Wood is a durable material for both homes and commercial buildings. When properly maintained it can last hundreds of years. Modern wood preservatives enhance natural durability.
Wood has been used for thousands of years and is resistant to heat, frost, corrosion and pollution. The only factor that needs to be controlled is exposure to weathering.
Problems with rot and termites are generally the result of poor attention to construction details, which expose the wood to moisture and sunlight, or inappropriate timber specification.
Reference: CEI-Bois (2006) Tackle Climate Change: Use Wood. Available at www.cei-bois.org/en/publications