ATS - Aerobic Treatment System

ATS - Automatic Transfer Switch

AURN - Automatic Urban and Rural Network

AV - Air Vent

AV - Audio Visual (equipment)

AVCL - Air and Vapour Control Layer

AVCP - Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance

AVH - AV Hub

AVS - Automated vendor selection

AWC - available water capacity

AWS - Automatic warning system


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