The EUROCODES are pan-European design codes comprising 10 design standards, EN 1990 – EN 1999, providing a common approach for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works. They are produced by the European Committee for Standardization, CEN.
The EUROCODES are the recommended means of giving a presumption of conformity with the essential requirements of the Construction Products Directive for products that bear the CE Marking, as well as the preferred reference for technical specifications in public contracts.
The EUROCODES cover the basis of structural design (EN 1990), actions on structures (EN 1991), the design of concrete (EN 1992), steel (EN 1993), composite steel and concrete (EN 1994), timber (EN 1995), masonry (EN 1996), geotechnical design (EN 1997), the design of structures for earthquake resistance (EN 1998) and aluminium structures (EN 1999).
The Impact of EUROCODES on Product Evaluation & Design
These design codes have significant impact on product design and assessment in that the Commission Recommendation of 11 December 2003 states that:
- The technical specifications, necessary for the conformity assessment of structural construction products, should refer to calculation methods developed in the Eurocodes.
- The technical specifications for the award of public services and public works contracts for construction products and works are to be defined by reference to national standards implementing European standards.
- The EUROCODES are also to be used for the technical specifications laid out in procurement procedures.
All products within this Handbook have been assessed and designed to meet the requirements of the relevant EUROCODES. Where specific EUROCODES have a bearing upon the design of a product or products the relevant sections are quoted within this TECHNICAL DATASHEET publication
For a more detailed understanding of the relevance of the EUROCODES to the design and assessment of control joints, expansion joints and fire barrier systems described herein, please refer to our APPLICATION publications.