Design of Masonry using Eurocode 6


Masonry is one of the key construction materials used in the UK and is used both as a load-bearing material and as a cladding to framed structures. Brick and block masonry remain the primary construction materials for houses in the UK and are used extensively in buildings of all types. Masonry structures have withstood the test of time and proven the inherent durability and structural integrity of masonry. Today's masonry structures make use of modern materials and design methods to provide cost effective structural solutions. The introduction of the new European Codes and the supporting CEN standards provides both new opportunities and challenges for designers.

This course is a stand alone updating for those requiring more detailed knowledge of the changes that will occur in masonry design following the introduction of Eurocode 6.

Aims & Objectives:

The course is designed to enable delegates to:

  • Understand the framework of Eurocode 6 (BS EN 1996-1-1) and its relationship to other Eurocodes
  • Understand the arrangement of the contents, principles and application rules and the significance of the annexes
  • Understand the role and importance of the National Annex.
  • Appreciate the standards supporting Eurocode 6
  • Be able to determine the characteristic compressive strength of masonry and carry out basic wall design for vertical load
  • Have an appreciation of design for concentrated loads
  • Understand design for lateral loads
  • Be familiar with the approach to determining fire resistance using BS EN 1996-1-2
  • Be familiar with the content of BS EN 1996-2 and BS EN 1996-3

On completion of the course, participants should have a good basic understanding of design to Eurocode 6 requirements or standards.

Course Outline:

Topics covered will include:

The development of the European codes and standards

Explaining the background to the development of the new Codes and Standards

What is covered in Eurocode 6 and the supporting CEN standards

Explaining the various parts and coverage.

The National Annex

The necessary information to make Eurocode 6 useable in the UK.

Differences in the design approach for vertical load

Comparison with BS5628 Part 1

Differences in the design approach for lateral load

Comparison with BS5628 Part 1

Fire resistance

How the fire resistance of masonry is covered.

Construction aspects

How the material currently in BS5628 Part 3 is dealt with.

  • Introduction and assessment of participants' needs
  • Course materials and design guides
  • Demonstrating, by course tutor of various aspects of design
  • Interactive design tutorials
  • Open discussion forum

Course material will cover basic designing to Eurocode 6 and a number of design examples. so that delegates have a sound knowledge of masonry design and the requirements of Eurocode 6.


Intended For:

All those interested in the design of masonry to the new Eurocode. This course will provide an overview of the changes in both the design procedures and supporting documents resulting from the introduction of the new European Codes and Standards and compare the new requirements with the existing British Standards such as BS 5628.

Intended for Structural Engineers ideally with some experience of masonry design. Participants will need a calculator and if possible copies of BS EN 1996-1-1.