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In response to the needs of
stakeholders, AWI has begun the
journey to make the standards more
agile to use and easier to navigate
while improving the connection to the
woodwork and interiors industry.

Now, AWI staff is seeking input
from all stakeholders while compiling
content based on previous standards
and current industry practice. The
resulting work will be a compendium
of over 15 individual standards,
with 12 standards currently slated

DEVELOPING A STANDARD THROUGH
ANSI APPROVED PROCESS

With a firm foundation grounded in
previous standards as well as the best
practices of the industry, AWI is building
a suite of standards that embrace the
existing materials and methodologies
while offering clear assessment and
comparison of emerging products and
their performance.
The AWI Technical Committee
is charged with overseeing the
development process, working
collaboratively with AWI professional
staff. They review testing methods and
results to form the basis for objective
evaluations of woodwork fabrications.
Testing of architectural casework is
underway at the AWI National Testing
Center in Americus, Georgia.
Existing prescriptive material
and joinery requirements are being
tested to failure in determining the
performance characteristics. Test data
and resulting performance levels will
enable the standards to consistently
define the expected performance
and appearance of the specified
woodwork products while still allowing
manufacturers to confidently produce
them to that standard with some
flexibility.
Thus, Construction Specifiers, will
find it easier to put the right cabinet
in the right place to do the right job
than ever before. You'll never know
what you're capable of until you try
something new.

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to be developed
through an ANSIapproved process.
The scope of each
standard will harmonize
with CSI MasterFormat®
section numbers, giving specifiers
and designers greater confidence
and a better set of tools for project
specification.
In order to make the standards
more agile, the standards are being
designed for digital and mobile
use with increased functionality and
responsiveness to on-screen and
in-hand viewing. Those who desire the
book in print form will be able to obtain
a copy via on-demand printing.
There are over 40 defined
steps along the way to arriving at a
completed standard section and will
take more than a year to accomplish.
As a stakeholder in the standards,
you are already a part of the process!
Subject Expert Review Teams will
review the content of each section
draft, and canvassed persons will
review the succeeding drafts.

The Standards Editorial Team then
courageously edits for redundancies,
ineffective language and unmeasurable
statements to produce a new standard
based on openness and transparency.
While AWI's three long established
grades, Premium, Custom and Economy
will remain the familiar
ratings for Aesthetic
Measures, Structural/
Performance Testing
adds another layer of
differentiation, so now
a new rating will also
appear in the section
standard. Grade 1 (lowest
performance values)
followed by Grade
2, Grade 3, and
Grade 4 (highest
performance values).
Threshold Values for Pass/
Fail will be established. Then
applied to those thresholds to
test Installed Cabinets, Stand
Alone Cabinets and Combinations
with doors, without doors, with
drawers and without drawers.
CONFIDENCE IS BRED BY
CERTAINTIES.

In the new standards, ambiguous
language will be eliminated.
Phraseology that includes shall, may,
shall not, should not and any other
situation that gives multiple choices
for what you can do will be replaced
with certainties that fit either the sections
prescriptives, the aesthetic or the
performance measures. Testing will help
accomplish this. Here are some examples.
In the Architectural Woodwork
Standards Edition 2 on page
322, in Casework Assembly Rules,
10.4.7.22.3.1.5.1.1, it is stated: "Joinery
requires All joints be securely glued,
with mechanical fasteners for cabinet
body, back, and/or drawer construction,
a maximum of 4" [101.6mm] on center
with a minimum of two fasteners
per joint except: At DOWEL joints
(see end view diagram below):
Dowel to be a minimum of 5/16"
x 1-3/16" [8mm x 30mm] and be
glued and clamped."



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