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Wood has always been a constituent and natural part of buildings. In ancient Danish buildings, wood was utilized for timber frames, floor beams, roof rafters, partitions, windows, and doors. Thoughtfully applied, wood is practically imperishable. However, even structural timber that is protected within the building envelope can become worn due to hundreds of years of use, or rotten due to the lack or improper maintenance of the roof and the facades.
This article deals with some of the construction principles that apply to heritage buildings in Denmark and with the problems connected with restoration of listed buildings after a wood-decay fungi attack. In relation to this we will describe some new remedial treatments, which are applicable especially when preservation of original structural timber is an absolute necessity.
Danish Preservation of Buildings Act, determination of fungal activity, dry rot, high frequency radio waves, hot air treatment, microwaves, wet rot, wood-decay fungi
Dansk Bygningsanalyse A/S, Kolding,
Architect, MAA, Dansk Bygningsanalyse A/S, Kolding,