AWI Announces Proposed American National Standard AWI 1236–Countertops 

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NEWS RELEASE – Architectural Woodwork Institute

Potomac Falls, VA, October 19, 2020 – 
As part of the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s (AWI) approved ANSI procedures, the AWI Standards Development Team is announcing that AWI 1236–Countertops will be submitted to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for public comment and canvass. AWI’s Standards Development Team, and the AWI Technical Committee are seeking industry professionals who are directly and materially affected, to join our canvass body.

AWI 1236 has been developed to provide standards and tolerances for the quality and fit of countertops. Establishing minimum aesthetic and performance requirements to provide a well-defined degree of control over a project’s quality of materials and workmanship for the manufacture of countertops. 

Input from members of the industry is invaluable to the standard development process. Comments will help us to strengthen our standards and ensure the standards we release are of the utmost quality. We are looking forward to completing this process and publishing another ANSI standard. More information on the AWI approved ANSI procedures are available here.

We are in need of Users [Organizations or individuals that use or specify the products associated with AWI standards. (e.g., architects, distributors, fabricators, general contractors, consumers, etc.)] and General Interest [Public or private organizations or individuals that have an interest in the design or use of products associated with AWI standards, but neither produce nor use them directly. (e.g., industry trade associations, code officials, members of academia, governmental agencies, environmental NGOs, etc.)]. Those not on the canvass list who have a direct and material interest in the standard have an opportunity to participate in the review of the standard during the public review process, as announced in Standards Action.

Users and General Interest participants click on this link Pre-canvass Interest Survey: AWI 1236 to register.  For additional information contact AWI Technical Director Hunter Morrison ( or AWI Technical Projects Manager Cheri Dermyre (

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit trade association founded in 1953. Today, AWI represents nearly 3000 members consisting of architectural woodworkers, suppliers, design professionals and students from around the world. AWI has produced and collaborated on the development of standards in accordance with its mission from its founding in 1953 to the present day. AWI is an accredited American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard developing organization (SDO) as of Aug. 15, 2014.

Through AWI’s ANSI-approved standards writing process, the Technical Committee and volunteer subject expert review teams have developed a multi-section suite of standards that harmonize with other relevant ANSI industry standards. By doing so, differing interpretations and conflicts surrounding the Standard will be minimized.  

ANSI facilitates the development of American National Standards (ANS) by accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations (SDOs). These groups work cooperatively to develop voluntary national consensus standards. Accreditation by ANSI signifies that the procedures used by the standards body in connection with the development of American National Standards meet the Institute’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus, and due process.

Thank you for your time and dedication to the industry!                              

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Contact: Hunter Morrison
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