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Italians are Eurocodes’ biggest adopter in key markets

Italy is the biggest adopter of Eurocodes of key markets, according to a survey of European consultants and contractors carried out for NCE.

Research by construction tools group Hilti into its major Western European markets − UK, Italy, France, Spain and Germany − shows Italy emerging as the most keen, with 49% of respondents using Eurocodes.

This compares with just 14% for the UK, despite both countries adopting the new standards 10 months ago.

The UK came in well below the average of 36% overall.

Italy is using Eurocodes as its prime design standard whereas in the other countries surveyed, domestic codes such as British Standards in the UK or DIN in Germany, take precedence.

However, awareness of Eurocodes is at a similar level across all surveyed countries with an average of 79%.

Italy again led this with 89% awareness, with the UK at 77%.

The European Technical Approval (ETA), which has been introduced alongside Eurocodes and is used to certify construction products, is much less well known, with an average of 57% having awareness.

The UK has much more knowledge in this area, with 79% of respondents aware of the process.

This weekend, the UK’s first bridge to be fully designed to Eurocodes will be installed over the M5. See news next week for further details.

Readers' comments (1)

  • tommaso rusmi

    I am surprised of the results of this survey as the use of the Eurocodes in Italy is not mandatory. The construction industry use the standard "NTC2008" (Norme Tecniche Costruzioni) which is a simplified code based on the Eurocodes for loadings, concrete, steel and seismic analysis. The designer can choose the Eurocode or the NTC2008 to design a structure but in case of conflicts (or missing annex) the NTC will prevail. In Italy, like in Spain Eurocodes are neither mandatory now nor valid as proof of correct design by current regulations.

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