The Architectural Woodwork Institute issued a statement on its ANSI standard effort in the light of and announcement by AWMAC, based in Calgary, and Woodwork Institute, based in Sacramento, California, that they intend to develop an independent North American Woodwork Standard.

The Architectural Woodwork Institute is currently developing the next generation of a broad-based consensus industry standards for architectural woodwork through its ANSI-approved process.

AWI firmly believes in an open, informed, and transparent process of standards development that involves input from subject experts, design professionals, manufacturers, project owners, and other stakeholders.

Until our new Standard is approved by industry vote, AWI continues to support and utilize the jointly developed Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition Two, October 2014.

In October 2014, after publication of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition Two, jointly developed with the Woodwork Institute (WI) and the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC), AWI informed each association of its intent to develop future industry standards as an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO).

In the best interest of the woodwork industry and to preserve the partnership with WI and AWMAC, AWI offered leadership roles to both organizations. In an attempt to move forward with a jointly sponsored standard, AWI diligently negotiated throughout 2015 with both WI and AWMAC but sadly, agreement was not reached between the three industry associations.

The Architectural Woodwork Institute looks forward to the future when our industry’s standards will harmonize with other ANSI-approved standards. To aid specifiers and design professionals, AWI will coordinate its new ANSI standard with CSI’s Master Format sections. The Institute is partnering with related industry associations and continues its collaboration with many long time industry partners as we build robust standards to meet the needs of both woodwork manufacturers and the entire design professional community.

AWI invites and encourages anyone having suggestions, inputs, or perhaps those who might be interested in participating in AWI’s new standards development process to contact the AWI Technical Services Manager, Ashley Goodin, at agoodin@awinet.org.

AWI is firmly committed to the principle of developing our new industry standard that fairly represents all architectural woodwork and interior industry shareholders. Won’t you join with us to build our NEXT Generation of architectural woodwork and interiors industry standards?

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