Codes, Standards & Regulations
  • Plumber caught using lead solder 2 June 2017

    The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has issued a warning to property owners after a Queensland plumber was caught using lead solder on water pipes. Southeast Queenslanders who have had work done by plumbing-electrical contractor Brett George Hogan (occupational ... Continue Reading

  • Spec: a four-letter word 20 April 2017

    The following article was originally presented nearly 40 years ago at the 1978 American Society of Plumbing Engineers Convention in New Orleans, USA. It has been modified to correct obsolete information and is presented here to reiterate the continued importance ... Continue Reading

  • ABCB publishes consultation RIS 27 March 2017

    The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has published a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for consultation titled ‘Application of Temperature Control Requirements for Heated Water’. The consultation RIS considers whether the current application of the requirements for temperature control when replacing ... Continue Reading

  • ASSE publishes scald awareness white paper 20 March 2017

    ASSE International has published its fourth scald awareness white paper, ‘Guidelines for Temperature Control Devices in Domestic Hot Water Systems’, which is now available for free download. The primary goal of the white paper is to address proper and ... Continue Reading

  • Australia adopts International Standard for BIM Data Sharing 15 March 2017

    Standards Australia recently published AS ISO 16739:2017 Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries, which is an identical adoption of the international standard ISO 16739. AS ISO 16739 establishes a data schema and ... Continue Reading

  • Pods from Pudong 16 January 2017

    With imports of non-compliant bathroom pods on the rise, it may be time to take another look at the regulations that apply to them. Plumbing Connection turned to IAPMO Oceana’s Glenn Tate to get his take on the subject. Pre-fabricated bathroom ... Continue Reading

  • What is the future for Standards’ development? 24 November 2016

    I took a call last week from a colleague who had recently seen a report in the financial press that the publicly listed SAI Global had accepted a take-over offer from Hong Kong based private equity firm, Baring Asia Private ... Continue Reading

  • Aussie ups jetter safety 22 November 2016

    In a key move to assist plumbers in complying with new safety standards for high pressure drain cleaning and jetting equipment Australian Pump have upgraded their popular range.  Effective as of September 2016 production all Aussie Cobra and King Cobra ... Continue Reading

  • Making sense of the regulation mind game 17 November 2016

    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

  • Standards review plumbing standards 10 December 2015

    Review of operating and engagement model commenced Commitment to conclude review by February 2016 Stakeholders are asked to provide comment by 18 December 2015 Following the transfer of responsibility for plumbing regulatory code development to the Australian Building Codes Board in 2011, Standards ... Continue Reading