Due to quality control concerns, and ensuring that products are produced only in the highest quality, two of the leading woodworking institutions in the United States have partnered to set a new group of standards. The Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada and the Woodwork Institute, which is based in the United States, have partnered up to create the new standards (http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/canadian-news/awmac-releases-new-north-american-architectural-woodwork-standards).
The new woodworking rules and regulations will go into effect starting on July 1, 2017. The new system will work to further enhance the already existing Architectural Woodwork Standards, which have been in place for more than a decade. The new rules will have an impact on a variety of woodworking standards including reclaimed woodwork, cabinet hardware, and seismic casework installation. All of these standards will work to ensure that new woodworked products are of the highest quality, are durable, and are safe for use.
Thew new rulebook, which is being referred to as NAAWS 3.1, will be available for purchase of just $70. When purchased, a buyer will be able to choose between a number of different languages, including Spanish, English, and French. There will also be a number of visual aides and an updated section, which will discuss the changes at a higher level. Both the new rules and the books will go into effect starting on July 1. Those that are found to not be in compliance with the new rules could face penalties, recalls, and even suspensions until they are shown to be in compliance.