New countertop standard proposed by AWI
August 28, 2020 | 1:29 pm CDT

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. - A new countertop standard is being submitted to the American National Standards Institute for public comment and canvass. Developed by the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Standards Development Team, AWI 1236–Countertops will provide standards and tolerances for the quality and fit of countertops, along with establishing minimum aesthetic and performance requirements to provide a well-defined degree of control over a project’s quality of materials and workmanship for the manufacture of countertops.

AWI is seeking input from industry members on the new standard. The deadline is Sept. 4, 2020, for submitting a Pre-canvass Interest Survey: AWI 1236. The association said the form must be completed regardless of an individual or organization’s past participation in any canvass process. 

For additional information contact AWI Technical Director Hunter Morrison at or AWI Technical Projects Manager Cheri Dermyre at
Founded in 1953 and based in Potomac Falls, Virginia, the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit trade association, with nearly 3000 members consisting of architectural woodworkers, suppliers, design professionals, and students from around the world. AWI is an accredited American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard developing organization (SDO) as of Aug. 15, 2014.

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