WDMA Updates Two Door Standards

September 5, 2011

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association has released two updated editions of its architectural wood flush door standards, WDMA I.S. 1A-11, Industry Standard for Architectural Wood Flush Doors, and WDMA I.S. 6A-11, Industry Standard for Architectural Stile and Rail Doors. The new documents, which are fully synchronized for content and organization, represent a major overhaul and rewrite of the two existing industry interior door standards.

While the performance section of the standards is the major focus of the revision effort, the new documents were written to harmonize with the 2009 Architectural Woodwork Standards, published by the Architectural Woodwork Institute, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada and the Woodwork Institute, officials note. Additional changes were also incorporated to update and improve the standards, including updated face veneer charts, factory finishing guidance, and an expanded specification checklist cross-referenced to the applicable standards sections.

"The updated standards are the culmination of several years' hard work by our architectural door manufacturer members," says Jeff Lowinski, WDMA VP of technical services. "The trick has been on crafting the standards to allow for product innovation and environmental sustainability while at the same time preserving the high-quality and performance that architects and specifiers demand. These standards accomplish that."

"It's a win-win for the manufacturer and specifier, but especially for the end-user, who can rely on the tested architectural wood doors to serve the facility well over the long haul," says Michael O'Brien, WDMA president. "WDMA will be mounting an aggressive educational program to inform architects and specifiers about the updated standards and encourage their use."

The new standards can be obtained via the WDMA website.