POTOMAC FALLS, Va. - The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is in the process of creating a new suite of standards for architectural woodwork. The creation of these standards, which is expected to continue for the next three years, will define and address each aspect of architectural woodwork.
While the 2014 second edition of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) remains AWI's current and recognized woodwork standard, AWI Standards co-editor, Margaret Fisher, noted that the next generation of AWI Standards will begin to be published in 2018 and ready for use by design professionals and specifiers in planning upcoming projects.
As the standards are being developed with ease of accessibility throughout a variety of mobile and digital platforms in mind, glossary terms and illustrations included in the standards will be available through links on electronic tablets, smartphones, and computers.
While the performance duty levels will be defined in the new casework standards, significant changes will include a simplified numeric designation system for citing standards and the addition of new performance duty levels which will aid specifiers in choosing the correct cabinet type for its intended use.
While changing the woodwork industry, AWI will continue to provide technical assistance for the users of the current AWS. AWI welcomes the input of design professionals and specifiers to participate in Subject Expert Review Teams (SERT) and Canvass Teams for each section being written through its ANSI-approved development process.
Founded in 1953, the Architectural Woodwork Institute is a nonprofit trade association representing nearly 4000 members consisting of architectural woodworkers, suppliers, design professionals, and students from around the world.

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