The Eurocodes are seen as leading the way in structural codes as their flexibility means that they can be employed not just within Europe, but internationally. Several countries outside Europe have already committed to adopting Eurocodes.
The Eurocodes primary objectives are:
- Provide common design criteria and methods of meeting necessary requirements for mechanical resistance, stability and resistance to fire, including aspects of durability and economy
- Provide a common understanding regarding the design of structures between owners, operators and users, designers, contractors and manufacturers of construction products
- Facilitate the marketing and use of structural components and kits in EU Members States
- Facilitate the marketing and use of materials and constituent products, the properties of which enter into design calculations
- Be a common basis for research and development, in the construction industry
- Allow the preparation of common design aids and software
- Increase the competitiveness of the European civil engineering firms, contractors, designers and product manufacturers in their global activities.
Over 30% of the construction sector are already using Eurocodes (BSI survey, June 2009).
There are 10 Eurocodes made up of 58 parts that will be adopted in all EU Member States. They replace existing British Standards which were withdrawn on 31 March 2010 when full implementation of the Eurocodes took place.
The structural Eurocodes are divided into 10 areas:
Base Eurocode - Basis of Structural Design:
Eurocode 1 Series - Action on Structures:
Eurocode 2 Series - Design of Concrete Structures:
Eurocode 3 Series - Design of Steel Structures:
Eurocode 4: Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures:
Eurocode 5: Design of Timber Structures:
Eurocode 6: Design of masonry structures:
Eurocode 7: Geotechnical Design:
Eurocode 8: Design of Structures for Earthquake Resistance:
Eurocode 9: Design of Aluminium Structures: