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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/construction engineering
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/architecture engineering/sustainable architecture
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-CSA-6
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LTD
Address
Bucknalls Lane Garston
WD25 9XX Watford
United Kingdom
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 131 459
Administrative Contact
Edward Suttie (Dr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 58 850
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
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
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Finn Englund (Dr.)
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 53 072
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
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 Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Lorenzo (Mr.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 56 282
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
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
Activity type
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
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petr Ptáček (Dr.)