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A review is presented of historical background information, service life expectations and the need for research in the field of the durability of materials. The necessary procedures and intervals of the maintenance of some building materials also are examined. Information on the performance of materials should be expressed clearly in terms of service years dependent on degradation factors, of degradation effects during lifetime, and of maintenance procedures and intervals.
durability, degradation factors, age, research, history, maintenance, building materials
Head of Materials Section, Concrete Laboratory, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo 15,