Eurocodes: construction standards in a handy overview

Structures are usually very big and extremely expensive. Just think of bridges, houses, parking garages, sports centres, shopping centres and stations. Each building has a social importance, and a good structure lasts for decades. But you cannot test the safety in a laboratory. And you can't replace these kinds of structures just like that. That's why you have to be sure of the safety of a structure. The solution? Eurocodes.

Eurocodes: uniform construction standards for all European countries 

The Eurocodes are a set of European standards for the design and dimensioning of buildings and engineering structures - including foundations and earthquake resistance. They are drawn up by experts within the TC250 standards committee of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). Objective? Common technical rules for the Member States of the European Union as opposed to fragmented local regulations.

The CEN regularly reviews each standard and adapts it when necessary. A thorough revision of the Eurocodes is currently underway and will be published in the coming years. Keep an eye on our website and the NBN shop to remain up-to-date at all times.

Advantages of Eurocodes

Do you work in the construction sector? Or do you own a building? The standards on building structures offer you many advantages. The handy NBN overview of Eurocodes is a guide to even more:

  • safety: safe structures are ensured thanks to the uniform and internationally harmonised calculation methods.
  • quality: constructive building products are guaranteed thanks to the harmonised calculation methods.
  • strategy: a stronger position within the European market.
  • knowledge: a clear idea of what is applicable for all European countries and the specific Belgian National Annexes.

Eurocodes series

There are 10 Eurocodes.

A. Eurocodes 0 and 1 constitute the basis for the calculations. They contain the general rules for:

B. 6 Eurocodes concern the different building materials:

C. The series contains another 2 Eurocodes that describe a number of specific calculation methods:

Did you know:

  • every Eurocode comprises several parts? Eurocode 3 for example, the standards for steel structures, includes calculation methods for plates, connections, fatigue and bridges. All together the Eurocodes comprise 58 parts.
  • the fire resistance of different building materials is also discussed in the material-related Eurocodes and the Eurocode on loads?

Active in the construction sector? These are the Eurocodes you need.

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Do an extensive search on the keyword ‘eurocode’ and filter on catalogue ‘NBN’. Refine your search in terms of the number of the standard:

  • ‘1990’ for Eurocodes 0
  • ‘1991’ for Eurocodes 1

Go to the National Annexes by searching in the number of the standard for 'ANB'.

Did you know every country publishes National Annexes?

They concern the local context, such as other weather conditions. These annexes only apply there.