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DES130-A1 – Designing for Durability


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As with any structural material, perhaps the most important single factor to a long and useful service life is effective design. Extensive research and documented experience have led to a number of proven strategies for ensuring that wood material reaches its full potential for longevity. This course outlines the informed design, specification, detailing, and quality control during construction, installation, and maintenance that are collectively key to achieving maximum durability in today’s wood construction.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you should be able to:

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

To ​earn AIA credit, please go to http://www.rethinkwood.com/resource-library/grid?term_node_tid_depth=22&term_node_tid_depth_1=All&items_per_page=12.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)

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