Natural Durability Classification Systems Used Around the World

IRG/WP 09-10694

R Stirling

Around the world natural durability is classified in different ways. The nature and rigor of the tests used to measure durability, the method of classification based on these data, and use of these classifications to specify end uses or predict service life all vary. This can lead to confusion among people not familiar with the various systems used. This review describes the methods used to classify naturally durable wood around the world.

Keywords: natural durability, classification, international, decay, termites, marine borers, Insects

Conference: 09-05-24/28 Beijing, China

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