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A short overview of the main aspects, which influence the life of a building structure, is given. The requirements of building structures are likely to change during its functional working life. Therefore designers of building structures should strive for the best possible match between design working life, technical service life and functional working life.

The design process should also concern the whole life cycle of structures and their components in order to minimize negative environmental impacts Industrial, Flexible and Demountable (IFD) building is defined and presented as a concept of building which deals with these subjects.

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Authors: BLOK R, Dept. of Structural Design, University of Eindhoven (NL);HERWIJNEN F V, Dept. of Structural Design, University of Eindhoven (NL);KOZLOWSKI A, Rzeszow University of Technology, Rzeszow (PL);WOLINSKI S, Rzeszow University of Technology, Rzeszow (PL);GERVÁSIO H, GIPAMB Consulting Engineers Ltd, Lisbon (PT);SIMÕES DA SILVA L, University of Coimbra (PT)
Bibliographic Reference: A paper published in "Improvement of buildings' structural quality by new technologies": Proceedings of the international seminar, Lisbon, 19 and 20 April 2002. EUR 20728. pp.55-65. Euro: 35
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ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-5684-1
Record Number: 200327112 / Last updated on: 2003-11-21
Original language: en
Available languages: en