Page for the development and dissemination of the Spanish Technical Building Code prepared by the Eduardo Torroja Institute of Construction Sciences. CSIC, in accordance with the collaboration agreement signed with the Architecture and Housing Policy Directorate General of the Ministry for Housing.
The Technical Building Code (TBC)
The Spanish Technical Building Code (TBC) is the normative framework that establishes the safety and habitability requirements of buildings set out in the Building Act (LOE).
To promote innovation and technological development, the TBC has adopted the most modern international approach to building norms: Performance-Based Codes or objectives.
The use of these new regulations based on performance calls for the configuration of a more flexible environment, easily updated in accordance with the development of techniques and the demands of society, and based on the experience of traditional norms.
Spanish society increasingly demands building quality, which means satisfying certain basic requirements both with respect to safety and aspects linked to human welfare.
The TBC is intended as a structured normative framework and seeks to facilitate their application and fulfilment, in harmony with European regulations. Other basic technical regulations, such as the EHE (concrete regulation), will coexist with the TBC and, in principle, will be external references to the code.
The statutory regulations for industrial safety which are dependent on other ministerial departments and that affect installations which are incorporated into buildings, will be given specific consideration.
European regulations will be regarded as basic documents whose consideration will be mandatory in drawing up the TBC.
The TBC, as stipulated in the LOE, may include other norms as dictated by the competent authorities.