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All engineers must embrace Eurocodes

This month saw the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) amend the Building Regulations Approved Document A on structural safety to reference Eurocodes. Collaborative work will ensure the transition runs smoothly says the BSI.

It is over 100 years since the first seedlings of BSI formed from an ICE committee.The committee was established to standardise iron and steel sections in the UK, under the watchful eye of London’s Tower Bridge designer Sir John Wolfe-Barry. Fast forward a century and we are working together once again with ICE to steer engineers through the often confusing, challenging (and sometimes frustrating!) next chapter of Eurocode adoption.

This month saw the DCLG amending the Building Regulations Approved Document A on structural safety to reference Eurocodes. It says that the British Standards that are currently referenced in Approved Document A were withdrawn over three years ago and are no longer being maintained, so they will become increasingly out of date. By amending Approved Document A to reference Eurocodes, the construction industry will now have an alternative, up-to-date, technical solution for meeting regulatory requirements.

This means more and more engineers will need to start looking to use these design codes.

Our collaborative work will ensure that expertise for Eurocode transition can be shared, best practice adopted, save money, and the industry can remain competitive.

There will be regional networking events, publications, industry updates and access to the Eurocodes PLUS tool.

The practical tool digitises all 15,000 pages of the Eurocodes. Eurocodes PLUS will help organisations reduce the cost of implementing the Eurocodes by making them easier to understand and more accessible. More information here.

  • John Tomlinson is sales director of Standards at BSI

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