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Standards Australia update: September 2017

Written by Ron Pulido Standards Australia 21/09/2017
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The following provides information on recent publications for Building and Construction and Water and Waste services.

Building and Construction

New edition of Automatic fire sprinkler systems, Part 1: General systems

AS 2118.1 specifies requirements for the design, installation and commissioning of automatic fire sprinkler systems in buildings and provides for occupancy classification. The standard was revised to reflect recent advances in technology and to refine the clarity and conciseness of the content.

Key changes to AS 2118.1 include:

  1. New provisions for redundant water supply criteria with more relevant criteria.
  2. Expanded the scope to allow for the application of a broader range of commonly used sprinkler system products.
  3. Provided clarity in clauses to simplify the application of the document.
  4. Provided cost effective alternatives to certain requirements to align with overseas standards. References to other standards and third party documents reviewed for consistency.
  5. Changed thresholds for sprinklers on balconies - the new standard now applies to “all covered balconies that are greater than 2 m deep or more than 6 m2 in total area.”

The ABCB has agreed the following published standards are suitable for referencing in the 2019 edition of the NCC.

AS 2047:2014/Amendment 2:2017, Windows and external glazed doors in buildings

In the recent work program that has been published for the AS 4420 series, the test standards have been amalgamated into a single joint publication, AS/NZS 4420.1:2016. This amendment to AS 2047 was to ensure that the reference to the test methods were accurate.

AS/NZS 4200.1:2017, Pliable building membranes and underlays, Part 1: Materials

The main changes include a definition for non-conformance for a material property, a classification for materials that are electrically conductive, a new Duty Classification name for Light Wall, the re-classification of the vapour barrier properties into categories to account for the full spectrum of products and the modification of product roll label requirements to accommodate changes in this edition.

AS 4200.2:2017, Pliable building membranes and underlays, Part 2: Installation

The main changes includes the installation of new materials and the additional functions such as thermal, vapour control, or as an air barrier together with retaining the requirements for existing materials. The document has now changed from a joint AS/NZ standard (currently referenced) to an AS only standard (soon to be referenced).

AS 4586:2013/Amendment 1:2017, Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials

The main change was to amend the test procedure to align with international practice.

Water and Waste services

AS/NZS 3500.2 Amendment 1:2017, Plumbing and drainage, Part 2: Sanitary plumbing and drainage

The amendment removed references to oblique and sweep junctions and replaced them with the degree of angle to ensure consistency in interpretation. The limit junction angle of entry has also been amended to not exceed 60 degrees. This change means future installations will have a reduced risk of waste stranding and blockages caused by waste stranding, thus reducing the need for blockage clearing imposing additional costs.

Developing or Revising Standards

Anyone can submit a proposal to develop a new standard or revise an existing one. Proposals should be submitted during a round of Project Prioritisation. Proposals can be submitted at any time for identical adoptions of international standards.

For details in relation to the proposal process and Standards Australia technical committees, please visit the Standards Australia website for contact details and further information.

5 steps towards a simpler, faster, better committee experience

Standards Australia’s business transformation program is continuing at pace. We are committed to continuing to make Australian life better through the development and adoption of standards that make a positive difference. For us, this starts with the contributor experience and making contributing to our work simpler, faster and better.

In August 2017, Standards Australia announced the launch of five initiatives to improve the committee member experience. This included a range of initiatives that will make a positive difference to the contributor experience immediately through:

  • a digital training academy for committee members;
  • a new digital repository that will give committee members instant access to the standards and other documents they need to be able to contribute
  • improving web and video conferencing capabilities to make it easier and better to contribute to standards development processes digitally;
  • significant improvements to the templates and tools used to develop Australian Standards which will see contributors focused on content, not formatting; and
  • opening a new collaboration space in Sydney.

These are substantial steps forward for the contributor experience today. Standard Australia’s forward plan is equally focused on the contributor experience, so stay tuned for further updates.

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