Timber service life design

The Timber Service Life Design Guide from WoodSolutions provides information to assist timber industry employees, timber users and specifiers of timber to select members and structures with respect to their service life requirements.


Optimum and more cost-effective performance is achieved with better knowledge.  By careful consideration of the key factors affecting the durability performance of timber; industry, specifiers, and timber users can achieve durability performance for timber structures that meet or exceed their needs and expectations.


The information provided has been derived from historical performance and field and laboratory research and experience. The outcomes from a 10-year multi-million dollar ‘world first’ research project to develop a probabilistic durability design method for timber have also been incorporated into this publication where appropriate.

The design guide addresses specific hazards with respect to the service life of timber construction:

  • In-ground decay
  • Above-ground decay
  • Weathering
  • Termites
  • Corrosion
  • Marine borers


Learn how to improve timber performance and make the most of timber’s service life by downloading the guide here now.