Last edited 03 Feb 2021

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Service life

The Home Quality Mark One, Technical Manual SD239, England, Scotland & Wales, published by BRE in 2018, defines ‘service life’ as: ‘The period of time after installation during which a building, or its part, meets or exceeds the performance requirements.’ Ref: BSI, BCIS. 2008. PD 156865. Standardized Method of Life Cycle Costing for Construction Procurement. s.l. : BSi, 2008.

See also: Service life of products.

--BRE Group

NB Culvert, screen and outfall manual, (CIRIA C786) published by CIRIA in 2019, defines service life as: ‘The period of time after construction or refurbishment when an asset meets or exceeds its functional performance requirements.’

It defines residual service life as: ‘Service life remaining at a certain moment of consideration (also known as residual life).’

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