The Eurocodes are a set of harmonised structural design codes for building and civil engineering works. They are the result of a long procedure of bringing together and harmonising the different structural design traditions across Europe, although Member States still retain the exclusive competence and responsibility for the levels of safety of works.
The Eurocodes apply to the structural design of buildings and other civil engineering works including:
- geotechnical aspects;
- design of structures using concrete, steel, composite steel and concrete, timber, masonry and aluminium
- structural fire design;
- situations including earthquakes, execution and temporary structures.
For the design of special construction works (e.g. dams, etc) other provisions than those in the Eurocodes might be necessary.
Members of the European Standards Organisation (CEN) (e.g. NSAI, BSi etc) are obliged to withdraw all standards e.g. Irish Standards (I.S.) and British Standards (BS) that have the same scope and field of application covered by the Eurocodes within a certain time frame. In relation to the Eurocodes, March 2010 has been set as the date of withdrawal of all conflicting National Standards.
Further information on the implementation of Eurocodes in Ireland is available in the following document below:
Implementation of Eurocodes in Ireland (pdf, 134kb)