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Eurocodes and changes to Part A

Eurocodes and changes to Part A

As part of the planned 2013 changes to the Building Regulations the Government launched a consultation package inviting review and feedback on the proposed changes to the technical aspects of the Part A (Structures) of the Building Regulations.    The adoption of the Eurocodes and the withdrawal of the British Standards, acted as the trigger behind the amendments proposed for Approved Document A.

The changes to the regulations mean that by 2015 the British Standards will be declared obsolete with  Eurocodes taking its place.  However up until 2015 both British Standards and Eurocodes can be used to demonstrate compliance, but beyond 2015 the use of the BSI standards may still be acceptable if the building control body is satisfied that this is appropriate for the proposed works.

Rupert Scott from TRADA said,  “A long transitional period where both the old BS and new Eurocode system is not good for the industry, since it requires everyone to be able to supply to both systems”.

Alan Osborne, Director of Operations for CNC Building Control, stated “Eurocodes have been in existence for some time now and we are hoping that  by 2015 most agents submitting building regulations will be fully up to speed with the new systems”.