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September 1, 2015 - Third Quarter
New Resources, New Features on New QCP Website
Take a cruise around the updated and expanded QCP website —
In This Issue:
Top News
•  QCP Introduces New Website, New Content
•  New QCP Website Feature Simplifies Responses to Project Status Requests
•  QCP to Reprise Webinar Exploring Humidity & Woodwork
•  QCP Revives LinkedIn Presence; More Social Media to Come
•  Did You Know?
Tech Talk
•  Cabinet Liner is Standard, But Does It Meet the Standard?
QCP on the Road
•  AWFS Las Vegas 2015
•  Opportunities to Learn More about QCP & AWS
QCP Resources
•  Get Help, Find Answers
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QCP Introduces New Website, New Content

AWI’s Quality Certification Program (QCP) launched an overhauled website,, in July.  It features a new look, a new test for QCP Licensees covering Edition 2 of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) released last Fall, and more flexibility with respect to our ability to keep the website’s content fresh.  This is particularly true with respect to the “News” and “Resources” pages, which provide current information and items of importance to QCP Licensees and applicants, including pdf downloads of the current QCP Policies, the Minimum Sample Criteria for applicants preparing Licensing samples, and hard copy versions of various QCP administrative memos and forms.

One recent “News” page posting is a notice that QCP will occupy booth #919 at Construct 2015, a trade show and educational event for commercial building teams.  (See details below under “QCP on the Road”.)  Another news item announces initiation of a shop drawing review service now available to QCP licensees for “self-certified” projects.  The “Resources” page recently added links to archived video recordings of past “QCP Talk” webinars.  There is also a newly-posted list of the “Top 11 Non-conformities Most Reported” by QCP project inspectors.

Over 80 QCP Licensee companies have taken (or are currently taking) the website’s AWS Edition 2 test since its release in June 2015.  For submitted tests, the “pass” rate is approximately 95%.  Required for Licensee companies, the deadline for completion is Dec. 19, 2015. 

We invite one and all to check our new website. Let us know what you think and what else you want to see on the site.

New QCP Website Feature Simplifies Responses to Project Status Requests
Among the ongoing improvements and additions to QCP’s new website will be the ability of Architects, General Contractors, and licensed Woodworkers to respond online to QCP’s project status update requests.

As soon as it becomes aware of a construction project requiring certified millwork components, QCP begins tracking the project’s status.  This is done by means of monthly written inquiries to the various stakeholders involved as the project moves through the “life cycle” typical of commercial and institutional construction.

For example, if the Architect is the entity which registers the millwork as requiring certification (thereby putting it on QCP’s radar screen early on), monthly inquiries would be directed to that design firm asking whether the project has yet been released for bid, or awarded to a General Contractor (GC).   Once informed that an award has been made to a General Contractor, QCP would then address its inquiries to that GC, asking whether the millwork package is out for bid to woodwork subcontractors, or perhaps actually awarded to one of the bidders.  At the point that the millwork is under contract to one or more woodworking firms, QCP’s written correspondence is then sent to those companies, asking whether the job is in the shop drawing phase, what the estimated fabrication commencement date is, etc.  If the awarded woodwork subcontractor is not a QCP licensee, that triggers additional correspondence informing them that unless their company first completes the licensing process, it will not be able to deliver the Millwork certification requirement.  Similarly, the Architect will be notified that the millwork subcontractor cannot meet the project certification requirement unless it is successfully licensed.

In the case of millwork subcontractors, the monthly project status inquiries are sent both as e-mails, and also via the U.S. Postal Service.  This “dual media” method hopefully makes this important request for information more noticeable, and provides more opportunities for reply.  Replying to the e-mail is of course relatively simple.  However, if only our hard copy inquiry is available, replying electronically via our website ( will save you the trouble of filling out a paper form, providing postage, etc.

Look for this capability soon under the “For Woodworkers” and “Projects” main menu options on the website home page.
QCP to Reprise Webinar Exploring Humidity & Woodwork

In February 2014 QCP presented a webinar which explored the ever-present issue of the relationship between humidity and the performance of architectural millwork.  The discussion was based on information and requirements in the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), and touched on various aspects, including the “science” of humidity (what is “relative humidity”, what are acceptable humidity levels in various regions of the U.S., etc.). Other eminently practical issues were also covered, such as preventative measures which can be taken early in a project to neutralize possible future claims of deficient fabrication and installation where millwork has in fact failed because of an unconditioned space.

Because of continuing interest and relevance, QCP will again examine this topic in a Sept. 9, 2015 webinar at 2:00 pm titled “The Irresistible Force and the Movable Object Revisited” hosted by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI).  A few new wrinkles will be added, such as comparing any differences regarding this issue in the current 2nd Edition of the AWS vs. the 1st Edition, which was the Standard in force at the time of last year’s webinar.

Consult the AWI website here for more details and to register for this upcoming QCP webinar.

QCP Revives LinkedIn Presence; More Social Media to Come
Wikipedia describes LinkedIn as “a business-oriented social networking service”.  It was founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, and, as you know, is mainly used for professional networking. In 2006, LinkedIn increased its user network to 20 million members. As of March 2015, LinkedIn reports more than 364 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories.

The site is available in 24 languages. As of July 2, 2013, Quantcast reported that LinkedIn has 65.6 million monthly unique U.S. visitors and 178.4 million globally.

AWI QCP has revived its LinkedIn company page as well as its LinkedIn Group page.
As part of AWI QCP’s marketing plan, social media will play a growing role in telling the story of QCP and architectural woodwork.

Please stop by and join our group and company page at
Did You Know?
Roxanne Accetta, QCPs Project Coordinator for the last five years, became a first-time Mom this March to a healthy baby boy.  Christopher Anthony was born on March 9 weighing 7 lbs, 10 oz. and laying 20 inches “tall”.  He was born on his exact due date and declared a Premium Grade baby and, therefore, issued a birth certificate immediately with no non-compliant issues.  All kidding aside, Roxanne is enjoying the next chapter in her life as a Mom.  We, of course, missed her in the office and are glad she decided to return to QCP.  

The QCP family welcomes baby Christopher Anthony Accetta.

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Cabinet Liner is Standard, But Does It Meet the Standard?
By Wayne Hintz, QCP Program Manager
The use of high pressure decorative laminate (HPDL) cabinet liner (CLS) has been widespread in the architectural woodwork industry since time immemorial.  The reason is simple:  For casework panel components which have (for example) Vertical Grade (VGS) laminate on one face, applying cabinet liner to the opposite face is typically the most economical way to “balance” the panel to some degree, thereby reducing the chance of warping.

Two randomly chosen QCP Licensees were consulted to roughly quantify their cost savings for CLS vs. VGS.  One company reported that for sheets in standard sizes and featuring a similar white color, cabinet liner was nearly 50% less expensive than VGS at a quantity of 50.  The other company said that for ¾” thick particle board core laid-up panels (quantity unknown), a VGS face balanced by a CLS face was about 20% less expensive than a panel with two VGS faces.

The economics are pretty clear.  However, for a project with HPDL casework which is required to conform to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) it is important to be aware that a cabinet liner balancing sheet acceptable in one context may not be acceptable in another.  That importance could be amplified where a project also involves QCP certification and inspection.

The following are the relevant rules and definitions from the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (AWS — the current Standard).  (As you read them, bear in mind that if any AWS rule is in conflict with project contract documents, the contract documents always prevail.)

1) Section 10 (Casework, Basic Rules, page 304)  PANEL COMPONENTS shall be of balanced construction, constructed in such a way as not to warp in its intended use.

2) Section 10 (Casework, Basic Rules, page 302)  BACKING SHEET shall conform to the requirements established in Section 4.

3) Section 4 (Sheet Products, Basic Rules, page 90)  PANEL LAYUP requires BALANCED CONSTRUCTION of faces, thickness, and moisture content to produce a warp-free panel suitable for its intended use.
4) AWS Appendix (Glossary, page 491):  BALANCED CONSTRUCTION: To achieve balanced construction, panels should be absolutely symmetrical from the centerline; i.e. use materials on either side that contract or expand, or are moisture permeable, at the same rate…   Balancing sheet requirements for decorative laminate fabrication vary with the product.  Doors and [wall] panels should have a balancing sheet on the back side and be applied in the same machine direction.  Countertops or cabinet members, on the other hand, require some form of balancing material.
5) Section 10 (Casework, Material rules at DECORATIVE LAMINATE CASEWORK, page 307), [for Economy Grade and Custom Grade] Inside face of solid door and drawer fronts to be the same material and thickness as the face. [for Premium Grade] Inside face of solid door and drawer fronts to be the same material, pattern, color, and thickness as the door face.

What does this all boil down to?   A key phrase in these rules (see items 1 and 3 above) is “for its intended use.”  In item 4) this idea is echoed in the sentence “Balancing sheet requirements for decorative laminate fabrication vary with the product.”  For HPDL casework, the Standard’s primary differentiation in balancing sheet requirements is between “box” components and doors and drawer fronts, and the standards call this out explicitly.  Item 5) above quotes the AWS rules which require balancing sheets for HPDL cabinet doors and drawer fronts to be identical in material and thickness for all grades (with additional cosmetic requirements for Premium Grade).  Therefore, assuming VGS laminate on a drawer or door front, the balancing sheet required cannot be cabinet liner for one simple reason:  Currently published technical data sheets from major manufacturers show it is unlikely for CLS to be identical in thickness to VGS.  CLS thickness is listed as 0.020” +/-  0.004” or 0.005” (depending on the manufacturer). On the other hand, VGS is listed with a thickness range of 0.024” to 0.032”.  (AWS, Edition 2 HPDL thickness requirements on page 103 reflect this data.)  So, you could get lucky and receive a pallet of CLS on the very upper side of its thickness range, and a pallet of VGS on the very lowest side of its thickness range, and achieve identical thickness.  Or more likely, you could not.

Regardless of the material decisions you make concerning this particular casework detail, QCP’s position is that cabinet liner (CLS) as a balance sheet for casework doors and drawer fronts does not conform to the current standard.  This is nothing new.  The same requirement regarding balancing of HPDL doors and drawer fronts goes back to at least the Quality Standards Illustrated, 8th Edition, the immediate predecessor of the Architectural Woodwork Standards.

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AWFS Las Vegas 2015
By Joe Sorrelli, QCC Board of Directors Member
The temperature was above 95 degrees outside the Convention Center but inside it was cool and business as usual for the machinery manufacturers and dealers.  The Woodworkers who attended the show were certainly there to purchase new machines and purchase they did.  In speaking to several dealers, business was good and to prove it I observed many machines on the floor which had a large red sign “SOLD”.  The machines had a few updates but not too many new bells and whistles.  We at AWI/QCP spoke to hundreds of Woodworkers — some were members and others appeared interested in AWI or QCP.  We, of course, passed out every brochure, business card and giveaway we had.

Many visitors to the booth were happy with the new Edition 2 of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) and offered some insight of what they would like to see in the future.

Believe it or not far too many visitors had no idea that the Standards (AWS) existed, so we did what we could to explain and enlighten them on the publication.  After an explanation of the AWS we schooled the attendees on QCP and what it could do for their business and customers, advising that those who were participants of the program were selling QCP as the best insurance policy an owner could possibly obtain.

Trade shows such as AWFS normally provide their attendees with many options to purchase machines and to join various associations, the latter being a difficult sale due to the overwhelming array of business being conducted.  But we never give up advocating that AWI and QCP should be a way of life for most woodworkers.   AWI and QCP would like to thank the Woodwork Career Alliance and its President, Scott Nelson, for their generosity in allowing us to share the booth in Las Vegas; and hopefully we can recripocate in the future.
Opportunities to Learn More about QCP & AWS

The Quality Certification Program (QCP) will be attending three major conferences this Fall.

  • Take advantage of this great opportunity to ask how QCP can add value to your project.
  • Meet QCP staff.
  • Learn about new QCP resources.
  • Ask questions on specific QCP projects.
  • Just stop by and say hello.
AWI 63rd Annual Convention
Sponsored by Architectural Woodwork Institute
QCP Tabletop Exhibit
When: September 27-29, 2015
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Information & Registration:


Co-sponsored by Construction Specifications Institute, Architect Magazine, and The Construction Specifier
QCP Exhibit: Booth #919
When: October 1-2, 2015
Where: St. Louis, MO

Design-Build Conference & Expo
Sponsored by Design-Build Institute of America
QCP Exhibit: Booth #539
When: November 2-4, 2015
Where: Denver, CO

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Get Help, Find Answers

Need help with inspection preparation?  Confused about licensing?  Seeking answers to challenging aspects of the Architectural Woodwork Standards?  Turn to QCP Resources to enhance your participation in the Quality Certification Program.

  • QCP Representatives can answer a myriad of questions about certification of projects, interpretations of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, and more.

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Congratulations to the following companies that recently earned licenses from QCP. Look for more than 550 other QCP-licensed woodworkers at

Axmar Consultants, Inc.
North Miami Beach, FL    
QCP License Date: 07/28/2015
AWS Section: P11.3    

D.H. Schmidt Company, Inc.    
St. Peters, MO
QCP License Date: 07/24/2015
AWI Sections: P5, P6.1, P6.2, P8.1, P8.3, P10.3, P10.E, P11.1, P11.3, P11.4    

Kundig Contracting, Inc.    
Ronkonkoma, NY
QCP License Date: 05/07/2015
AWS Sections: P8.1, P8.3, P10.1, P10.3, P11.1, P11.2, P11.3    

Signature Store Fixtures    
Columbus, OH    
QCP License Date: 06/10/2015
AWS Sections: P5, P10.3, P11.1, P11.2, P11.3, P11.E


AWI QCC Board of Directors

Rick Kogler
QCC President
Strategic Development Group

Bruce Spitz
QCC Treasurer
Classic Millwork & Products, Inc.

Jerry Campbell
Jerry M. Campbell & Associates
David Knockenhauer
McCarthy Construction

Bill Knight
Hollywood Woodwork, Inc.
Matt Lundahl
Montbleau & Associates
Joseph A. Sorrelli
Aljoe Woodwork Consultants
Joe F. Winters

Phil Duvic*
Architectural Woodwork Institute

Randolph Estabrook
Corporate Secretary
Quality Certification Corporation

* ex officio
The board, which convenes in the fall each year, is responsible for program oversight, including policies and budgets.

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