Codes of practice: Burden or inspiration?

Joost Walraven*

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Building codes are a necessity. The first codes were simple, easy to apply for designers and offered residual capacity for a low price. Meanwhile codes are significantly more complicated. This is partly due to the development of more scientific background knowledge and partly to the upcoming significance of regulations in society. National codes disappear and are replaced by continental codes like the Eurocodes, the ACI Code and the Asian Code, with some space for national exceptions, to be negotiated. On the one hand a nostalgic desire develops to go back to more simple and transparent codes, but on the other hand there is a need for more advanced models, in order to deal with the existing infrastructure in an economic way. There is as well a remarkable development of high performance materials, improved calculation and measuring techniques, which ask for modernized codes. Finally new targets are formulated, like life cycle design and sustainable solutions. The development of user-friendly, future-oriented and innovation-stimulating codes is a large challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigh Tech Concrete: Where Technology and Engineering Meet
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 fib Symposium
ISBN (Electronic)9783319594705
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Eventfib Symposium 2017: High tech concrete: Where technology and engineering meet! - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 12 Jun 201714 Jun 2017


Conferencefib Symposium 2017
Internet address


  • Building codes
  • Development
  • Fib
  • Recommendations


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