It is a common misconception that water is woods enemy. In fact, many wood buildings exist in rainy and humid places – it’s simply a matter of knowing how to manage and design for water in buildings.
Wood and water are typically very compatible – wood can absorb and release large quantities of moisture without problems, and it’s only when wood gets too wet for too long that problems can arise. If buildings are properly constructed to shed water, wood performs well as a structural building material in all types of climates
Transmission and Privacy
Modern Wood Frame Construction incorporates a variety of materials and design features, which make it effective in handling sound transmission and privacy issues, even in commercial or multi-family residential dwellings where sound insulation is particularly important. In high traffic areas, natural cavities in wall and floor assemblies are filled with sound insulating materials.
In addition, layering materials of varying densities, incorporating new technology such as sound dispersing metal channels and using design features such as staggered walls studs, all help to significantly reduce sound transmission and create a peaceful and private environment.
Health & Comfort
Wood generates positive feelings because of its warm and natural attributes, and evidence suggests that this can contribute to an individual’s overall sense of well-being. It also helps make a building more comfortable by moderating indoor humidity. During times of high humidity, it absorbs moisture; during dry periods, it releases moisture into the air.
Research has found that interior wood paneling can reduce peak moisture loads in a typical home by 10-25%, making it more comfortable and reducing the need for air conditioning and ventilation. Wood floors contribute to better air quality as the accumulation of dust and microbes can be reduced through regular sweeping, mopping and vacuuming.