This is the second edition of CSA S408, Guidelines for the development of limit states design standards. It supersedes the first edition, published in 1981 under the title Guidelines for the Development of Limit States Design.
These Guidelines provide recommendations for the development of codes and standards used for the design and evaluation of civil engineering structures such as buildings, industrial structures, bridges, earth and water-retaining structures, towers, chimneys, and poles. These recommendations are intended to ensure the adequate and consistent provision of safety and serviceability, regardless of the type of material, construction, or use of the structure.
In these Guidelines, should is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; may is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the Guidelines; and can is used to express possibility or capability.