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.

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 is now in effect!

Please see the following statement from the ABCB

From today, 1 July 2020, the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Amendment 1 has been adopted.

This means the amendment is now given legal effect by relevant legislation in each State and Territory.

Key changes

The key changes for NCC 2019 Amendment 1 include:

  • A new provision, A2.2(4), in the Governing Requirements to require (from 1 July 2021) that a process be followed when creating and documenting Performance Solutions.
  • A new provision, A5.7, in the Governing Requirements to require labelling of Aluminum Composite Panels.
  • A new provision in Volume One, D1.18, regarding egress from early childhood centres.
  • Clarification amendments in Specification C1.1 of Volume One regarding concessions that permit the use of timber framing for low-rise Class 2 and 3 buildings.
  • Amendment to 3.5.2.5 in Volume Two to clarify that anti-ponding boards are not required in roofs where sarking is not installed.
  • Correction of minor errors.

You can ‘view’ or ‘download’ NCC 2019 Amendment 1 from the NCC Suite.

Please note: the adopted version of NCC 2019 Amendment 1 differs from and replaces the preview made available on our website earlier this year. Therefore, the preview should no longer be used.

Transition period

The process for documenting Performance Solutions set out in A2.2(4) of NCC 2019 Amendment 1 will not come into effect until 1 July 2021. It should be noted, however, that appropriate documentation for Performance Solutions should be occurring now, and that the process outlined in Amendment 1 can be used to achieve this outcome.

Supporting materials

You can download the Summary and Instructions for each NCC volume from our Resource Library to assist with identifying the changes.

To support the process for documenting Performance Solutions, we have updated our Development of Performance Solutions guidance document.

Staying Informed

Ensure that you have updated your profile, including your ‘Areas of Interest’, to stay up to date with key announcements, resource releases and important information.

The next edition of the NCC is scheduled for adoption in 2022.

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 proposed changes update

Please see the following statement from the ABCB

Decisions have been made on the inclusion of the definition of building complexity and the process for documenting Performance Solutions.

The preview of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Amendment 1 noted that two proposed changes were still to be confirmed. These were:

  • a new defined term, building complexity, that may be used in the future to identify buildings for which additional oversight is appropriate; and
  • a new provision to require that a process be followed to improve the documentation for Performance Solutions.

At recent meetings of the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) and the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), the status of the proposed changes has been determined. The outcomes are outlined below.

Definition for building complexity

The defined term ‘building complexity’ will not be included in NCC 2019 Amendment 1.

The BMF has determined that the ABCB publish the definition for building complexity on its website. A consultation period will be open for a six-months, during which time further work will be undertaken by the ABCB on the related regulatory interventions, in consultation with states, territories and industry stakeholders.

A copy of the Exposure Draft can be downloaded and any comments provided via the ABCB website.

Process for the documentation of Performance Solutions The Board has agreed to include the new provision for the process to document Performance Solutions in NCC 2019 Amendment 1. A copy of the Final Regulation Impact Statement can be downloaded from the Resource Library.

The Board also determined that the process for documenting Performance Solutions set out in NCC 2019 Amendment 1 not come into effect until 1 July 2021. It should be noted, however, that appropriate documentation for Performance Solutions should be occurring now and that the process outlined in Amendment 1 can be used for this purpose.

Adoption of NCC 2019 Amendment 1

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 will be adopted by the States and Territories from 1 July 2020.

The ABCB will not be issuing an updated preview of NCC 2019 Amendment 1. The final version will be available, via the NCC Suite, from 1 July 2020.

NCC Energy efficiency transition period ends today!

See below message from the ABCB

NCC 2019 energy efficiency requirements are no longer voluntary.

In 2019, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) agreed to significant changes to the energy efficiency requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC), including a 12 month transition period during which either these or the 2016 provisions could be applied. The changes affect all buildings, but are particularly significant for commercial buildings.

Noting that individual states and territories may apply the provisions differently and in some cases delay their introduction, from 1 May 2020, practitioners will be required to use only the NCC 2019 provisions. The new requirements, particularly for commercial buildings, mark a shift in how energy efficiency is considered as part of the process of design and construction.

It is imperative that these new energy efficiency requirements are well understood by all those involved in designing and constructing new and refurbished buildings to ensure that buildings perform better and use less energy.

Please note: The application of the new energy efficiency provisions may be treated differently by the States and Territories. If you are unsure, please contact your local Building Administration to confirm how they apply in your jurisdiction.

Resources to support you

To assist in understanding the new and updated energy efficiency provisions, the ABCB has released a number of supporting resources:

You can access more resources or find out what is expected to be released soon from the energy efficiency initiative.

Need support or assistance?

If you need help or assistance with understanding or implementing the NCC 2019 provisions, we recommend you can contact your member association.

https://ncc.abcb.gov.au/ncc-online/