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ANSI/AWI SMA 0643 – Wood Stair, Handrail, and Guard Systems

In our recent podcast, Jeff Brown, Director of Education at the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), and Hunter Morrison, Technical Director at AWI, discussed ANSI/AWI SMA 0643 – Wood Stair, Handrail, and Guard Systems. They were joined by Doug Adams, who is the owner of Florida Stairworks and Carpentry, and the leader of the Quality Standards Committee at the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers (more...)

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Diving into ANSI/AWI 1236 – Countertops with Hunter Morrison

In our recent podcast, Jeff Brown, Director of Education at the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), spoke with Hunter Morrison, Technical Director at AWI, about the new AWI Standard ANSI/AWI 1236 – Countertops. In this accompanying blog post, we provide an overview of ANSI/AWI 1236, discuss its requirements, and explore why the standard follows the American National Standards Institute (ANS (more...)

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Discussing ANSI/AWI 1232 – Manufactured Wood Casework with Hunter Morrison

In our recent podcast, Jeff Brown, Director of Education at the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), spoke with Hunter Morrison, Technical Director at AWI, about the new AWI Standard ANSI/AWI 1232 – Manufactured Wood Casework. In this accompanying blog post, we explore how ANSI/AWI 1232 differs from AWS Section 10, what you need to be aware of, and why this Standard follows the American Nati (more...)

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Breaking Down ANSI/AWI 0400 – Factory Finishing with Hunter Morrison

In our recent podcast, Jeff Brown, Director of Education at the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), spoke with Hunter Morrison, Technical Director at AWI, about the new AWI Standard ANSI/AWI 0400 – Factory Finishing. In this accompanying blog post, we cover the major differences between ANSI/AWI 0400 and AWS Section 5 – Finishing, the requirements of the new standard, and the introduction (more...)

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How Long Does it Take to Get QCP Licensing?

Your Quality Certification Program (QCP) license shows that your woodworking firm’s knowledge, skills, and work ethic are among the best in the industry. As well as qualifying you to work on exclusive QCP-specified projects, it gives you a powerful competitive advantage and inspires confidence in potential clients. It’s possible to bid for a QCP-specified project without a QCP license, though (more...)

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Types of Architectural Projects Where QCP is a Huge Benefit

The Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Quality Certification Program (AWI-QCP) is the industry standard for quality and risk assurance in interior architectural woodworking. It’s specified in projects across North America to ensure precision, compliance, and high-caliber woodwork through adherence to the AWI Standards. While QCP is a valuable and affordable asset in projects of all sizes, req (more...)

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Why Decorative Laminate is an Important Part of the AWI Standards

Decorative laminate is a widely popular surface material for wood furniture, countertops, and wall paneling. Not only is it affordable and highly resistant, but the vast number of decorative laminate options means you’ll always be able to find the perfect match for your project. In order to achieve the highest performance and best aesthetic appearance, it’s important to make sure your decorat (more...)

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Benefits of the Individual Drafting Accreditation (IDA)

Architects across America rely on the AWI Standards to ensure quality, consistency, and integrity in their architectural woodwork projects. So in order to secure plenty of lucrative drafting projects, you need to know how to create detailed shop drawings that accurately incorporate these standards. One of the most effective ways to develop and prove your knowledge of the AWI Standards is through (more...)

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New AWI Standards: ANSI/AWI 400 Factory Finishings

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has recently published a new set of AWI Standards to meet the changing needs of the industry. Among these is ANSI/AWI 0400 – Factory Finishing, which replaces the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) Section 5 – Finishing. While those familiar with the AWS will recognize the majority of ANSI/AWI 0400, there are two major changes from Section 5 that (more...)

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