Architects specify wood in their building designs for many reasons, including: cost, availability, ease of construction, thermal performance, aesthetics and design versatility. Research and new product development have only added to the versatility of building with wood. This presentation reviews how to use wood to its full potential. It discusses wood’s advantages in durability and longevity, while explaining issues of quality control for wood construction and the architect’s role in promoting such control. Finally, this explains how to maintain wood buildings and maximize performance.