Early Taiwanese architecture most often used wood. The maintenance of these historical buildings may require tremendous effort and expense.
Government expenditure for the high maintenance and restoration can actually be reduced if high quality wood was selected at the beginning of construction.
Rampant termite treat
On the other hand, terminate infestation poses a threat to the safety of the residents and jeopardizes the groundsill integrity.
“Taiwan is located in a subtropical region where termites reproduce at a rapid rate,” said the Deputy Officer of the Headquarters for the Administration of Cultural Heritage in Taiwan.
Termite pesticide may harm people’s health
The most common anti-pesticide in Taiwan is copper chrome arsenate (CCA) but the waste management of CCA can produce toxic gases with environmental consequences.
Some profiteers under the guise of promoting anti-pesticide in fact abuse pesticide waste management that harm people’s health.
Other solution to prolong your house’s life
There are still some natural ways to keep your house in a healthy condition.
“Many problems arise from poor ventilation; therefore, keeping houses well ventilated and dry would prolong its life,” said Mr. Chang Yu-Huang, architect and CEO of Foundation of Historic City Conservation and Generation.
Many people mistakenly believe that the durability of reinforced concrete structural buildings is better than wooden structures.
In fact, reinforced concrete buildings can be preserved at most up to 90 years, yet the world’s oldest wooden building is thousands of years old, such as the Horyuji Temple in Japan.
The most intact wooden architecture in Taiwan is the Tainan Wooden Octagon which is 160 years old.
“Wooden houses are like the elderly. Keep the windows ventilated and you would prolong their life,” said Mr. Chang Yu-Huang.