CEN published new EN 13031-1:2019 on the design and construction of commercial production greenhouses 

New EN 13031-1:2019 ‘Greenhouses: Design and Construction - Part 1: Commercial production greenhouses’ was published on 18 December 2019. The standard defines a greenhouse as “a building structure that optimizes solar radiation transmission used for plants requiring regulated climatic conditions”.

EN 13031-1:2019 specifies principles and requirements for the mechanical resistance and stability, serviceability and durability for the design and construction of commercial production greenhouse structures, including their foundations, irrespective of the material used, for the professional production of plants (crops). It gives specific rules and information, such as load distributions, deformation criteria and limitations to tolerances, for structural design and construction of greenhouses to enable adequate structural safety.

The structural design of greenhouses is based on EN 1990 ‘Eurocode - Basis of structural and geotechnical design’ and the relevant parts of EN 1991 to EN 1999 (Eurocodes 1 to 9) regarding the general principles and basic requirements for actions, mechanical resistance and stability, serviceability and durability.

EN 13031-1:2019 was developed by CEN/TC 284 – ‘Greenhouses’, which is responsible for standardization in the field of permanent and non-permanent greenhouses. Its Secretariat is held by NEN, the Dutch standardization body.

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