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/

ACCC Alert – COVID-19: Supplying and installing bidet products

See below notice from the ABCB.

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has seen an increase in the purchase by those performing do it yourself tasks, of plumbing products such as toilet seat bidet douches, handheld bidet sprays and trigger sprays, and other bidet type products that are connected to toilet water supplies.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has just published an alert, COVID-19: Supplying and installing bidet products on the Product Safety Australia website: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/news/covid-19-supplying-and-installing-bidet-products.

The ACCC has prepared the alert for suppliers and consumers in consultation with the ABCB.

The key message of the communique is that the installation of bidet products connected to the drinking water supply must be undertaken by a licensed plumber and hold WaterMark certification. The alert will also be posted on the ABCB website.

If you have any questions, please direct them to me.

Kind regards

Anne-Maree Campbell
Director – WaterMark NCC Management and Product Certification
Australian Building Codes Board

2020 Audits – COVID-19 Update – Important Notice


CMI has received provisional approval from JAS-ANZ to remotely undertake audits that are currently affected by travel restrictions and lockdowns not only in Australia but on a global basis due to the COVID-19 Virus.

CMI will be undertaking these remote audits using the IAF mandatory standard MD 4:2018 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Auditing/Assessment Purposes.

CMI will be contacting clients who have upcoming 2020 audits to organise your remote ICT audit.

CMI is seeking our client’s assistance in facilitating this ICT remote audit when we contact you. This will ensure that we can complete your 2020 audit within the required regulatory time frames so that we do not have to place your certification in suspension due to it not being completed.

There would be limited grounds to request a postponement of this ICT audit such as:

  • The manufacturing facility being audited has suspended/stood down all production and has temporarily shut down.
  • The client’s certification staff have been temporarily suspended/stood down and the client is not operating.

In such cases, can you please advise CMI of such situations and an expected resumption date if known. This information is important as CMI may need to place a client’s certification into suspension in such cases during this period. Once the manufacturing facility and client’s certification staff have returned to normal operations, CMI will not be able to lift the suspension until the required ICT audit or actual onsite audit are completed.

ICT remote audits are a positive way for a client to maintain their product certification without the need for an actual onsite audit being carried out due to the impact of the COVID-19 Virus.
Where onsite audits can still occur normally, CMI will also be contacting our clients to organise these onsite audits.

If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact CMI at: surveillance@certmark.org
CMI remain committed to offering the best possible service to our clients and remain positive in our outlook for the future.


WaterMark: Adoption of AS/NZS 2280:2020

Please note the following applicable specification has been adopted into the WaterMark Certification Scheme:

Adopted applicable specification Replacing
AS/NZS 2280:2020 – Ductile iron pipes and fittingsAS/NZS 2280:2014 – Ductile iron pipes and fittings

The adopted applicable specification has been listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will be referenced in the next publication of the WaterMark Schedule of Products.

As per 8.7.2 of the WaterMark Manual. The following will need to be undertaken to maintain compliance.
8.7.2 –
When there has been a change in the applicable specification, the Approved Certifier shall advise the Approved User of this change. It is the Approved User’s responsibility to renew certification of their product and ensure that products are manufactured to comply with all amendments to the applicable specifications referred to in the WMSP (WaterMark Schedule of Products). Modifications shall be completed within a period of 12 months from the date of listing of the applicable specification on the WMSP. This period may be extended in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Administering Body.

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 preview released

Please See the following Statement from the ABCB regarding the up coming NCC amendment.

Access the preview of the out-of-cycle amendment for NCC 2019.

In preparation for the expected adoption of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Amendment 1 by all States and Territories from 1 July 2020, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a preview of the Amendment.

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 will include:

  • a new provision in NCC Volume One regarding egress from early childhood centres;
  • an update to the Governing Requirements for all Volumes to require labelling of aluminium composite panels in accordance with SA Technical Specification 5344;
  • clarification of the concession in NCC Volume One that permits the use of timber framing for low-rise Class 2 and 3 buildings;
  • clarification in NCC Volume Two that anti-ponding board requirements only apply to roofs where sarking is installed; and
  • correction of minor errors.

In addition to the above, the NCC 2019 Amendment 1 preview also contains the following proposed changes that are yet to be confirmed:

  • 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 quality of, and documentation for, Performance Solutions.

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 can be viewed or downloaded from the NCC Suite, or you can download the summary and instructions for all Volumes from the ABCB Resource Library.

Important Notice – AS/NZS 4130 Polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applications – January 2020 (update)

This is a follow up to post https://certmark.org/articles/2020/03/important-notice-as-nzs-4130-polyethylene-pe-pipes-for-pressure-applications-january-2020/

The WSAA Codes and Appraisals Group have met and included within their Agenda was a joint meeting with Mark Heathcote from PIPA to discuss the status and feedback relating to the recently introduced WSAA specification amendments to BRT procedures for AS/NZS 4130 PE pipe production. 

The outcome was that WSAA’s specifications were amended to extend the maximum frequency for OIT testing from 12 hours to 24 hours.

The revised Clause in WS PS 207 and WS PS 215 is now:

Clause 2 (c)

The manufacturer’s quality plan shall include within their  batch release test procedures a thermal stability test to ISO 11357-6 to be completed on a sample taken from the inside surface of the first pipe manufactured in a batch of a particular DN and PN and at an ongoing frequency not exceeding 24 hours of production for that pipe batch or when a new raw material compound is introduced.

Updated versions of the specifications can be accessed at: https://www.wsaa.asn.au/shop/product/35716    

WaterMark: Adoption of AS 3498:2020

Please note the following applicable specification has been adopted into the WaterMark Certification Scheme:

Adopted applicable specification Replacing
AS 3498:2020 – Safety and public health requirements for plumbing products – Water heaters and hot-water storage tanksAS 3498:2009 – Authorization requirements for plumbing products – Water heaters and hot-water storage tanks

The adopted applicable specification has been listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will be referenced in the next publication of the WaterMark Schedule of Products.

As per 8.7.2 of the WaterMark Manual. The following will need to be undertaken to maintain compliance.
8.7.2 –
When there has been a change in the applicable specification, the Approved Certifier shall advise the Approved User of this change. It is the Approved User’s responsibility to renew certification of their product and ensure that products are manufactured to comply with all amendments to the applicable specifications referred to in the WMSP (WaterMark Schedule of Products). Modifications shall be completed within a period of 12 months from the date of listing of the applicable specification on the WMSP. This period may be extended in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Administering Body.

WaterMark: Adoption of AS/NZS 4129:2020

Please note the following applicable specification has been adopted into the WaterMark Certification Scheme:

Adopted applicable specification Replacing
AS/NZS 4129:2020 – Fittings for polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applicationsAS/NZS 4129:2008 – Fittings for polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applications

The adopted applicable specification has been listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will be referenced in the next publication of the WaterMark Schedule of Products.

As per 8.7.2 of the WaterMark Manual. The following will need to be undertaken to maintain compliance.
8.7.2 –
When there has been a change in the applicable specification, the Approved Certifier shall advise the Approved User of this change. It is the Approved User’s responsibility to renew certification of their product and ensure that products are manufactured to comply with all amendments to the applicable specifications referred to in the WMSP (WaterMark Schedule of Products). Modifications shall be completed within a period of 12 months from the date of listing of the applicable specification on the WMSP. This period may be extended in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Administering Body.