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fib Model Code for Concrete Structures (2020)

N°2020. fib Model Code for Concrete Structures (2020).
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Titlefib Model Code for Concrete Structures (2020).

Model Code

Year: 2023

Pages: 780

Format approx. DIN A4 (210x297 mm)

ISBN: 978-2-88394-175-5

Abstract:

Concrete is the most extensively used construction material in terms of annual tonnage, being used for innumerable buildings and structures over some 2’000 years. Globally it provides a very adaptable means of creating the facilities and assets required to meet the needs of society. Furthermore, this has been done largely using the locally available material resources. Modern concrete technology has extended those inherent advantages, creating an extensive family of concrete types with a diverse range of properties and performances, allowing concrete to be tailor-made for a great variety of uses.

While concrete has a low CO2-eq value per unit weight, its prodigious global usage has resulted in it becoming a significant contributor to climate change; which has been described by the United Nations as “the defining issue of our time”. This has served as a compelling catalyst for change and the increased emphasis on sustainability in the fib Model Code for Concrete Structures (2020), also known as fib MC (2020). This distinguishes it from the foci of preceding editions of that fib Model Code.

fib MC (2020) takes sustainability as a fundamental requirement for design, based on an all-inclusive treatment of societal needs and impacts, life-cycle cost and environmental impacts. The code adopts an integrated life-cycle perspective, which means that the requirements for social performance will have defining implications for subsidiary performance requirements that are crucial in designing new structures and extending the useful life of existing ones. These performance requirements include aspects such as human and environmental safety, serviceability, durability, robustness of the structure, resilience of its functionality, aesthetics, adaptability, maintenance, and reducing CO2-eq emissions.

fib MC (2020) presents new consensus guidance on developments relating to concrete structures and structural materials, as well as providing a basis for future codes for concrete structure. It addresses significant advances made on a wide range of issues including those relating to structural design and analysis methods, seismic design and assessment procedures, durability, structural monitoring, service life design, structural assessment through-life and making interventions to adapt existing structures or enhance their performance to accommodate revised requirements or extend their useful life.

fib MC (2020), like previous editions of the fib Model Code, not only specifies requirements and recommended practices, but gives explanations in the adjoining informative column of the document.

fib MC (2020), the most comprehensive code for concrete structures, takes a holistic life-cycle perspective considering both design and life-cycle management aspects. It is expected to become an important document for both national and international code committees, practitioners and researchers.

fib MC (2020) involves contributions from over 1’400 technical experts from 67 countries which, taken with the support of fib’s 42 national member bodies, make it an exceptional and truly global effort.

Stuart Matthews
Convener of fib Task Group 10.1 "Model Code 2020"

Agnieszka Bigaj van Vliet
Deputy Convener of fib Task Group 10.1 "Model Code 2020"

Gerrie Dieteren
Technical Secretary of fib Task Group 10.1 "Model Code 2020"

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