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EGIS (Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society)

What are standards?

SES - The Society for Standards Professionals - have a useful FAQ explaining what a standard is, and the terminology used by standards organizations.

British Standards (BSOL)

Standards/Regulations/Technical Advice

  • a bibliographic, citation and full-text database of more than 50,000 British and adopted European and international standards. Updated daily, BSOL allows you download access to the most complete collection of current, draft and withdrawn British Standards available anywhere.  So if you are looking for British Standards, ISO standards, Eurocodes, OHSAS etc, use this resource.

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The EN Eurocodes are a series of 10 European Standards, EN 1990 - EN 1999, providing a common approach for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works and construction products:

BS EN 1990 - Basis of structural design (1 part)

BS EN 1991 - Actions on structures (10 parts)

BS EN 1992 - Design of concrete structures (4 parts)

BS EN 1993 - Design of steel structures (20 parts)

BS EN 1994 - Design of composite structures (3 parts)

BS EN 1995 - Design of timber structures (3 parts)

BS EN 1996 - Design of timber masonry structures (4 parts)

BS EN 1997 - Geotechnical design (2 parts)

BS EN 1998 - Design of structures for earthquake resistance (6 parts)

BS EN 1999 - Design of aluminium structures (5 parts)

For full access to these standards, see British Standards Online (BSOL)

Technical Indexes Construction Information Service (info4education)


  • there is a lot of EuroCode related information and guidance available, e.g.:
    • NCCI material which includes coverage from key organisations such as BRE, IStructE, Concrete Society etc.
    • Additional construction related documentation from over 500 publishing organisations
    • Subject guides, briefings, news reviews, technical information and guidance publications for English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish regulations

BREEAM Technical and Environmental and Sustainability Standards 

SD 2## and SD 5## standards available, plus other BREEAM related documents e.g. comparing BREEAM with WELL and LEED.

RICS standards and guidance portal

Accessed via:

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)

BREEAM Technical Standards (SD 2##) and Environmental and Sustainability Standards (SD 5##) are available via:

Other Standards and where to find them

Abbreviation Sources

API Recommended Practice ###

API Standard YYYY-####

American Petroleum Institute publications.

Read only versions of these are available on the API website.  Create an account at .  Then login and browse to the standard.

Some older API standards are available on paper in the Edinburgh campus library.

ANSI American National Standards Institute - contact the library for advice.
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers - contact the library for advice.
ASTM American Society for Testing Materials.  If you are a member of IMechE you can get ASTM standards through the IMechE library.  Otherwise, contact the Heriot-Watt University library for advice.

BS ####-#:YYYY

BS EN #####:YYYY


BS IEC #####-#:YYYY

British standards available from British Standards Online.
Eurocodes Available from British Standards Online .  See the help with Eurocodes guide.
EN #####:YYYY EN standards are European Standards from CEN, CENELEC or ETSI.  Many of these have a BS equivalent - try searching British Standards Online
IEC #####-#:YYYY Many IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) standards have a BS equivalent - try searching British Standards Online

IEEE Std ####-YYYY

IEEE P###.###

IEEE standards are available from IEEE XPlore.
ISO ####:YYYY Many ISO (International Standards Organisation) standards have a BS equivalent - try searching British Standards Online

SD 2##

SD 5##

BREEAM Technical Standards and Environmental and Sustainability Standards are available from info4education for EGIS staff and students only.

The Society for Standards Professionals has links to many more standards providers, including government and trade-related bodies.  You can use this page to decode unfamiliar abbreviations.