Update on the Introduction of EC 6
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EC 6 is coming. To be exact, with DIN EN 1996-1-1, DIN EN 1996-1-2, DIN EN 1996-2 and DIN EN 1996-3 a whole slew of new codes and regulations is coming. And just that package - including the National Annexes it will be about 450 pages long - makes it clear that design and construction of masonry structures is not going to become any clearer. The old codes DIN 1053-1 and DIN 1053-3 (excluding fire safety) were only 32 and 8 pages long, respectively.
If design becomes more difficult, if the new codes provide completely new areas of application for masonry and - last but not least - when EC 6 is going to become binding, those are the main questions that this article will focus on. Detailed regulations have already been dealt with by Hauschild et al. in their paper published in April earlier this year.