New ANSI/AWI Architectural Wood Casework Standard on the Street

Featured image for “New ANSI/AWI Architectural Wood Casework Standard on the Street”

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) announces the release of the ANSI / AWI 0641-2019—Architectural Wood Casework Standard, opening the door for innovation and cost saving opportunities.  ANSI / AWI 0641 took effect June 1, 2020, and succeeds, replaces, and supplants Section 10 of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (2014) as the most current version of the AWI Standards for architectural wood casework.

“With ANSI / AWI 0641, an architect can mix and match aesthetic and performance requirements so that the end product best suits the vision of the project owner,” said AWI President Tyler Cerny, president of Strata Design.

The ANSI / AWI 0641-2019—Architectural Wood Casework Standard encompasses a variety of architectural wood casework, including wood veneer-faced architectural cabinets, plastic-laminate-clad architectural cabinets, and cabinet and drawer hardware as specified under CSI MasterFormat Division 6. This standard establishes structural and aesthetic tolerances for each of the aforementioned applications, ensuring that the final product is of the utmost quality with regards to the specified visual appeal and structural integrity.

“Of all AWI Standards, the new Architectural Wood Casework Standard is the largest section of forthcoming ANSI / AWI Standards that has greatest impact of change for woodworkers,” said er Cerny.

In previous AWI Standards, a casework unit’s aesthetic and structural requirements were lumped together under three Grades: Economy, Custom and Premium. In ANSI / AWI 0641, characteristics are divided into two parts for the first time:

  1. Aesthetics—Economy, Custom and Premium Grades; and
  2. Structural Performance—Duty Levels: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Duty Levels evolved from the desire for a performance-based standard, according to AWI Technical Committee Chair Greg Lutz, president of Lutz Woodworks.  “This component of the Standard required extensive testing and significantly lengthened the Standard’s development process.  Hundreds of hours of testing took place at the AWI National Testing Center in Americus, GA, where data was collected to provide AWI with reference information needed for a Standard of this level.  Also, during the canvass process, feedback from interested parties identified substantial changes that were necessary and incorporated. Rigorous testing of this nature had not been available previously.”

The Duty Level requirements were determined by measuring the amount of force and pressure the product can tolerate or withstand during the extensive AWI testing process at the AWI National Testing Center.
The ANSI / AWI 0641-2019—Architectural Wood Casework Standard, as well as, AWI 100—SubmittalsAWI 200—Care & StorageAWI 300—Materials, and ANSI / AWI 0620-2018—Finish Carpentry Installation Standard are presented in an interactive format online to view, bookmark, save and share free of charge through the Standards Area of  Printed copies of all AWI Standards are available for purchase in the AWI website store. 

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has produced and collaborated on the development of standards in accordance with its mission since its founding in 1953 to the present day. AWI is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developer Organization.

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 system and is committed to strengthening its impact, both domestically and internationally.  The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations, and 30 million professionals worldwide.