TM 5-852-9/AFR 88-19, Vol. IX
slow replacement of damaged items; penetration in either or both skins; unsuitable storage; and improper joint
sealing between panels. In specifying a panel, the adhesive bond between the exterior metal skin and the
plastic insulation must be determined sufficient to prevent delamination over the life of the building.
c. Wood framing and siding. Wood frame construction
is commonly used
in family housing units and
in relatively low cost semi-permanent and temporary structures. Wood studs may also be used for interior
partitions in other types of construction, provided that the fire codes are met. Metal studs are more commonly
used in other building types because wood may require fire retardant treatment.
(1) Construction. Wood construction requires fewer technically skilled workers than other types of
building materials, and allows extremely wide design flexibility to adapt to special requirements for arctic
construction. Wood components may be fabricated at factories or in the field. Proper fasteners, such as screw
or ring nails, should be selected to minimize nail popping.
(2) Fire resistance. One major problem with using wood framing and siding for building construction
in remote arctic and subarctic regions is wood's susceptibility to fire. Heavy timber construction, laminated