The new architectural woodwork standards in North America will be effective from July 1

The Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI) – based in Sacramento, California, United States (U.S.) – released the North American Architectural Woodwork Standards 3.1 (NAAWS 3.1), and stepping away from the standards from the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), based in Potomac Falls, Virginia, U.S.

Published in both French and English, the new standards will be effective from the 1st of July, 2017.

After a dispute over the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in April 2016 with the AWI, AWMAC and WI announced that they would be developing new standards.

The AWI stated that it had attempted to resolve the dispute with AWMAC and WI, to no avail. “In the best interest of the woodwork industry and to preserve the partnership with WI and AWMAC, AWI offered leadership roles to both organisations. 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,” AWI said in a statement released in 2016.

AWMAC called the NAAWS 3.1 a “comprehensive and forward-focused standard that builds on and replaces Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS)”. It includes improved and enhanced standards for antimicrobial surface and reclaimed and non-traditional materials, among many others.


Source: Woodworking Network, The Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada