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North American Architectural Woodwork Standards 4.0 (NAAWS 4.0)

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The North American Architectural Woodwork Standards (NAAWS) manual is a comprehensive set of standards that defines the requirements of material and workmanship for the fabrication and installation of architectural woodwork. In addition, NAAWS:

  • empowers design professionals to specify elements of architectural woodwork which meet their client’s needs,
  • provides measures to ensure that manufacturers and installers bidding on a project compete equally and must perform equal quality work, and
  • offers industry information, terminology, and criteria for manufacturing and installing to industry standards.

The NAAWS is jointly developed, maintained and published by AWMAC and the Woodwork Institute and is designed for architects, specification writers, contractors, fabricators, installers and millwork firms across North America and beyond.

The NAAWS 4.0 builds on and replaces NAAWS 3.1 and is available as a free, interactive PDF in English, French, and Spanish at Hard copies may be ordered through AWMAC’s website.

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Order your hard copy of NAAWS 4.0. ($80 CAD)

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Download NAAWS

Download the NAAWS manual for FREE! The PDF version has searchable, interactive elements for navigation and highlighting of relevant standards as you use it. As updated versions of NAAWS are issued through errata, the digital version is updated online.



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The NAAWS glossary has colour imagery, as well as detailed explanations for the various terms used throughout the document.


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