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What Is Millwork? (And 5 Ways To Meet Industry Standards)

AWI Standards for millwork cover a wide range of technical details that woodworking professionals can comply with. These standards cover both the aesthetic and functional aspects of architectural millwork, and include both customized and common woodwork, from panels, window cases, and crown moldings, to custom kitchen cabinets and drafting and display counters. The term ‘millwork’ is sometimes (more...)

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What Does Wood Casework Mean In Interior Architectural Design?

The AWI Casework Standards are a set of best practices for the interior woodwork industry that can be followed by professional woodworkers, architects, and interior designers. These standards ensure customer satisfaction by delivering consistently high quality every step of the way.   What Is Wood Casework? Wood casework has both aesthetic and functional roles in interior architectural des (more...)

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What Is AWI Certification?

AWI certification, more correctly called QCP certification, is a woodworking project quality assurance certification that is administered by the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Quality Certification Program (which is why you may know it as either AWI certification or QCP certification!).  Available to woodworkers, architects, and general contractors, AWI certification is focused on ensuring (more...)

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The Architectural Woodwork Institute’s New Woodwork Standards

In this article, we discuss AWI’s new versions of some of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, and how the changes will affect woodworkers and architects.  You can also listen to this blog post as a podcast hosted by QCP’s Executive Director, Randy Estabrook. Listen now.   A brief history of the AWS Firstly, it’s important to understand the Architectural Woodwork Standards. The AWS fi (more...)

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Where To Find The AWI Standards For Woodworking Certification

The simple answer is that you can find all the AWI Standards documents online, along with the Architectural Woodwork Standards. But what do these standards cover, and how do they all fit together?    An Overview of the Architectural Woodwork Standards The AWS  were first produced with the collaboration of three North American trade associations: the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) (more...)

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Everything An Architect Needs To Know About Woodworking’s Quality Certification Program

As an architect, the benefits of adhering to AWI’s Quality Certification Program include building your business, consistently exceeding your clients’ expectations, and earning an outstanding reputation.  Better known simply as QCP, this quality program was developed by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) in order to standardize the use of high-quality materials, best practices, and im (more...)

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QCP Rep Spotlight – Wayne Hintz, QCC Veteran

Architectural woodwork veteran of over 30 years Wayne Hintz ended his long-standing association with the AWI Quality Certification Program on Nov. 30 when he entered a leisurely phase of life envied by wannabe retirees. Since 2017 Wayne was a QCP Representative-at-large, conducting inspections in the field and educating QCP Licensees about non-conformance with AWI Standards that could impact their (more...)

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QCP Waives Some Fees Due to COVID-19

2020, what a year! In early March many of us were in Asheville, NC enjoying AWI’s Spring Leadership Conference and, in the background, there were news stories about a virulent virus beginning to spread across the world. Less than a month later, COVID-19 was here and suddenly participants’ projects were delayed or shut down. Companies were trying to figure out how to handle having employees (more...)

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