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TERMITES, Wood Enemy #1

Ruben A. Gomez, PE

Wood frame construction has many formidable enemies, such as bending and bearing stresses, long term deflection, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and decay fungi. However, in terms of direct economic loss, none of those is as persistently destructive and devastating as an insidious termite infestation.

As much as the wood design engineers and architects are normally aware of the design loads that are used in the sizing and detailing of the structural members and components, they do not take into consideration the reducing strength that termites can cause to a structure after it has been in service for a period of time.

Considering how destructive termites can be and how they can reduce the capacity of a given structure, and further considering the fact that any wood structure could be affected by such pests, it would be advisable that in addition to the protective measures recommended in this course, there should be a proportional increase in the design safety factor applied.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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