6 July 2011
The Construction Industry Council has raised concerns
over Eurocodes, (adopted in 2010 to replace British structural design and civil design standards) namely,
whether the structural Eurocodes could impose a warranty for fitness for purpose, and potential clashes with
If a consultant accepts a contractual obligation to comply with relevant
Eurocodes it is thought that he will have accepted an obligation equivalent to a warranty for fitness for
purpose. It is therefore important that either no such obligation is accepted or that the consultant agrees to
'use reasonable skill and care in complying with [relevant Eurocode]'.
Working to British Standards will become a problem as these are to be withdrawn
and the BSI will no longer update them. By 2013 all British Standards will be outside the five year revision
cycle. Finally, it is not intended at present that the Eurocodes will be maintained. Building Regulations will
not be amended to take account of Eurocodes until 2013 at the earliest.
Until 2013 therefore it would be prudent for the client and the construction
team to clarify from the outset which standards are to apply.