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Amos, D, Musa, Z N and Au-Yong, C P (2020) Performance measurement of facilities management services in Ghana’s public hospitals. Building Research & Information, 48(02), 218–38.

Attia, D A, Maarouf, I, Taha, D and Nassar, D (2020) Detecting failures in conservation practice in relation to cultural significance: the case of heritage buildings in Khartoum. Building Research & Information, 48(02), 124–39.

Becerra, J, Ortiz, P, Zaderenko, A P and Karapanagiotis, I (2020) Assessment of nanoparticles/nanocomposites to inhibit micro-algal fouling on limestone façades. Building Research & Information, 48(02), 180–90.

Bortolini, R and Forcada, N (2020) Analysis of building maintenance requests using a text mining approach: building services evaluation. Building Research & Information, 48(02), 207–17.

Cardellicchio, L (2020) Self-cleaning and colour-preserving efficiency of photocatalytic concrete: case study of the Jubilee Church in Rome. Building Research & Information, 48(02), 160–79.

Martínez-Carricondo, P, Carvajal-Ramírez, F, Yero-Paneque, L and Agüera-Vega, F (2020) Combination of nadiral and oblique UAV photogrammetry and HBIM for the virtual reconstruction of cultural heritage. Case study of Cortijo del Fraile in Níjar, Almería (Spain). Building Research & Information, 48(02), 140–59.

Prieto, A J and Silva, A (2020) Service life prediction and environmental exposure conditions of timber claddings in South Chile. Building Research & Information, 48(02), 191–206.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Timber claddings; service life prediction; severity of degradation; degradation curves; Chile;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2019.1631143
  • Abstract:
    In this research, a methodology for the service life prediction of external timber claddings is proposed and discussed. The proposed model is based on the visual assessment of 110 timber claddings, subjected to real exposure conditions. The claddings under analysis belong to 80 buildings, with and without heritage characteristics, located in Valdivia and Niebla, South Chile. Timber claddings are a relevant symbol of the local identity of this region, portraying a complexity of ideas and cultural values, inherited by Spanish and German colonizations. The main anomalies that can occur in these claddings are translated into a numerical index, which describes the overall degradation condition of a timber façade. This work also discusses the influence of the local climate and environmental exposure conditions, considering biotic factors (fungi, insects, moulds, algae and bacteria) and abiotic factors (water, solar radiation, amplitude of temperature, physical damage) in the evolution of the degradation condition of timber claddings. The scarcity of funds in Chile to maintain and preserve the constructions and its components needs a more rational approach to decision-making concerning inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation procedures. The expeditious tool proposed in this paper may help in providing the basis for rational decision-making by professionals in practice.