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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.
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BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LTD

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Bucknalls Lane
Wd25 9xx Watford

United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 131 459

Administrative Contact

Edward Suttie (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 58 850

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 57 566

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 53 072

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 42 179

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 56 282

INSTITUT TECHNOLOGIQUE FCBA (FORETCELLULOSE BOIS-CONSTRUCTION AMEUBLEMENT)

France

EU Contribution

€ 55 426

VYZKUMNY A VYVOJOVY USTAV DREVARSKYPRAHA SP

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 40 981

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 319132

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2012

  • End date

    28 February 2014

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 609 340

  • EU contribution

    € 495 815

Coordinated by:

BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LTD

United Kingdom