The Implications of New Architectural Woodwork Standards

The North American Architectural Woodwork Standards have been released. Effective on July 1st, these guidelines will direct all projects on the continent. The standards contain safety measures, size limitations, and common materials. The handbook helps to solidify projects and make sure that all contractors adhere to the same regulations. In 2017, cabinet hardware is one major addition to the standards. Workers installing cabinets have previously been free to implement them in any context or condition. Most contractors already follow these basic rules, so not much has changed here. Another large addition is laboratory casework. In the past, laboratory casework has been handled by manufacturers and other middlemen at the source of wood processing. It is now the woodworker’s responsibility to inspect wood and make sure that all laboratory guidelines have been followed. Again, honest workers will not feel significant changes. Architectural woodwork standards are published in a handbook and distributed to appropriate users. You can also find this sort of information on the AWMAC website. By scrolling down to the bottom, you can check specifications for a type of project. Because the standards have not officially come into effect, people will only be notified of violations until July 1st. This transition period helps the association as well as contractors adjust to the new ruleset. Version 3.1 mainly contains subtle changes that affect small businesses, but version 3.2 is expected to have a larger impact.