Judd Fellow Explores Different Ways to Improve Wood Durability
Due to the decrease in availability of conventionally used construction wood, stricter government regulations, and increased demand for sustainable building materials, there has been a recent surge of interest in finding alternative ways of using low durability wood species for construction.
For 2017 Judd Fellow Pratibha Chauhan (Architecture), this begged the question, what can be done to enhance the durability of wood and preserve the architectural wisdom embedded within this traditional building material?
The result of all of her research is a decision matrix that designers can use when trying to select a modified wood for construction. “On a broad scale, I hope that research of this nature can help advance the discourse around finding innovative technologies and alternatives to continue using traditional building materials in an environmentally responsible way,” Chauhan concluded.