Recognition and Avoidance of Details That Adversely Affect the Performance of Exposed Wood Members

by William A. Dost, Univ of California, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Serviceability and Durability of Construction Materials


Factors that affect the deterioration of wood in structures are reviewed. Important points regarding wood-moisture relationships are noted. The requirements for decay of wood by fungi are reviewed and some considerations for inspection suggested. Strategies for avoidance during design and construction, or repair, are suggested.

Subject Headings: Wood structures | Wood construction | Wood and wood products | Construction materials | Deterioration | Decomposition | Inspection | Rehabilitation

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