This paper is a part of a Nordic programme on the ageing,
durability and service life of building materials and
components. Its aim is to provide a broad basis for
further work on durability. The preparatory study has
been performed in collaboratorion with several interested
parties in different parts of the world.
The study starts with an analysis of recent programmes
and projects in the field of durability. These projects
are printed as an Appendix which is published as VTT
Research Notes 97. The paper goes on by describing some
recent trends and actions taking place in some
The study is mainly concentrated upon the external
envelope of buildings, and the agents affecting them in
use are briefly discussed.
After a discussion of the degradation mechanisms of some
materials, the evaluative techniques available for
durability studies are listed.
The main aim of the preparatory study is to form a
programming aid for the Nordic research programme it will
also be used as a part of the Nordic contribution to the
work of the CIB/RILEM Committee on Prediction of the
service life of building materials and components.
|Place of Publication||Espoo|
|Publisher||VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland|
|Number of pages||65|
|Publication status||Published - 1982|
|MoE publication type||D4 Published development or research report or study|
|Series||Valtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus. Tiedotteita|