Protecting the structure through the use of environmentally sensitive:
treated lumber, and
limitation of moisture control to under 20%.
Forest Products research is addressing durability issues including moisture control for foundations, walls and windows, as well as termite control.
Scientists in civil engineering are researching structural responses to high force lateral wind loads including tie-down systems for foundations, walls, and roofs.
Indoor Air Quality
Insuring healthy interior spaces by:
preventing dust mites, pollen, and other allergens,
reducing VOC and off-gassing, and
limiting relatively humidity to 45%.
Climatically conscious architectural design through the use of:
tall ceilings, and
cross ventilation in every room, and
75% less energy.
Agricultural and Biological Engineering researchers are developing photovoltaic energy sources.
Architecture and landscape architecture researchers are developing low-energy and power-producing systems for residences as well as regenerative processing characteristics.
Electrical engineers are studying advanced wiring and utility systems for homes.
Mechanical engineering researchers are studying incorporation of hygroscopic materials and low-velocity ventilation for maintaining air quality. The goal of the research is to find ways to prevent dust mites, pollen, and other allergens. They also are researching ways to limit relative humidity in homes to 45 percent and to limit volatile organic chemicals.