Quality Review Articles for Architects and Designers

What Licensing & Certification Mean in QCP’s Quality Assurance Process

At AWI’s Quality Certification Program (QCP), we have two basic components to our quality assurance process.  One is woodworking firm licensing, and one is woodworking project certification. These components are separate but very closely related. In a nutshell, woodworking firms must have a QCP license to certify projects. Holding a QCP license doesn’t automatically mean that every woodworki (more...)

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AWI’s Performance-Based Architectural Woodwork Standards

We’ve had a lot of questions recently about the new ANSI/AWI Standards and the performance-based system they’ve adopted. In this article, we address all your major questions, including how the performance-based system works, why the standards changed in the first place, and what benefits they bring to woodworkers and design professionals.   Performance-Based Architectural Wood Casework (more...)

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What to Consider and Include in Cabinet Shop Drawings

Producing accurate, clear, and comprehensive shop drawings is a crucial step to submitting a woodwork project under the AWI Standards. Keeping manufacturers, contractors, and designers on the same page, they ensure that the design concept will look and perform exactly as intended. Most woodworkers do not provide the level of detail in their shop drawings that QCP requires. Continue reading to lear (more...)

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Leveraging Your QCP License: An Interview With Mike Sarno

In our latest podcast, Greg Parham, Executive Director for AWI’s Quality Control Program (QCP), speaks with Mike Sarno, owner of Mass Cabinets Inc. (MCI) in Methuen, Massachusetts, about the power of leveraging your QCP license. Continue reading to hear about Mike’s experience with QCP, the process of registering and bidding on a project, and how you can leverage your QCP license to bring val (more...)

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How to Find & Navigate the AWS

Understand where to find the Architectural Woodwork Standards now the new AWI Standards have been released The new AWI Standards offer a performance-based system for woodworkers and design professionals. However, these new standards have raised questions about the original Architectural Woodwork Standards and where to find them.  In this article, we explore what the new AWI Standards are and ho (more...)

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Why Have the Industry Standards for Wood Casework Changed?

New industry standards for wood casework took effect on June 1st, 2020. Known as the ANSI/AWI 0641-2019—Architectural Wood Casework Standard, these succeed, replace, and supplant Section 10 of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (2014) as recognized by AWI and AWI-QCP when specifying. Taking a performance-based approach, the new standards for casework architecture have a stronger fo (more...)

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ANSI/AWI 0641 Casework | Part 1 Free casework performance testing with AWI

In our latest podcast, Greg Parham, Executive Director for AWI’s Quality Control Program (QCP), speaks with the Executive Vice President of AWI, Doug Hague, regarding the recent announcement of free casework testing options for AWI members. Continue reading to learn more about the new ANSI/AWI 0641 Casework standard, how the free testing element works, and how it drives innovation for woodworki (more...)

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Everything You Need to Know About AWI Temperature & Humidity Standards

If temperature and humidity aren’t properly controlled, or if a product hasn’t been designed, constructed, and stored correctly, it can lead to a range of problems in the woodwork, including warping, swelling, and shrinkage. To maintain the quality and integrity of your products, you should refer to the AWI temperature and humidity standards. AWI 200.    How Does Temperature Affect Woo (more...)

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