Will Eurocode designs cost more to construct?
The numerous studies carried out so far indicate that the Eurocodes will have little or no effect on member sizes and quantities in common design situations. This has been confirmed by the trial / parallel design studies commissioned by the Agency. The less prescriptive approach of the Eurocodes should also allow greater scope for innovation and encourage designers to use advanced analysis techniques which, combined with the more open marketplace and greater competition brought about by the implementation of Eurocodes, should lead to better value for money. It is worth noting, though, that at least initially the actual design process is expected to be more costly – due to designers having to become familiar with the Eurocodes.