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Design is in the Details: Ensuring Durability in Wood Construction

Format On Demand: Article/Print
Offered by McGraw Hill Construction
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Architects specify wood for many reasons, including cost, ease and efficiency of construction, design versatility, and sustainability#as well as its beauty and the innate appeal of nature and natural materials. Innovative new technologies and building systems arealso leading to the increased use of wood as a structural material, not only in houses, schools and other traditional applications,but in larger, taller and more visionary wood buildings. But even as the use of wood is expanding, one significant characteristic of wood buildings is often underestimated: their durability. Misperceptions still exist that buildings made of materials such as concrete or steel last longer than buildings made of wood. Although this connection between materials and building longevity is often assumed, it is not borne out in fact, as will be discussed in this course.

Objectives

Analyze factors contributing to the long-term durability of wood buildings.
Implement effective design strategies for controlling moisture in wood buildings.
Discuss comprehensive approaches for protecting wood buildings from insect damage.
Determine effectivequality control measures that will have significant positive long-term impact on building durability.

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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0