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AWI Standards & ANSI

In the new suite of AWI Standards, AWI is using the ANSI process to establish industry-wide consensus and transparency in the standards development process. The new AWI Standards trade in prescriptive requirements for performance-based measures that provide design professionals, manufacturers, suppliers, installers, and users with more flexibility, value, and room for innovation.

To ensure up-to-date compliance during the transitionary period, specifiers should specify compliance with "AWI Standards, Current Edition."

Until the date on which the new AWI Standards take effect, architectural woodwork industry professionals will continue to use the AWS Ed.2, Redline Version to access the requirements for their projects.

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ANSI/AWI Approved Procedures

These procedures constitute the AWI method of developing evidence of consensus for the approval, reaffirmation, revision, or withdrawal of American National Standards.

ANSI/AWI Procedures Illustrated

This infographic breaks down the information contained in the full ANSI/AWI Approved Procedures into an easy-to-digest visual roadmap of AWI's ANSI standard development process.


Architectural Woodwork Standards

The predecessor to the suite of AWI Standards, 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, finishing, and installation of architectural woodwork. It provides design professionals with a logical and simple means of comprehensively specifying woodwork elements.

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Standards Compliance, Woodwork Inspections, and Reporting

The AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) is a valuable quality assurance organization that aids in the delivery of fine interior architectural woodwork. QCP is endorsed by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA). 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 that the Architectural Woodwork Standards must have been incorporated into project’s construction documents.

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Technical Assistance

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AWI members always receive priority responses to technical help questions by phone 571-323-3636 or email [email protected]


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AWI Technical Bulletins & Whitepapers

These documents provide additional and supplementary compliance information for AWI Standards.

Installation Guidelines, Casework Wall Anchorage

This whitepaper provides documentation on the default method of casework wall anchorage used in the AWI Standards in the absence of specification.

AWI Technical Bulletin No. 001

August 14, 2018
On 5mm diameter single-pin shelf support fittings used in casework construction where cabinet sides are fabricated from veneer core plywood or MDF panel products