Eurocodes will replace the British Standard Institution (BSI) standards by 2007 but, according to Professor Ban Seng Choo, director of Napier University's Centre for Timber Engineering (CTE), the UK is behind its European counterparts when it comes to preparing for them.
In a bid to address this, the CTE is hosting a series of seminars next month to help engineers, academics and students understand and implement the new codes, in particular Eurocode 5, which deals with the use of wood in construction.
'Countries like Germany and Finland produce and use more wood, so it is understandable that they are keen to implement sooner rather than later, but the UK cannot afford to be left behind, ' Choo says.
'These codes will be used in public sector procurement and to assess products for CE marking, and the better prepared we are, the more competitive we will be.'
The seminars - to be held at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre from 26-30 April - have been prepared in conjunction with the BRE and TRADA, and are aimed at providing engineers with a detailed introduction and appraisal of Eurocode 5, as well as the more general codes 0 and 1.
The university is also planning a series of one-to-one master classes.
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