Actions on structures

Eurocode 1: Actions on structures5 consists of 10 parts giving details of a wide variety of actions. Further information on the individual codes can be found in Chapter 1. Eurocode 1, Part 1-1: General actions -Densities, self-weight, imposed loads for buildings6 gives the densities and self-weights of building materials (see Table 2 overleaf).

The key change to current practice is that the bulk density of reinforced concrete has been increased to 25 kN/m3.The draft National Annex to this Eurocode gives the imposed loads for UK buildings and a selection is eunop codeĀ®

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reproduced in Table 3. It should be noted that there is no advice given for plant rooms.

At the time of writing not all the parts of Eurocode 1 and their National Annexes are available; it is advised that existing standards are considered for use where European standards have not yet been issued.

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