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ANSI Wood Paneling Standard Developing at Architectural Woodwork Institute

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November 3, 2022 | Bill Esler

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is seeking participants for a proposed AWI/ANSI Standard for Wood Paneling.

As one of the interior architectural woodworking industry’s leading regulatory bodies, AWI creates and sets national standards for superior quality assurance, working with architectural millwork manufacturers, architects, general contractors, suppliers, and other woodworking professionals.

AWI works in conformance with American National Standards Institute requirements for standards development, procedures that require openness, balance, consensus, and due process. AWI has developed a number of such standards of the past two years, including those for Finish Carpentry, Architectural Wood Casework, Factory Finishing, Wood Stairs, Countertops and Wood Casework, among others. The predecessor to the developing suite of AWI Standards was the big print handbook, Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), a guide for the specification, construction, and installation of interior architectural woodwork.

The AWI Technical Committee (TC) completed its first review of the proposed 0642 Wood Paneling Standard. AWI staff is working on preparing the Standard for the ANSI ballot and public comment processes and is searching for participants in the general interest and user categories to review the draft standards and provide comments. Those interested in participating may sign up here. Participant input is used in the consensus-building process required by the American National Standards Institute.

AWI says its VP of Compliance Greg Parham headed to the Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI) National Conference in Denver last month, where he reported that the AWI Quality Certification Program—which confirms millworkers are meeting the ANSI standards in their projects—has 621 licensees, a near record high.

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