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  • WMTS-040 | Public Comment Draft Round 1

    Technical Specification for the WaterMark Certification Scheme This Technical Specification sets out requirements for metallic and plastics bodied waste pipe outlets and gratings, separate or integral, for sanitary plumbing applications. The objective of this revision is to... More
    Opened 6 July 2021
  • Discussion paper: Involvement of fire authorities in building design

    The Building Confidence Report (BCR), published in 2018, identified issues with the regulatory oversight of the construction of Class 2 - 9 buildings in Australia. It noted that fire authorities lack confidence that buildings will comply with the minimum fire safety requirements of the... More
    Opened 9 June 2021
  • Evidence of experience for building surveyor registration

    In 2017, Building Ministers commissioned an independent expert examination of systemic problems affecting compliance with the National Construction Code (NCC). The resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) made 24 recommendations for a best practice model for... More
    Opened 24 May 2021
  • WMTS-532 Pre-packaged wastewater pumping wells

    For Public Comment Technical Specification for the WaterMark Certification Scheme This new WaterMark technical specification sets out requirements for pre-packaged wastewater pumping wells to convey wastewater from multiple fixtures from a single dwelling to the gravity sewer invert... More
    Opened 12 May 2021
  • National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 public comment draft (stage 1)

    Please note The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) wishes to advise that consultation on stage 1 of National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 public comment draft (PCD) has now been extended until 11:59 PM AEST Sunday 11 July. The ABCB is cognisant of the on-going impact on... More
    Opened 10 May 2021
  • Special Public Comment - DR AS/NZS 3500.2:2021 Plumbing and drainage, Part 2: Sanitary plumbing and drainage

    Standards Australia WS-014 Committee has released a draft of AS/NZS 3500.2:2021 for third round comment on one particular clause. The draft will be for Combined Procedure (Ballot and PC Round 3 to run concurrently) for 2 weeks Comment will only be invited on the reinstatement... More
    Opened 12 April 2021
  • Discussion paper: Draft National Building Product Assurance Framework - A Response to the Building Confidence Report

    In 2017, Building Ministers commissioned an independent expert examination of systemic problems affecting compliance with the National Construction Code(NCC). The resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) made 24 recommendations for a best practice model for compliance and... More
    Opened 29 March 2021
  • Discussion paper: Building Manuals - A Response to the Building Confidence Report

    The Building Confidence Report (BCR), published in 2018, identified issues with the regulatory oversight of the construction of Class 2 - 9 buildings in Australia. It noted that owners of Class 2 - 9 buildings do not always receive complete information about their buildings, which affects their... More
    Opened 9 March 2021
  • Discussion Paper: Integrity of private building surveyors and their role in enforcement - a response to the Building Confidence Report

    In 2017, Building Minsters authorised an assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. The resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) made 24 recommendations for a best... More
    Opened 2 March 2021
  • Discussion paper: Mandatory Inspections - A response to the Building Confidence Report

    Building Ministers authorised an assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. The resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) notes that there are significant differences across jurisdictions in the number of... More
    Opened 7 December 2020
  • Consultation RIS: Lead in plumbing products in contact with drinking water

    A small amount of lead is currently used in the manufacture of some plumbing products and is permitted by Australian Standards. The exact lead content of products varies by component, although some products in contact with drinking water contain up to 6% lead as a proportion of raw... More
    Opened 7 December 2020
  • Discussion paper: Independent Third Party Review - A response to the Building Confidence Report

    In 2017, Building Ministers authorised an assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. The resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) noted that building surveyors are not always competent to review and... More
    Opened 7 December 2020
  • Discussion paper: Building Design Acceptance - A response to the Building Confidence Report

    In 2017, Building Minsters authorised an assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. Amongst other recommendations t he resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) recommended that there be a statutory duty... More
    Opened 16 November 2020
  • Auditing and Compliance Publication Framework

    The Building Confidence Report (BCR), published in 2018, identified there were regulatory and compliance deficiencies in the regulatory oversight of the construction of commercial buildings in Australia. Note the BCR defined commercial buildings as Class 2 – 9 buildings and we have continued... More
    Opened 9 November 2020
  • WMTS:051-2020 Bidet douche seats

    For Public Comment Technical Specification for the WaterMark Certification Scheme WaterMark Technical Specification WMTS-051:2020 Technical Specification for plumbing and drainage products, Bidet douche seats, incorporates amendments to the labelling and marking requirements for... More
    Opened 7 October 2020
  • WMTS-522:2020

    For Public Comment Technical Specification for the WaterMark Certification Scheme WMTS-522:2020,incorporates amendments to allow an addition of similar products of alternate design to obtain certification. The amendments have also aligned with requirements of existing... More
    Opened 2 September 2020
  • WMTS:101-2020 Appliances (low hazard rating)

    For Public Comment Technical Specification for the WaterMark Certification Scheme The proposed amendments to WaterMark Technical Specification, WMTS-101:2020 Technical Specification for plumbing and drainage products, Appliances (low hazard rating), include amendments to Clause... More
    Opened 2 September 2020
  • WaterMark Complement to AS 4775

    For Public Comment Complement for the WaterMark Certification Scheme This WaterMark Complement is for use under the WaterMark Certification Scheme and is to be used in addition to the requirements of AS 4775 Emergency eyewash and shower equipment. This WaterMark Complement... More
    Opened 9 July 2020
  • WMTS:530 - Water meters with integral shut off valve

    For Public Comment Technical Specification for the WaterMark Certification Scheme This Technical Specification sets out requirements for water meters with integral shut off valve for installation into existing property service valves. The meters covered by this Technical... More
    Opened 9 July 2020
  • WMTS:040-2020 (Round 3) Public Consultation

    For Public Comment Technical Specification for the WaterMark Certification Scheme 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... More
    Opened 9 July 2020
  • Consultation RIS: Proposal to include minimum accessibility standards for housing in the NCC

    Ways to provide your feedback You can provide your feedback on the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) by either: Completing the online consultation form and answering the questions outlined within, or by uploading a separate submission via Question 36 (within the... More
    Opened 6 July 2020
  • Reporting on the auditing of commercial buildings

    The Building Confidence Report (BCR), published in 2018, identified there were regulatory and compliance deficiencies in the regulatory oversight of the construction of commercial buildings (Class 2 – 9 buildings) in Australia. Recommendation 7 of the BCR is: That each jurisdiction makes... More
    Opened 30 June 2020
  • Discussion paper: National Registration Framework for Building Practitioners

    The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) authorised an assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. The resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) highlighted shortcomings in the implementation of the National... More
    Opened 26 June 2020
  • WMTS-528 - Plate heat exchangers | Public Comment (Round 2)

    For Public Comment Technical Specification for the WaterMark Certification Scheme This proposed new Technical Specification, WMTS-528 Plate heat exchangers, sets out requirements for plate heat exchangers which are used in heated water supply systems. These heat exchangers may be... More
    Opened 23 June 2020
  • Definition for building complexity

    The defined term for 'Building complexity' has been developed in response to a decision of the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) that a definition be prepared regarding the design, construction and certification of complex buildings. This work has been undertaken by the Building Confidence... More
    Opened 22 May 2020
  • Discussion paper: Model Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors

    Recommendation 10 of the Building Confidence Report (BCR) by Peter Shergold and Bronwyn Weir recommended the establishment of a nationally consistent code of conduct for Building Surveyors. The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has agreed to the release of a draft Model Code of... More
    Opened 13 March 2020
  • Consultation RIS: Process for the development of Performance Solutions

    In September 2019 the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) sought views from stakeholders on how Performance Solutions are currently prepared and if they are consistent with the intent and objectives of the National Construction Code (NCC). The feedback from this survey has been used to... More
    Opened 24 February 2020
  • NCC 2019 Section J Stakeholder Survey

    In 2018, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) consulted with industry on changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 for the Section J energy efficiency requirements of commercial buildings. Through the public comment period the ABCB tested a number of communication tools and... More
    Opened 10 February 2020
  • ABCB website user experience

    The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) website is an effective tool in enabling communication, facilitating engagement and consultation activities, and sharing industry information. It also acts as an access channel to the National Construction Code (NCC), the WaterMark and CodeMark Australia... More
    Opened 29 January 2020
  • WMTS:037.1 - Flow controllers – For controlling flows in cold or heated water systems

    For Public Comment Technical Specification for the WaterMark Certification Scheme The proposed amendments to Technical Specification, WMTS-037 Flow controllers – For controlling flows in cold or heated water systems, include amendments to Clause 9.1 scaling factor as determined... More
    Opened 21 November 2019
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