Codes, Standards & Regulations
  • Registered builders and disciplinary matters 27 March 2018

    Some critical changes are happening in the field of building practitioner disciplinary matters. Paul Cott takes Plumbing Connection through the details.   The position in all states will be examined in this article but at present the bulk of the changes are ... Continue Reading

  • Solving a toxic problem 26 March 2018

    Hazardous solvents are regularly used in the plumbing industry yet can cause serious damage if handled incorrectly. Simeon Barut outlines some appropriate measures to minimise the risks. It’s no secret that when plumbing jobs need to be completed around a home, doing it ... Continue Reading

  • Going with the flow 23 March 2018

    WELS has had a significant impact on the plumbing supply sector, but is it enough to ensure ongoing compliance with standards? Terry Nguyen reports. The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme has been in operation for well over a decade ... Continue Reading

  • Plumbing regulations explained 26 February 2018

    The plumbing industry is highly regulated, and when you consider the detrimental effects that defective or shoddy plumbing work can have on society, it makes perfect sense. Traversing your way through the regulation mind game is no easy task though. ... Continue Reading

  • NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft open for feedback 12 February 2018

    The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has announced that the consultation period for proposed changes for the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 is now open. The NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft has a number of proposed changes that have resulted from major project ... Continue Reading

  • AS/NZS 3500 Series update 9 February 2018

    Standards Australia is the nation’s peak non-government standards organisation with a long lasting commitment to the development of Standards in the Water and Waste Services sector. Ron Pulido outlines what is happening in the market. The AS/NZS 3500 series of Standards ... Continue Reading

  • Australian manufacturer of pre-fabricated bathroom pods offers WaterMark certification on all products 7 February 2018

    The popularity of pre-fabricated bathroom pods is on the rise in multi-residential and commercial applications. And while offshore-built pods have caused concern within the industry, one Australian manufacturer is offering watermark certification on all its products. Prefab-AUS, the peak organisation for ... Continue Reading

  • WaterMark Point of Sale discussion paper released 25 January 2018

    By Jeff Patchell.  The ABCB has released a 28-page discussion paper that outlines the pros and cons for change in regards to regulation being aligned with Water Efficiency Labelling scheme (WELS)-type legislation. The plumbing industry has only been given 16 working days ... Continue Reading

  • Rules, what rules? Amazon puts itself above Australian law 11 January 2018

    Amazon Australia appears to be off to a rocky start with the Australian plumbing sector and the law of our land. Sure, it might have sales grunt but it doesn’t have the right to let its vendors illegally market product in ... Continue Reading

  • ABCB seeking comment on NCC 2019 10 August 2017

    The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has announced that it is seeking comment from stakeholders on the proposal to create a single set of governing requirements for the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019. This single set of requirements will include ... Continue Reading