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Presently, AWI is leading
a profound change from the
way woodwork standards
have been created for the
past fifty-plus years. AWI,
as an ANSI accredited
Standards developing
organization (SDO),
follows ANSI's Essential
Requirements which demand
adherence to openness,
balance, due process, and
consensus from wide and
balanced cross section of
industry stakeholders.
AWI's commitment to the
ANSI Essential Requirements
is a profound change from
our industry's past history
of creating standards. In
contrast, the old way of
creating standards was by
a small group of internally
focused individuals who
exercised the exclusive
authority to determine
and deem what a standard
requirement was and was
not, and essential to what
those individuals thought
to be in the best interest
of an entire industry's
stakeholders through
their reliance on an
industry standard in
the marketplace.

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AWI Standard-Changing
Specifics
In the new AWI Standard,
our approach is to create
requirements for two
different but equally
important components
of woodwork products,
their ability to perform in
different applications of
intended use, and product
appearance or an aesthetic
requirement.
A contrasting example
of the change AWI is
bringing in our new AWI
Standard is in casework
grade levels. For decades
previous standards relied
upon the three casework
grade levels of Economy,
Custom and Premium and
those three descriptors
perhaps erroneously
implied performance and
appearance of Good, Better
and Best
endproduct.

A logical deduction would
be that a Premium grade
cabinet is better built and
stronger than a Custom
Grade cabinet and logically
that a Custom Grade cabinet
is stronger than an Economy
Grade cabinet. In that logical
nutshell lies an erroneous
conclusion but natural
outcome when a standard
implies and applies a oneword grade level descriptor
to meld performance and
appearance which in reality
are two very different
characteristics.
In the application of the
single word descriptors
of Economy, Custom and
Premium casework
grades, the
customer gets
virtually the same
casework joinery
method(s) whether it's
intended as a sequenced
veneer matched executive
board room credenza, or a
plastic laminate clad storage
cabinet at a maximumsecurity prison.

So how does a specifier
get stronger cabinets for
institutional environments,
or an appropriate cabinet
for an office mail room, or
upscale residence? AWI's
new standard is providing
solutions and a means for
design professional to select
performance duty levels that
will help match a product's
intended application,
use and performance
characteristic.



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