The update on TRADA’s “Eurocode 5 – and introduction” outlines the code and highlights its major differences with BS 5268-2.

Eurocode 5 will officially come into use this year, running in parallel with BS 5268-2 until 2010, when the BSI will stop supporting BS 5268-2.

TRADA said economic factors and expected early adoption by public sector clients will mean structural designers using Eurocode 5 sooner rather than later.

EUrocodes are a series of standards establishing common rules across the EU for structural design, offering potential for wider structural use of timber.

Eurocode benefits include removing obstacles to the free movement of goods and services by providing common rules for calculation and design; a reference point in contracts; and improving the competitiveness of the European construction industry by offering advanced concepts of calculation and design.