SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1958

The Durability of Buildings


The durability of buildings is a subject of timely importance in view of current changes in building types. The meaning of the term is explored. This leads to the suggestion that it is the question, “How much durability do you want in a building?” that must be faced by the designer. Correspondingly, it is demonstrated that the durability of a building is really the durability of its components. The interrelation of building components can only usefully be considered in relation to the climatic environment, interior and exterior, in which the building is to serve, and this suggests some of the limitations of testing for durability.

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Legget, RF
National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Hutcheon, NB
National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
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Developed by Committee: E06
Pages: 35–44
DOI: 10.1520/STP39480S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5624-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-5623-4