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BS 8500-1:2015+A1:2016

BS 8500-1:2015+A1:2016 Concrete. Complementary British Standard to BS EN 206. Method of specifying and guidance for the specifier

Details: A4, 68 pages.

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Publication date: 30/06/2015

Publisher: British Standards Institute (BSI)

ISBN: 9780580954207

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BS 8500-1:2015+A1:2016 Concrete. Complementary British Standard to BS EN 206. Method of specifying and guidance for the specifier

The BS 8500 series has recently been amended to address a number of required clarifications for the additional United Kingdom complementary provisions to be used in conjunction with BS EN 2016.

It provides substantial national provisions not covered in BS EN 206. It also covers materials, methods of testing and procedures that are outside the scope of BS EN 206, but within national experience.

The new versions of BS 8500-1 and BS 8500-2 will come into effect on 16th July 2016 to allow ready mix concrete manufacturers transition to the new requirements set out in these standards.

Who is the standard for?

This document is important for all members of a construction project who provide or require information on ready mix concrete, including:

  • Construction contractors, specialists, and manufacturers
  • Specifiers and structural engineers

What does the standard cover?

BS 8500-1 is the first part of BS 8500 series. This document is the essential guide for concrete buyers and describes methods of specifying concrete.

It offers specifiers six approaches for specifying concrete to BS 8500-1. These are:

  • Designated
  • Designed
  • Prescribed•
  • Standardized
  • Prescribed
  • Proprietary concretes

For structural applications, the most common approaches are designated or designed concretes.

BS 8500 is a complementary document to be used in conjunction with the requirements of BS EN 206. 

What’s new?

The amended standard features the following principal changes:

  • Changes necessary to align with publication of EN 206
  • Changes resulting from new or revised European Standards published since 2003
  • Alignment with conformity assessment and accreditation policy in the United Kingdom 
  • Introduction of designated cement bound concrete
  • Updated durability recommendations for reinforced or prestressed elements with an intended working life of 50 years and 100 years
  • Modification of requirements for concrete to resist freezing and thawing
  • Updated slump tolerances
  • Corrections and minor clarifications
  • All references have been updated