Incorporation of scientific developments

Extension of existing rules

The standardisation work will cover the extension of existing rules for the assessment of existing buildings and structures and their strengthening, together with the extension of existing rules for robustness.

Recent results of international studies and research programmes and practical experience from scientific and technical associations relevant to innovation, e.g. performance-based design, sustainability concepts and traffic loads, will be incorporated.

Other topics for which information will be developed are the determination of material and resistance factors, serviceability for buildings and bridges; fatigue verification; improving the fire safety engineering approach.

Where relevant, ISO standards will be adopted to supplement the Eurocodes family. Currently identified potential issues are atmospheric icing of structures and actions from waves and currents.

Climate change

The preparation of the forthcoming EU Adaptation Strategy has identified standards as potentially important to guarantee the resilience of infrastructures to climate change, in particular regarding the following: transport infrastructure, energy infrastructure and constructions/buildings. It could be relevant to identify which standards need to be promoted and/or amended to take better account of current and future impacts of climate change in infrastructure investment decisions.

It is foreseen to develop a technical report to analyse and provide guidance for potential amendments for Eurocodes with regard to structural design addressing relevant impacts of future climate change, both general and material-specific.

Facilitating practical implementation

Auxiliary guidance and background documents will be developed to facilitate feedback from stakeholders and the practical local implementation wherever necessary.

It is essential to assess the links to harmonised product standards developed under the framework of the Construction Products Directive/Regulation or other European standards, in particular with regard to any discrepancies between the calculation methods of the Eurocodes and the declaration of performance for products that bear the CE mark.