New WMTS-530 & revised WMTS-040

See below notice from the ABCB

The WaterMark Administration wishes to advise that the following WaterMark Technical Specifications have been approved for publication and adoption into the WaterMark Scheme:

•             New WMTS-530:2020  – Water meters with integral shut off valve

                This Scope of this technical specification sets out the requirements for a inline water meter with an integral shut off valve for installation into an existing service valve. The meter may be installed in cold or hot water service pipelines.

A water meter that complies with this standard is intended for installation downstream of the network utility operators property water meter.

•             Revised WMTS-040:2021  – Waste pipe connection outlets and gratings, separate or integral

            The revision of this technical specification was made to include additional materials and to amend references to secondary specifications.

The 2018 version of this Specification is listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will remain for 12 months from the date of this correspondence to provide sufficient time for products to be re-evaluated to the new 2021 version.

Both WMTS-530:2020 and WMTS-040:2021 have been published on the ABCB Website, and listed in the WaterMark Product Database, and will be included in the next revision of the Schedule of Products. 

If you require any further clarification regarding the publication of this WMTS please do not hesitate to contact the WaterMark Administration.

A new look for NCC 2022

Please see the following statement from the ABCB

As part of the Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB) commitment to delivering a National Construction Code (NCC) that is user-friendly and modern, important changes are being implemented for the 2022 edition of the code.

In moving from what was historically a print-based publication, to what will become an innovative and agile digital product, the next phase of improvements are primarily to the code’s structure and format. These improvements are being implemented following considerable analysis, research and consultation with key industry groups, and do not change the intent of the code in any way.

The changes form part of the ABCB’s overall long-term strategy to improve useability of the code, and have been designed with NCC users in mind. This needs to have regard to those who are relatively new to the industry and becoming familiar with the NCC as a technical regulatory instrument, those who are using it in their studies and will therefore be future users of the product, as well as those who have been in the business for some time and are therefore familiar with how things have been done up to this point.

To guide users through the changes, the ABCB has developed a range of supporting material, which will be released in stages leading up to the release of the NCC 2022 Public Comment Draft (PCD) on 10 May 2021.

The first stage of supporting materials are being released (see below), which cover NCC 2022’s:

These changes are essential to ensure the NCC:

  • Is easily digested and comprehended by users, encouraging greater adoption across industry. Higher rates of use and comprehension will help lift compliance and improve building outcomes.
  • Can be converted into a range of digital formats, enabling features such as personalised filtering of content.
  • Encourages digital innovation such as integration with commonly used industry software and digital systems.
  • Facilitates contemporary education and training opportunities, incentivising new entrants to the building and plumbing industries to familiarise themselves with the NCC.

What will result is an NCC that is more usable and accessible to as many practitioners as possible, knowing that it will require some adjustment for those who have used it in its current form for many years.

The ABCB will be releasing a range of supporting material and useful resources prior to the NCC 2022 PCD. To ensure that you are kept up to date with these important changes please ensure you are subscribed to ‘ABCB Connect’ in your NCC profile.

https://www.abcb.gov.au/Connect

CMI Advisory Notice: 11/2020

Scheme and JAS-ANZ Logo Usage –Terms & Conditions & CMI Style Guide

CMI have now updated our Terms & Conditions. The current Terms & Conditions, dated 05/11/2020, version 4, now specifies the requirement to comply with CMIs Style Guide.

The Style Guide details the requirements for logo usage under the WaterMark, Product Certification and CodeMark Schemes. Included in this update are the requirements for usage of the JAS-ANZ logo. All clients are asked to read and understand the CMI Style Guide and current Terms & Conditions and make any necessary adjustments to their logo usage if required.

Client’s onsite audits will continue to verify correct logo usage and any identified issues will be raised as Non-Conformities for rectification within a set timeframe.

Please contact our office immediately if any clarification is required on the above or you are unable to view the relevant documents on our website:

CertMark International
P: +61 (07) 5445 2199

E: office@certmark.org
W: www.CertMark.org

2020-11-11-CMI_Advisory_Notice_11-2020-Update_to_T&Cs-Logo_Usage.pdf

AS/NZS 4766:2020 Adoption

See below notice from the ABCB


Dear State and Territory Plumbing Administrations, WMCABs and JAS-ANZ,

The WaterMark Administration has recently adopted a new version of the following Australian/New Zealand Standard:-

AS/NZS 4766:2020 Rotationally moulded buried, partially buried and non-buried storage tanks for water and chemicals

The current 2006 version of this Specification is a listed WaterMark Specification and the ABCB wishes to inform you of the adoption of the 2020 version into the WaterMark Certification Scheme and subsequent listing onto the WaterMark Database. The existing listed 2006 version will remain on the WaterMark Database for 12 months from the date of this correspondence to provide sufficient time for products to be re-evaluated to the new 2020 version.

If you require any further clarification relating to this advice please do not hesitate to contact the WaterMark Administration.

Regards

WaterMark Administration Team
Australian Building Codes Board
GPO Box 2‌013 Canberra ACT 2601

WaterMark WMTS-101:2020 Public Consultation

See the following from the ABCB


REQUEST FOR COMMENT – SPECIFICATION DEVELOPMENT

Dear WMCABs’ and JAS-ANZ,

WMTS number: WMTS-101
Title: Appliances (low hazard rating)
Type of project: Amended Publication – Public Consultation
Comment closing date: October 28 2020 23:59
Please review the proposed amended WMTS and submit your comment via Consultation Hub.

Consultation Hub link https://consultation.abcb.gov.au/engagement/wmts-101-2020-public-consultation-draft 

Please ensure that you notify any of your Licence holders who may be impacted by this amended specification. Also note that responses will be published, where consent has been given, once the consultation period has closed. The ABCB Office will endeavour to review and publish responses within 10 business days. You will be able to view responses through the Consultation Hub.

WaterMark WMTS-522:2020 Public Consultation

See the following from the ABCB


REQUEST FOR COMMENT – SPECIFICATION DEVELOPMENT

Dear WMCABs’ and JAS-ANZ,

WMTS number: WMTS-522
Title: Fixture and floor wastes-supplementary protection devices
Type of project: Amended Publication – Public Consultation
Comment closing date: October 28 2020 23:59

Please review the proposed amended WMTS and submit your comment via Consultation Hub. Consultation Hub link –https://consultation.abcb.gov.au/engagement/wmts-522-2020-public-consultation

Please ensure that you notify any of your Licence holders who may be impacted by this amended specification. Also note that responses will be published, where consent has been given, once the consultation period has closed. The ABCB Office will endeavour to review and publish responses within 10 business days. You will be able to view responses through the Consultation Hub.

AS/NZS 1260 PVC DWV Fittings

PVC gravity sewer systems have been in use in Australia since the early 1970s and are the predominant option for collection sewers up to size DN 375. Water industry consensus is that PVC-U gravity systems have performed satisfactorily and that correctly installed PVC-U systems have better resistance to tree root penetration, whether rubber ring jointed (RRJ) or solvent weld jointed (SWJ).  However, mechanical failures of some DN 100 and DN 150 injection moulded fittings with both rubber ring joints (RRJ) and solvent weld joints (SWJ), used within sewer property service connection assemblies, have been commonly experienced by Water Agencies for many years due to ground movement, subsidence and settlement related issues.

The Australian Standard for PVC-U pipe and fittings for drainage waste and vent applications is AS/NZS 1260:2017. A minimum wall thickness of 3mm for DN100 fittings and 4mm for DN 150 fittings is specified for injection moulded fittings. Tests indicate that fittings manufactured to the minimum requirements of AS/NZS 1260 have stiffnesses ratings between SN16 and SN80, depending on the size and configuration of the fitting. Clearly the ability of fittings to withstand ground movement is not related to their stiffness rating alone.

In response to Water Agency concerns  a limited range of “heavy duty” injection moulded fittings with additional wall thickness and in some cases additional strengthening ribs have been introduced to the market. These heavy duty fittings remain compliant with AS/NZS 1260 as the Standard specifies a minimum wall thickness only, however there are currently no guidelines for manufacturers or users to determine the definition of a heavy duty fitting and no industry consistency for clear identification of these fittings.

WSAA has amended their Product Specification WS PS 230 to allow an option for Water Agencies to specify heavy duty fittings. Minimum wall thicknesses for heavy duty fittings have been nominated based on Water Agency experience over the last 18 months or so and the requirement for a minimum stiffness rating for fittings has been removed.   The minimum wall thicknesses for heavy duty fittings have been nominated as RRJ DN 100: 4mm, RRJ DN 150: 5mm, SWJ DN 100: 5mm, SWJ DN: 150 6mm. (The additional wall thickness for SWJ is justified by their reduced joint flexibility). A requirement to mark the fittings “heavy duty” is also included. WSA PS 230 is available at the following link:  https://www.wsaa.asn.au/shop/product/35716

WSA PS –230POLYVINYCHLORIDE, UNPLASTICISED(PVC-U) PIPES AND FITTINGS FOR NON-PRESSURE APPLICATIONS –SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE
WSA_PS_230_Iss_7.2_PVC_DWV_Pipes_and_Fittings.pdf

WMTS:040-2020 (Round 3) Public Consultation

See the following from the ABCB


Dear WMCABs’ and JAS-ANZ,

  • WMTS number: WMTS-040
  • Title: Waste pipe connection outlets and gratings, separate or integral
  • Type of project: Amended Publication – Round 3 Public Consultation
  • Comment closing date: August 05 2020 23:59
  • Reason for further consultation: In undertaking resolution of the previous public comments substantial changes were identified which required redrafting. The ABCB wishes to consult again on the proposed changes to WMTS-040 prior to final publication.

Please review the proposed amended WMTS and submit your comment via Consultation Hub.

Consultation Hub link https://consultation.abcb.gov.au/engagement/wmts-040-2020-round-3-public-consultation

Please ensure that you notify any of your Licence holders who may be impacted by this new specification. Also note that responses will be published, where consent has been given, once the consultation period has closed. The ABCB Office will endeavour to review and publish responses within 10 business days. You will be able to view responses through the Consultation Hub.

WaterMark Complement to AS 4775 – Public Comment

See the following from the ABCB


REQUEST FOR COMMENT – SPECIFICATION DEVELOPMENT

Dear WMCABs’ and JAS-ANZ,

WaterMark Complement to AS 4775

Title: WaterMark Technical Requirements for Certification – Emergency shower, eyewash and eye/face wash equipment

Type of project: New Publication – Public Consultation

Comment closing date: September 02 2020 23:59

Please review the proposed Complement and submit your comment via Consultation Hub.

Consultation Hub link https://consultation.abcb.gov.au/engagement/watermark-complement-to-as-4775

Please ensure that you notify any of your Licence holders who may be impacted by this amended specification. Also note that responses will be published, where consent has been given, once the consultation period has closed. The ABCB Office will endeavour to review and publish responses within 10 business days. You will be able to view responses through the Consultation Hub.

WMTS:530 Water meters with integral shut off valve

See the following from the ABCB


REQUEST FOR COMMENT – SPECIFICATION DEVELOPMENT

Dear WMCABs’ and JAS-ANZ,

WMTS number: WMTS-530

Title: Water meters with integral shut off valve

Type of project: New Publication – Public Consultation

Comment closing date: September 09 2020 23:59

Please review the proposed new WMTS and submit your comment via Consultation Hub.

Consultation Hub link https://consultation.abcb.gov.au/engagement/wmts-530-2020-public-consultation-draft

Please ensure that you notify any of your Licence holders who may be impacted by this new specification. Also note that responses will be published, where consent has been given, once the consultation period has closed. The ABCB Office will endeavour to review and publish responses within 10 business days. You will be able to view responses through the Consultation Hub.