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Last edited 09 Feb 2021
'Required life' is the minimum period during which the element, or part of it, should meet the users’ requirements. This means that it should remain capable of performing its design functions, taking into account routine servicing and maintenance.
However, as there is no general legally-agreed definition of required life, if it is to be included in contract documentation as a performance requirement, it is important that it is carefully defined within those contract documents and that it is consistent with all other requirements in the contract documents.
Other definitions include:
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