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Published on Feb 12, 2013
Eric Karsh of Equilibrium Consulting dispels 3 myths about building with wood at the AIA 2012 National Convention.
Myth 1: Wood Burns -- Not true -- Wood is fire resistant. While wood burns it creates a charring layer creating an insulated layer for structural fibers. Good design helps to keep the fire controlled, solid wood panels compartmentalizes fire, preventing the spread of the fire to other compartments.
Myth 2: Wood Rots -- Not True -- If there is a good envelope designed and created to protect the wood, the wood will not rot. Karsh references old structures in Asia that still stand today.
Myth 3: Wood is Weak and Unpredictable -- Not True -- Engineered wood products have a high degree of control and performance. Karsh compares a solid concrete wall to solid wood panel and they come out parallel in comparison.