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Performance standards for wood in construction - delivering customer service life needs

Objective

The project objective is to kick-start the development of new standards to enable the service life specification of wood and wood based materials for construction. This is critical to ensure the future sustainable use of European forests, to ensure customers of wood products get satisfactory and reliable products and to provide supplementary evidence for life cycle evaluations of construction products. This supporting action will utilise the wealth of research data that exists to analyse material test standards (CEN TC38) for their ability to inform on service life and performance. Historical field data will be reanalysed to extract more information on performance and this will be brought alongside service life expectation information gathered from various user groups. It will connect the material resistance with the moisture risk to inform on service life expectations. The task objectives included:

Confirming material resistance measure
Confirming a moisture risk measure
Interpreting field test results with respect to early decay and predicting the service life
Reviewing present test protocols (EN 599) – is updating necessary?
Proposing improved test methods (mainly field tests) and possible new tests
Providing a draft interface standard that considers service life

The outcome will begin to focus on delivery of reliable products into the hands of specifiers and users of wood products to ensure the future growth of low carbon construction systems made form wood.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-CSA-6
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Coordinator

BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LTD
Address
Bucknalls Lane Garston
WD25 9XX Watford
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Edward Suttie (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 131 459

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 58 850
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joris Van Acker (Prof.)
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 57 566
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Finn Englund (Dr.)
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 53 072
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Brischke (Dr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 42 179
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia Astondo Bidea Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Lorenzo (Mr.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 56 282
Address
Paradisgatan 5c
22100 Lund

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sven Thelandersson (Prof.)
INSTITUT TECHNOLOGIQUE FCBA (FORETCELLULOSE BOIS-CONSTRUCTION AMEUBLEMENT)
France
EU contribution
€ 55 426
Address
10 Rue De Galilee
77420 Champs Sur Marne

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eric Heisel (Dr.)
VYZKUMNY A VYVOJOVY USTAV DREVARSKYPRAHA SP
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 40 981
Address
Na Florenci 7-9 Cp 1685-1686
111 71 Praha

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petr Ptáček (Dr.)