BCA introduces new standards for buildings

A new set of standards for structural design of buildings and civil engineering works - known as the Eurocodes - will be introduced on April 1, according to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

To help the industry make a smooth transition to the new codes, BCA will allow building professionals to submit the structural plans of a building using either the Eurocodes or the current codes based on British Standards from April 1 for two years. On April 1 2015, BCA will withdraw the current British Standards codes from use.

The Eurocodes was developed over the last 30 years by experts from the European Union (EU) and is considered one of the world's most advanced structural design codes. The existing British Standards, which has been withdrawn from use in Britain in 2010, will no longer be updated.

The Commissioner of Building Control, BCA, Er. Ong See Ho said: "In moving from the British Standards to the Eurocodes, we now have a set of building codes that is constantly reviewed at an international platform and regularly updated to suit developments in the building industry."

To help building professionals become proficient in the Eurocodes, BCA will conduct more courses, seminars and workshops before the switch to the Eurocodes in 2015.