First Four New AWI Sections Released, Accessible Online

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The Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Standards Development Team has released the first four of the upcoming suite of sections, which became available in digital format online on Feb. 1, 2019, and take effect on March 15, 2019.

AWI StandardsIndustry professionals who have been using the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (2014) (AWS2) will likely notice some distinct differences in the requirements contained within the newer sections.


Differences with AWS2

Many of the most pronounced differences between the original and recrafted standards will be contained within the ANSI/AWI 0620-2018 Finish Carpentry Standard. Through a rigorous vetting process, the AWI Technical Committee has re-evaluated the requirements currently contained within the AWS2 and eliminated prescriptive requirements, where possible. The resulting document then went through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval process, during which it was considered once again by industry professionals from all facets of the architectural woodwork industry.

The updated AWI section focuses heavily upon the structural integrity of architectural woodwork and related interior finishes, as opposed to presenting prescriptive requirements. The standard is intended to give installers, manufacturers, and suppliers a broader range of options in meeting customer demands while maintaining the integrity of their workmanship.

Three non-ANSI primer sections, AWI 100–Submittals; AWI 200–Care & Storage; and AWI 300–Materials, also were released for review along with the ANSI/AWI 0620-2018 Finish Carpentry Standard.

Online Access

These documents have been made available for review at for 45 days before taking effect on March 15, 2019. On that effective date, the new standards will supersede their respective sections of the AWS2. AWI 100–Submittals will take the place of the requirements in Section 1 of the AWS2, while AWI 200–Care & Storage will replace the requirements set forth in Section 2 of the AWS2. Section 3 of the AWS2 will be replaced by AWI 300–Materials.

The ANSI/AWI 0620-2018 Finish Carpentry Standard will take the place of the Installation portions near the end of each section of the AWS2.

Until the date on which these standards take effect, architectural woodwork industry professionals will continue to use the AWS2 to access the requirements for their projects. “Any projects bid on/after March 15 must conform to the new installation standard,” noted QCC Executive Director Randy Estabrook.

Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI)The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has produced and collaborated on the development of Standards in accordance with its mission from its founding in 1953 to the present  

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)Founded in 1918, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment

Pulled from Quality Times – First Quarter – March 12, 2019