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This is a huge step in
the development of the
standard and means that
companies can now use
their own proprietary tested
methodologies (which can
be tested at AWINTC, any
ISO 17025 lab or a lab that
uses AWI approved quality
management system)
or adopt the AWI tested
methodologies. AWI has a
lab for testing methodology
for casework construction
and have two methodologies
(dowels and confirmats) in
three different cores available
for download/purchase at
awinet.org to members and
non-members.
While the construction
AWI performed testing on
was based on prescriptive
measures set forth in the
AWS, there are several
very important differences.
Previously, the grades of work
were economy, custom, and
premium grades. Those
grades of work are still in
place, but only for aesthetics.
Architects will need to specify
both the duty level and the
aesthetic grade level.

Specifying both
means that QCP will verify
compliance for casework
joinery and whether it meets
the default or specified duty
level, and that it meets the
grade aesthetics for finish
as well as the installation
criteria.
THE NEED FOR TESTING
METHODOLOGIES AND QCP

You still need QCP
because these testing
methodologies are only a
small slice of what a specifier
would be specifying. QCP
ensures that woodworkers
are performing as required
and following the industry
standards as far as quality
of work and methodology
of work go. Without QCP,
the full project won't be
certified.
While it will take some
time for a body of knowledge
to be built up based on
the testing that AWI and its
members are doing, we can
look forward to the sharing of
that information and what it
can do for our industry. Right
now, much that woodworkers
do from a process standpoint
are done that way simply
because that's how it always
has been done.

This
testing
information
is going
to be very
informative, and
it might change
minds about some
things and serve as a guide
to making improvements
and doing things differently.
A single round of testing will
indicate whether a particular
construction method and
core material meets the
performance standards set
forth in 0641 or not. Results
of proprietary testing will not
be shared, and therefore will
not add significantly to the
overall body of knowledge,

but it will be a great step
forward for the industry to be
backed by science.
The previous Standards
were created and developed
by nine people sitting around
a table, and that's been
best practice and worked
well for about 50 years.
Now with the new AWI
Standards, we have testing
and science and are entering
a new realm. AWI will not be
sharing the results of
manufacturers'
proprietary
testing.
Results
also do not
indicate
that one
construction
method is better
than another,
but rather whether a
construction method and
core material perform against
a baseline data set. It's no
longer subjective.
To find out more detailed
information about each of the
specific standards and what
they mean, visit QCP's blog awiqcp.org/news-and-blog.

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