Guarantee Quality. Specify GIS.
Protect Your Project
GIS stands for Guarantee and Inspection Service.
AWMAC and the regional AWMAC Chapters administer the GIS program on a per-project basis.
Follow these four steps:
The GIS program comes into effect as soon as the tender documents specify the requirements for the Guarantee and Inspection Service.
The GIS is available to both members and non-members; however, only AWMAC members in good standing will receive the guarantee. AWMAC suggests that the design professional asks non-members for a two-year maintenance bond. See Wording for Specifying GIS.
Once specified, the GIS is a three-step process with a physical inspection and written report issued for each step:
Based on the architectural woodwork contract, the inspection cost is borne by the Manufacturer but is part of the project tender.
AWMAC GIS Inspectors must have significant experience and knowledge in building construction, specifically architectural woodwork.
Inspectors must pass AWMAC’s Inspection Certification Exam, achieving a minimum grade of 95%. Upon completion of the exam, the inspector will complete a set of four GIS inspections under the supervision of an AWMAC GIS Inspector.
Once the inspector-in-training has completed four inspections, they will become a certified AWMAC GIS Inspector.
AWMAC, through its Chapter, will issue a two-year Certificate of Guarantee on projects which have passed the final GIS inspection. The final inspection will not be passed until all deficient items have been rectified and the project is brought up to the standards for the grade specified on the project.
Subject to exclusions, if any, outlined in the Guarantee, the AWMAC architectural woodwork manufacturer who signed as the first guarantor shall replace all defective architectural woodwork on the project, provided that the defects in the architectural woodwork are caused wholly as a result of faulty workmanship or defective material supplied by AWMAC’s architectural woodwork manufacturer.
Please see the AWMAC's Grades page.
AWMAC will not issue a Certificate of Guarantee unless the supply and installation of the completed architectural woodwork on a project comply with AWMAC’s Standards.
The regional AWMAC Chapter that has performed the inspections becomes the second guarantor.
If the manufacturer cannot, for whatever reason, address these issues, then the AWMAC Chapter office will hire another AWMAC manufacturer member to complete the work. The Chapter office will bear the cost.
AWMAC becomes the third guarantor in the remote chance that the project's supply and installation of architectural woodwork become defective during the two-year guarantee period.
With every project you take on, you want to avoid pitfalls like risk exposure and frustrated clients. AWMAC’s GIS ensures a path to success… delivering quality architectural woodwork to a satisfied client. AWMAC’s GIS is a national program that has evolved over the past 18 years and guarantees architectural woodwork meets or exceeds AWMAC’s STANDARDS. An AWMAC inspection isn’t just a stamp of approval. Think of it as the ultimate way to achieve peace of mind with those who matter most: your customers.Read the Brochure Contact us