WaterMark Updated Schedules

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Updated Schedules

Please be advised the WaterMark Schedule of Specifications and the WaterMark Schedule of Products have been updated.

Note the Schedule of Products replaces the Schedule of Specifications from 1 July 2017.

Changes to both Schedules include:

  • listing of the recently adopted AS 4032.4 Thermostatically controlled taps for the control of heated water supply temperatures
  • removal of AS 1646.1, AS 1646.2 and AS 1646.3 (2000). These standards were incorrectly referenced as they have been superseded by AS 1646:2007.
    Note AS 1646.4:2005 will be removed from the Schedule and the WaterMark database on 2 September 2017 as advised in Notice of Direction 2015/16.1

Adopted Standards

Amended versions (2017) of the following 3 standards have been adopted into the WaterMark scheme and listed on the WaterMark database (WMPD).

As outlined in Notice of Direction 2015/16.1 the superseded versions of these standards will remain on WMPD for one year to provide sufficient time for products to be re-evaluated to the current version.

  • AS/NZS 1260 – PVC-U pipes and fittings for drain, waste and vent applications
  • AS/NZS 4441 – Oriented PVC (PVC-O) pipes for pressure applications (ISO 16422:2014, MOD)
  • AS/NZS 4765 – Modified PVC (PVC-M) pipes for pressure applications.

Database Licence Summary

Due to privacy concerns the listing of Approved User phone and email details has been removed from the Licence Summary report available from the public user WaterMark database.
This information will now only be viewable via the WMCAB and ABCB WaterMark database Administration Portals.

CMI Advisory Note: CMI’s Process on Technical and/or External Advice

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CMI’s Process on Technical and/or External Advice.

Recently, CMI has received a number of queries which require the expertise of our suitably qualified external consultants. CMI is being asked to validate Certifications, Product Quality Plans and/or Installation Manuals, advise specific fitness for purpose of product, contact Customers, Building Certifiers, Councils and other interested parties on behalf of the Certificate Holder, to discuss information pertaining to Certifications and in some instances, enter into technical discussion on matters of engineering including things like Structural Suitability, Fire or Weatherproofing matters.

In nearly all cases a response to the enquiry will require CMI to seek advice from one or more of its technical or compliance experts. These experts are external consultants, who charge for their time. If CMI contacts an Engineer for an opinion based on an enquiry from a Certificate Holder, then it is the norm for CMI to be billed by the relevant person/s. It is a similar situation when our Unrestricted Building Certifier (UBC) is consulted as is required under the CodeMark Scheme.

In light of the above, we thought we should provide some clarification. CMI are experts in Compliance Auditing and Certification. We operate in line with International Standard ISO 17065, within the ABCB and MBIE guidelines and for the CodeMark and Watermark Scheme Rules. Our staff are, for the most part, Internal Auditors and Administrative staff trained at evaluating compliance in relation to the various certification schemes. CMI relies on external experts for its technical advice, as well as a heavy reliance on our UBC for the content of the Certificate of Conformity’s and compliance with the requirements of the relevant Building Code.

Your Client Liaison Officer and the other Administrative staff at CMI, do not have the technical training or qualifications, to make calls on the technical matters including content of your Certificate of Conformity. CMI are required under both the CodeMark and WaterMark Scheme Rules, as well as the requirements of ISO17065, to refer all technical enquires to the appropriately qualified technical expert.

Consequently, when a Certificate Holder contacts CMI for advice or with a request for us to “go into bat” for them on an enquiry relating to their certification, something that CMI is happy to do, it must be understood that there is a process involved as well as a fee for this service.

It is also important that a very well defined paper trail is kept of all such enquires and any subsequent actions resulting from such enquires. Consequently, CMI requires any requests for technical matters be made using the appropriate form found at https://certmark.org/forms/technical-request/.

CMI wishes to assure you that we will always seek to answer such enquires in a professional and timely manner.

Improved WaterMark Product Database has been launched.

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ABCB has notified CMI this morning to advise that the improved WaterMark Product Database has been launched.

The public user version of the database is accessible from the existing location on the ABCB website at http://www.abcb.gov.au/Product-Certification/WaterMark-Certification-Scheme/WMPD-Search

For reference, a short video has been published on How to use the public version of the WaterMark Database

Risk Assessment Notification – 2017/R15

R15 – Risk Assessment Notice.pdf


Product Assessed: – Small Bore Manifolds for use in hot and cold water installations.

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product.
Outcome
In accordance with the WaterMark Scheme Rules, any new, or innovative material, or product that is required to comply with AS/NZS 4020 requires a Level 1 Certification. Therefore, the Small Bore Manifold assessed will require a Level 1 Certification.
Issued
23 March 2017.

Risk Assessment Notification – 2017/R16

R16- Risk Assessment Notice.pdf


Product Assessed: – ‘Smart Sink’ Plaster Trap

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product.
Outcome
For the purposes of the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) a plaster trap is considered to be an on-site liquid trade waste system. Part F2 of the PCA requires on-site liquid trade waste systems to comply with the requirements of the receiving Network Utility Operator. The PCA also requires that liquid trade waste must be discharged according to the requirements and agreement of the authority having jurisdiction and the receiving Network Utility Operator.
Currently on-site liquid trade waste systems are not captured within the WaterMark Certification Scheme, as they are considered to be the responsibility of the Network Utility Operator. WaterMark Certification is a form of Evidence of Suitability to demonstrate fitness for purpose for a plumbing or drainage installation. It does not guarantee suitability or acceptance by a Network Utility Operator as previously provided by the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) Appraisal Scheme.
It is important to note that while trade waste pre-treatment products are not captured under the WaterMark Certification Scheme, any material, or product used to connect the trade waste pre-treatment product to a plumbing and drainage system shall be considered for WaterMark Certification in accordance with the Scheme Rules. In relation to the ‘Smart Sink’ bench mounted product this would mean that the standard 50mm fitting to the plumbing ‘S’ trap, including the plug and washer, should be a WaterMark Certified product.
For further direction on the requirements for on-site liquid trade waste systems refer to the authority having jurisdiction in your State or Territory.
Issued
23 March 2017

CMI Advisory Note: Product Certification vs. System Certification.

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CMI has recently sought advice from the ABCB regarding the referencing to test results of products that have been tested in concert with other building materials to achieve specific compliance values.

For example, a wall sheeting material that has been tested for its acoustic and insulation values in a wall assembly that incorporates the sheeting, Rockwool insulation, an air gap and plasterboard.

Such an assembly may well achieve a R value of 50 + and comply with the requirements of the Building Code. However; if the CodeMark™ application for certification is for the wall panel, as a “product”, and not for the wall panel as a “system”, then the certificate of compliance cannot reference the R values achieved by the “system”.

In the case of a “product” certification, only the values actually achieved by the “product” that forms the subject of the certification can be attested to on the certificate of compliance.

If the application is for a “system” then the “system” certification must clearly identify the components that go into making up the system. For example:

The XYZ wall system consist of the following:

Product Description
XYZ wall panel The XYZ wall panel is a 12mm fibre cement wall panel.
Top Hat The Top Hats have a nominal width of 35mm
Framing Steel framing conforming to NASH Standard/Timber Framing to AS1684
XYZ Rockwool 75mm XYZ Rockwool
XYZ plaster board 10mm XYZ plasterboard
Fasteners & Fixing Fixing of Top Hat to steel framing; 10-16x16mm Hex Head Teks screw
Fixing of XYZ wall panel panels to Top Hat from inside of buildings 14-10x65mm Hex Head Type 17 Screw
XYZ Adhesive XYZ Adhesive is used for gluing the panels together at vertical and horizontal joints.

 

It is important to note that certification of a building system requires the Certificate Holder to accept responsibility for the other components used in the system. Such components must be clearly defined in the Certificate Holders version controlled installation manual or guide. Any installation of the certified system that varies from the description on the Certificate of Conformity (CoC) will be considered to be non-compliant in line with CMI’s Terms and Conditions and the Scheme Rules.

If you require further information on the above or clarification on any other aspect of the CodeMark Scheme, please contact your CMI Client Liaison Officer.

Updated Schedule of Products and Exempt Products for WaterMark

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These Schedules have been prepared as a result of completion of Stage One of the ABCB project to review products for inclusion in or exclusion from the improved Scheme.

The Schedules have been published in advance of implementation of the improved Scheme on 1 July 2017 to enable stakeholders to commence transition.

From 1 July 2017, any products whose inclusion/exclusion status has changed must be certified or may have certification terminated within a period of 2 years.

In addition, any or new or innovative products not listed in either Schedule must undergo a full risk assessment to determine inclusion in or exclusion from the improved Scheme.

These changes Can be found at WaterMark Schedule of Products and the WaterMark Schedule of Excluded Products.

ABRB – Issue 18 Released

The ABRB is one of the ABCB’s key mechanisms for delivering and raising awareness of technically based information directly relevant to the building and plumbing industry and the community. This electronic publication provides a means for delivering information on code-related issues that address specific technical matters, contains information on broader building and plumbing regulations, and provides for expert opinions on significant technical and regulatory topics.

The ABRB is produced three times each year and is an information service to users of the NCC.

This is the August 2016 edition.

Visit the ABCB website for the PDF Download

Bypass bridge steel found to fail tests in New Zealand

Breaking_News_LogoA article has been published by Radio NZ today that sixteen hundred tonnes of steel from China has been found to be too weak.
This steel was to be used for four bridges on the $450 million Huntly bypass that forms part of the $2 billion Waikato Expressway.

Contractors building the ‘Road of National Significance’ chose a very low bid for the steel tubes.

But the test certificates for them have turned out to be wrong, and now an expensive fix-up job is under way.

The contractors, Fulton Hogan and HEB Construction, have admitted to RNZ News the steel tubes were not good enough. They did not comply with standards for structural steel, which for bridges were very high as they must resist impacts, heavy loads and low temperatures.

It was only after a third lot of testing that the contractors found out. The first tests were done in China by the steel mill and the tube manufacturer; it is understood the second tests were done in New Zealand on samples sent here from China.

Both lots of tests said the steel met the New Zealand standard….

 

Read the full article on www.RadioNZ.co.nz

Australian Construction Safety

What benefits can be derived from product certification in the construction industry?

The overall goals of any product compliance function within an organisation should be to:

  1. Understand market and customer needs/requirements concerning product compliance with relevant safety, technical standards, specifications and regulation.
  2. Minimise the company’s legal exposure by ensuring all regulatory compliance and product approval requirements are met.
  3. Minimise the impact of market driven (government/customer) product requirements by providing a resource/ability to confirm compliance with those requirements.

The use of certified, compliant products ensures the organisation and the organisation’s product presently comply and continue to comply with all product regulations, product approval and associated requirements in all geographic markets where the organisation or the organisation’s distributors are supplying product (target markets).

This is particularly important when considering new products or technology as it enable the company to obtain and review all necessary product compliance documentation to ensure product compliance. The organisation can also resolve any compliance anomalies that may arise, and obtain the required product approval(s) and if necessary, establish product Technical Construction Files (TCFs) or product Compliance Folders (CFs).

In the case of product variants and or modifications, certification of a product will enable the organisation to review all necessary compliance documentation concerning the variation/modification to ensure continued product compliance.  Resolve any compliance anomalies and where necessary, obtain new product approvals or apply to update existing product approval(s).

Certification is also an ideal way to incorporate new information in existing product Technical Construction Files (TCFs) or product Compliance Folders (CFs) as required relating to compliance of product variations/modifications (including review findings, record of compliance decisions and actions taken as a result of such product variation/modification documentation review).