How To Navigate The AWI Quality Standards

How To Navigate The AWI Quality Standards

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The AWI  standards are a set of best practices in the architectural woodworking industry. These standards are published by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) to ensure that woodworkers, design professionals, tradespeople, and general contractors maintain quality across all projects.

AWI’s Quality Certification Program (QCP) uses these woodwork industry standards, as well as the updates that AWI has made to these standards in line with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), to establish expectations and quality assurance tools for industries and professionals associated with interior architectural woodwork projects.

The current set of new AWI Standards include: AWI 100, AWI 200, AWI 300, ANSI/AWI 0621 and ANSI/AWI 0641 (more on each of these standards below). These cover various aspects of professional woodworking, such as quality of materials, finish carpentry, and architectural wood casework. 


How To Use The Standards

AWI is transitioning its standards from the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) to these new standards as they complete the required ANSI process). The Quality Certification Program (QCP) enforces these standards in woodworking projects around the world. The new standards as whole are referenced as the “AWI Standards”

The AWI Standards are primarily based on the AWS and cover standards related to submittals, storage, materials, finish, carpentry, casework, and millwork. The importance of the AWI Standards is that they set a minimum quality baseline for woodwork projects. This baseline also serves as the reference for a woodworking firm to earn a QCP license.

To help you understand how the standards are transitioning, we’ve created a standards roadmap that explains the journey from the AWS to the AWI current AWI Standards.


Purpose of each AWI Standard

  • AWI 100 – Submittal: Provides common ground or standards for shop drawings to provide consistent communication of various aspects of the project, like shop drawings and material data and construction methods.
  • AWI 200 – Care & Storage: Provides standards on how to best protect architectural woodwork and interior finishes in regard to environmental conditions. It also has post-delivery standards, such as humidity requirements.
  • AWI 300 – Materials: Provides a well-defined level of control on the quality of materials and workmanship, including defining the level of natural characteristics permitted,, which has bearing on the performance and appearance of the final products.
  • ANSI/AWI 0620 – Finish Carpentry/Installation: Provides a basis for the quality of the field installation of architectural woodwork and other related interior finishes.
  • ANSI/AWI 0641 – Architectural Wood Casework: Specifies the minimum aesthetics and performance requirements for casework projects. It also delineates the degree of control regarding the quality of materials and workmanship.



  • AWI 100 – Submittal: Mainly covers the requirements for shop drawings, such as material listing, construction details including veneer layout. .
  • AWI 200 – Care & Storage: Primarily covers the environmental conditions for installation and what should be maintained following install and project completion AWI 300 – Materials: Covers specifications on lumber, panel cores, and panel surfaces, as well as other related materials.
  • ANSI/AWI 0620 – Finish Carpentry/Installation: Addresses installation of wood trim, paneling, casework, integrated door systems, countertops, and other related interior finishes
  • ANSI/AWI 0641 – Architectural Wood Casework: Covers the aesthetic and performance standards for casework products that are designed for specific construction projects., but excludes installation.



  • AWI 100 – Submittal: The drawings shall provide information to fully convey the provider’s intent for materials, construction and installation to meet the project requirements.  The original contract and architectural drawings serve as the basis for compliance verification.
  • AWI 200 – Care & Storage: These standards provide architectural woodworking professionals with the requirements for environmental controls to ensure the longevity of the final products.
  • AWI 300 – Materials: The requirements here are mainly material rules that are required to meet the required aesthetic grades of premium, custom, and economy. 
  • ANSI/AWI 0620 – Finish Carpentry/Installation: Specifies the requirements for installation in terms of documented instructions or lack thereof, color and grain matching, and tolerances for gaps, flushness, and alignment. 
  • ANSI/AWI 0641 – Architectural Wood Casework: The main requirements are related to performance duty levels and aesthetic performance.


Find out more about the AWI Standards and how to use them.

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