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Budget for 2016
2015 - IRG/WP 15-60381
IRG Secretariat


Reporting minutes of the Plenary Meeting 2016
2016 - IRG/WP 16-60409
IRG Secretariat


International Directory of Members and Sponsors 2016
2016 - IRG/WP 16-60392
IRG Secretariat


Agenda 2016 Plenary meeting
2016 - IRG/WP 16-60396
IRG Secretariat


The 47th Annual Meeting of IRG. Poster abstracts
2016 - IRG/WP 16-60397
IRG Secretariat


Programme. The 47th Annual Meeting of The International Research Group in Wood Protection
2016 - IRG/WP 16-60398
IRG Secretariat


IRG Documents 2016
2016 - IRG/WP 16-60410
IRG Secretariat


Annual Report 2016
2017 - IRG/WP 17-60412
IRG Secretariat


2016 Official photo
2016 - 2016 Official photo
IRG Secretariat


Spanish termites standard UNE 56418:2016 “Protocol of action in urban areas affected by subterranean termite attacks”. Example of application of the standard in a real case in the old city of Vigo, Spain
2018 - IRG/WP 18-10912
Termites are wood destroying insects always present in the nature with an important wood decomposition function. In Europe are located in the Mediterranean area. In Spain is an important problem in urban areas. It is estimated about 80% of old historic cities in Spain are affected by subterranean termite attacks and it is the most important damage in wood structures and carpentries, in old buildings even in new constructions. The activity of termites can cause serious damages in structural elements (beams, slabs, roofs, etc.), carpentries (frame doors, doors, frame windows, windows, etc) and other wood elements (altarpieces, furniture, stairs, handrails, etc.) even with risk of collapse in some cases. In the buildings of urban areas (mainly old cities), subterranean termites have the best conditions (temperature and humidity) to attack structures and other wood elements in the buildings. It is necessary to find solutions about the problem of subterranean termites in urban areas in Spain, promoting laws and standards with the collaboration among: authorities, universities, research institutions, technicians and experts in termites. As a result of this situation, a new Spanish standard UNE 56418:2016 "Protocol of action in urban areas affected by the attack of subterranean termites” has been developed and published. In this paper shows a real case of application of this standard in the old city of Vigo, a historic urban area where there are several problems and attacks of subterranean termites in the buildings. As a result of this situation, local authorities have decided to apply the standard and the result after more than two years of application of this standard is very satisfactory.
D Lorenzo, A Lozano, M Touza, J Benito, M T de Troya, J Galván, L Robertson