Eurocodes - standards for the construction sector
Common standards to improve competitiveness of construction industry
10 European standards for design of construction works will provide a common approach for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works as of 2010. These "Eurocodes" will boost business in this sector by removing technical barriers to trade with construction products and services within the European Union. They will improve quality of products and services, and will create new job opportunities in the construction sector, which currently covers 28% of industrial employment in the EU.
The Eurocodes workshop, organized on 18-20 February 2008 by the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) together with the Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry, aims to contribute towards the transfer of background knowledge and expertise of Eurocodes writers to potential trainers on national level. It will also facilitate the exchange of views, networking and cooperation between the representatives of institutions, industry and technical associations involved in training on the Eurocodes in Member States.
The next goal of the European Union is to extend the scope of the Eurocodes to sustainability aspects such as the protection of environment, resources, energy saving, health protection and security.