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ARTICLE EXCERPT: When asked for advice about the easiest way to tear down an old wooden barn, the weathered Vermont farmer offered that “it’s simple – just cut an 18-inch hole in the roof and stand back!” He knew that water is the worst enemy of any wood-framed building and that rain and snow would make short work of the barn demolition.
One of the principal intentions of today’s green building movement is to improve durability, thereby extending the life spans of both new and existing homes. One of the simplest ways to prevent the waste of construction materials is to increase the service life of buildings. Far more homes die an early death from water intrusion and the resulting moldy decomposition than from any other cause.