Design life for wood and wood-based products

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The use of mass timber construction can result in environmental and cost-saving advantages. This research summary examines how the service life of wood products is based on different and complex interactions between end use and interacting or degrading parameters.



  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Compliance with EC regulations
  • Changes in requirements
  • Legislation and biocidal products
  • Advanced treatment methods
  • LCAs, EPDs and future assessments
  • Service life prediction: lab and field-based testing
  • COST Action FP1303 and how this has helped advanced design life
  • Examples of design life requirements for various products
  • Conclusions
  • References

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