The purposes of the Eurocodes are:
- a means to prove compliance with the requirements for mechanical strength and stability and safety in case of fire established by European Union law.
- a basis for construction and engineering contract specifications.
- a framework for creating harmonized technical specifications for building products (CE mark).
By March 2010 the Eurocodes are mandatory for the specification of European public works and are intended to become the de facto standard for the private sector. The Eurocodes therefore replace the existing national building codes published by national standard bodies (e.g. BS 5950), although many countries had a period of co-existence. Additionally, each country is expected to issue a National Annex to the Eurocodes which will need referencing for a particular country (e.g. The UK National Annex). At present take up of Eurocodes is slow on private sector projects and existing national codes are still widely used by engineers.
The Eurocodes are published as a separate European Standards, each having a number of parts. By 2002, ten sections have been developed and published:
- EN 1990: Basis of structural 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
- BS 5950: British steel design standard, replaced by Eurocode 3 in March, 2010.
- BS 8110: British concrete design standard, replaced by Eurocode 2 in March, 2010.
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Limit state design (Load and Resistance Factor Design)
- List of EN standards
- Structural Engineering
- Structural robustness
- EN 1990:2002 E, Eurocode - Basis of Structural Design, CEN, November 29, 2001
- European Council Directive 89/106/EEC
- law.resource.org 'Eurocodes'
- 'Eurocodes: Building the Future' The European Commission Website on the EN Eurocodes
- 'Eurocode.info' Information about the EN Eurocodes
- 'eurocode-resources' Portal with eurocode resources with focus on the design of steel structures
- 'Eurocodes Expert' UK construction industry website with information and support resources for implementation of the BS EN Eurocodes. The site is a joint initiative of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and is supported by the UK Government (DCLG), BSI British Standards (BSI), The Steel Construction Institute (SCI), The Concrete Centre, the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), the International Masonry Society (IMS), the Brick Development Association (BDA) and the Association for Structural Engineers of London Boroughs (ASELB).
- 'Eurocodes Online: Structural Design Expertise' Website with a lot of interesting information on the eurocodes: implementation, principles, national annexes, etc.
- 'Eurocodes in Poland' Find out information about Eurocodes in Poland. Examples, articles, books and much more information.
- 'Digital Eurocodes standards library' CodeProof is a digital library of EUROCODE standard implemented in CodeForm. In this library is integrated each article from each part of EC and it is designed so that you can easily locate relevant articles.
- 'National Annexes & Eurocodes', European standards institutes and links to download national annexes.