Eurocode 5 (EC5): Design of timber structures - An overview & comparison with the BS 5268-2 method (Version 1)

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The development of a structural building code is an immensely important matter because human safety is involved. This was so, even as early as the 18th century BC. Article 229 in the Code of Hammurabi, reads: "The builder has built a house for a man and his work is not strong: if the house he has built falls in and kills a householder, that builder shall be slain." 

The Eurocode process started in the 1970s. The then European Economic Community issued a Construction Products Directive (CPD), which was declared that the existence of different national codes and standards constituted "a barrier to trade". It was decided to produce, by consensus, a new set of unified design codes and supporting material standards to cover all the major building materials - a hugely ambitious project, but now largely completed.

This Construction Briefing gives readers an overview and explanation of the change in requirements brought about by complying to Eurocodes.

This sheet also contains a comprehensive comparison of adopting the Eurocode system, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of compliance.

 

Contents:

  • Purpose of the Eurocodes
  • Timescale for implementation
    • General
    • The Building Regulations
    • Making the transition
  • An overview of the Eurocode documents
    • Table of Eurocodes
  • Limit state design philosophy
  • Table of sections within EC5 (EN 1995)
  • Comparison of approach: EC5 vs BS 5268-2
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the EC5 approach

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