"Member States should undertake research to facilitate the integration into the Eurocodes of the latest developments in scientific and technological knowledge. Member States should pool the national funding available for such research so that it can be used at Community level to contribute to the existing technical and scientific resources for research within the Commission, in cooperation with the Joint Research Centre, thus ensuring an ongoing increased level of protection of buildings and other civil works, specifically as regards the resistance of structures to earthquakes and fire."
Evolution of the EN Eurocodes
The current version of the EN Eurocodes results from a long and dedicated effort from the Commission, the Member States and particularly the European Union civil/mechanical engineering scientific and technical community who drafted the normative documents, developed and achieved various research projects aiming at clarifying several scientific and technical aspects to be finally approved by the Member States.
A sustained development of the Eurocodes programme is necessary to preserve the users' confidence in the codes and continue to strive towards meeting the overall objectives regarding safety and the Internal Market. This development process should:
- encourage/accompany innovation (related to materials and products, construction techniques and research on design methods), ensuring that the Eurocodes reflect and incorporate sustained market developments;
- take into account new societal demands and needs;
- facilitate the harmonisation of national technical initiatives on new topics of interest for the construction sector.
Long-term confidence in the codes is based on the ability of the structural Eurocodes to evolve in an appropriate manner in order to address the variety of new methods, new materials, new regulatory requirements and new societal needs developing. Thus, it is considered necessary for the structural Eurocodes to be appraised so as to identify improvements to the existing suite to reflect the state of the art, and extend harmonisation by, for example, reducing the need for Nationally Determined Parameters and exploring the need to assist new entrants to the market and small and medium sized enterprises.