Protection of Wood Designs in Adverse Environments

by J. E. Winandy, Forest Service, United States,
J. J. Morrell, Forest Service, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Serviceability and Durability of Construction Materials


Engineers and architects are becoming increasingly aware of the risks of poor wood design practices and the benefits of using wood properly. This paper addresses biological factors that influence the risk portion of the risk-benefit equation. It further suggests appropriate methods to prevent designed-in failure through the use and specification of wood preservatives accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Wood | Wood construction | Structural design | Wood preservatives | Fire resistance | Architects | Building design

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