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Architectural Woodwork Standards
The Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) is the guide for the specification, construction, and installation of interior architectural woodwork. The AWS is a definitive reference manual designed to simplify and clarify guidelines, information and principles required for fabrication, and finishing and installation of architectural woodwork. It provides design professionals with a logical and facile means to comprehensively specify woodwork elements.

AWI Technical Committee Issues Clarification/Interpretation Guidelines for the 
Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2, 2014

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AWI ANSI-approved Standards Development Procedures (NEW)

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ANSI/AWI Architectural Woodwork Standard Initiative
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Technical Assistance
As a member only benefit, AWI members always receive priority responses with technical help questions. AWI members may contact AWI Technical Services Manager, Ashley Goodin by phone 229-942-1004 or email

Non-member technical assistance is available only by e-mail inquiry. Send your inquiries to  and you will be answered in a timely manner.
General Note: AWI does not render opinions related to standards compliance based on your description or photographs submitted. AWI does not recommend one company member over another.
Tell the AWI Technical Committee about any errors you find
If you feel that an error has been published, let your AWI Technical Committee know about it. Simply complete AWI’s convenient on-line submittal. On a quarterly basis beginning in January 2015, errata corrections will be compiled and made available.  

Standards Compliance, Woodwork Inspections and Reporting 
The AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) is a valuable quality assurance tool that aids in the delivery of fine interior architectural woodwork. QCP is endorsed by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).   Click here for more information about standards compliance.
Woodwork compliance inspections can be obtained by the AWI Quality Certification Corporation’s network of independent expert inspectors.  The only requirement for a compliance inspection is the Architectural Woodwork Standards must have been incorporated into project’s construction documents.  Contact Randy Estabrook for inspection information at or by phone 571-364-7319.