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New technical rules on existing structures

The assessment of existing structures often requires the application of refined methods that are beyond the scope of design codes for new structures. Over the last 20 years, methodologies inherent to existing structures have evolved in many countries and applied on a national level.

New European technical rules will be developed to cover the assessment, re-use and retrofitting of existing structures, in keeping with the principles and fundamental requirements of the EN Eurocodes. These rules will bring together the different national approaches to a broadly accepted, coherent and harmonised set of rules for existing structures complementing those for the design of new structures.

The new European technical rules for existing structures are intended to cover all types of buildings, bridges and construction works, including geotechnical aspects, exposed to all kind of actions. They complement rules of the relevant EN Eurocodes by identifying and distinguishing the differences between the design of new structures and the assessment and retrofitting of existing structures.

The generic rules complementary to EN 1990 will address the requirements, structural analysis and verifications, examination, interventions, etc. Rules for actions will cover the remaining service life for which the structure has to fulfil the requirements for structural safety and serviceability. The main issue of material-oriented complementary rules concerns the methodologies for interventions, including retrofitting and strengthening of existing structures.

CEN Technical Specifications on general rules, actions and concrete structures will be developed first. After a period of trial use and commenting, CEN/TC250 will decide whether the CEN Technical Specifications should be converted into Eurocode Parts

Read the article about the new CEN/TS 17440:2020 “Assessment and retrofitting of existing structures”. This is the first document prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 250 under Mandate M/515 to be made available to the CEN Member states.