Protecting Wood Buildings from Moisture Damage

Protecting wood against moisture damage is key to long-lasting durability for wood structures. In “Build Green: Wood can last for Centuries,” FPL wood-protection experts Carol Clausen and Samuel Glass explain why wood decays and how homeowners can best protect against moisture-related damage.

Supervisory Microbiologist Carol Clausen briefs Secretary Vilsack on FPL’s Moisture Test Facility.

Supervisory Microbiologist Carol Clausen, briefing USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in FPL’s Moisture Test Facility.

Clausen and Glass, of FPL’s Durability and Wood Protection unit, have published “Build Green” as a revision of R.C. DeGroot’s 1976 report “Your Wood Can Last for Centuries.”

Clausen is Project Leader for FPL’s Durability and Wood Protection unit. Glass, a research physical scientist at FPL, was also lead-author on the Moisture Performance of Insulated Raised, Wood-Frame Floors project, a study of homes in southern Louisiana evaluating various moisture-control scenarios among raised-floor houses in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

For more on moisture management in residential construction, check out this video series created in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders Research Center.