Assessing the service life of building envelope constructions

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    During the last 10 years, national standards have been developed in order to assess the expected service life of building materials and constructions and work is still progressing on the international level. Besides the current and upcoming standards, several methodologies have been developed or suggested at the national, international or individual level. The overview provided in this paper focuses on two two items: The first describes the current methods or standards established at a national level for either assessing and implementing service life requirements in the design stage of a building construction or for assessing the performance over time of building constructions in the building envelope. A review is provided that contrast the less practical against the more useful aspects of national and international standards. The second gives suggestions as to those methodologies that potentially can enhance parts of the upcoming standards. This objective here is to provide methodologies that are simple to use, since complex methods are often time consuming.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDurability of Building Materials & Components 8
    Number of pages10511061
    Place of PublicationOttawa, Canada
    PublisherNRC Research Press
    Publication date1999
    Publication statusPublished - 1999
    Event8th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 30 May 19993 Jun 1999
    Conference number: 8


    Conference8th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components

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