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Eurocodes, building codes for Europe
Eurocode 1 : Actions on structures| Eurocode 3: Design of steel structure
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Eurocodes: building codes for Europe

The Eurocodes will become the Europe wide means of designing Civil and Structural engineering works and so, they are of vital importance to both the design and Construction sectors of the Civil and Building Industries.
The first two of the finalised Eurocodes, covering the Basis of Structural Design and Actions due to self-weight and imposed loads, have been published during 2002, having successfully passed through the CEN procedures.
The two codes are the first of what is planned to be 57 parts covering Actions, Steel, Concrete, Composite Steeland Concrete, Timber, Masonry and Aluminium, together with Geotechnical design and Seismic design.
The codes become the means to design construction works and to check their conformity to the Essential Requirement n°1 Mechanical resistance and stability (including such aspects of Essential Requirement n°4 Safety in use, which relate to mechanical resistance and stability) and a part of Essential Requirement n°2 Safety in case offire, including durability, as defined in Annex 1 of the Construction Product Directive.
Knowledge of the program-me and development of the Codes is, therefore, essential for the relevant practitioners. The work of drafting the Eurocodes was originally under the aegis of the Commission, but was transferred to CEN as the official European standards body. After an Examination period, when CEN published versions of the Eurocodes as pre-standards (ENVs), they are now nearing the completion of the conversion to full European Standards (ENs). Important matters relate to the adoption of the Eurocodes by Member States for use under their regulation. This has involved the introduction of some flexibility, across border, by means of what are known as Nationally Determined Parameters.

EN 1990 Basis of design

EN 1991 Eurocode 1: Actions on structures

EN 1992 Eurocode 2: Design of concrete structures

EN 1993 Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures

EN 1994 Eurocode 4: Design of composite steel and concrete structures

EN 1995 Eurocode 5: Design of timber structures

EN 1996 Eurocode 6: Design of masonry structures

EN 1997 Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design

EN 1998 Eurocode 8: Design of structures for earthquake resistance

EN 1999 Eurocode 9: Design of aluminium structures

List of Eurocode conversion abbriviations

EU European Union
CEN European Committee for Standardisation
ENV European prestandard
EN European standard
ECCS European Convention for Constructional Steelwork
SC Sub-committee
PT Project Team
NAD National Application Document
NA National Annex
NTC National Technical Contact
VG Validation Group