Durable & Adaptable Construction Material

Evidence shows that wood is a durable, high-performance material. Examples of wood buildings that have stood for centuries still exist all over the world. Mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), and nail-laminated timber (NLT), are enabling increased dimensional stability and strength, and design versatility to enhance project detailing.

Durability is defined as the ability of a building or any of its components to perform the required functions in a service environment over a period of time without unforeseen cost for maintenance or repair.

Extensive research and documented experience have led to a number of proven strategies for ensuring that wood material reaches its full potential for longevity.

Using durable materials in tandem with an appropriate envelope design can result in significant savings in terms of reduced-cost maintenance and repairs later in a building’s life.

Get more strategies for achieving maximum durability with wood-frame and mass timber construction; take our Designing for Durability CEU.


Guideline on Durability in Buildings: CSA S478-95
Buildings and constructed assets: Service Life Planning ISO 15686-5:2008
Building Green with Wood Toolkit
American Wood Council CEU: Design of Wood Frame Structures for Permanence
WoodWorks: Wood-Frame Schools: Durability Techniques for Interior High Traffic and Moisture Areas
American Wood Council: Wood and Resilient Design

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