Other Consultation Documents

In addition to the annual NCC Public Comment Drafts and the Consultation Regulation Impact Statements (RIS), the ABCB consults on other documents from time to time.

Plumbing Code Development Research

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is currently undertaking preliminary research in a number of plumbing areas:

  • Backflow prevention: a review of the current Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) Deemed-to-Satisfy and other requirements for backflow prevention;
  • Rainwater harvesting and re-use: a survey of existing literature and current practices to assess potential for a national approach;
  • Fixture unit ratings review: a review of fixture unit ratings for the purposes of system design; and
  • Warm water systems: a review of draft material for the design, installation and maintenance of warm water systems.

Interested parties are invited to send their comments by the due dates identified below via email to: ncc@abcb.gov.au (include 'Warm Water' or 'Fixture Units' in the subject line).

Should you require your response (or part thereof) to be considered confidential, please mark the applicable part/s accordingly.

Plumbing Code Development Research Report: Backflow Prevention Consultation Paper 2015
Published: 30 June 2015
Plumbing Code Development Research Report: Rainwater Harvesting and Re-use Consultation Paper
Published: 30 June 2015

Expanding the National Construction Code to include on-site Gasfitting

The ABCB is considering whether the technical requirements for on-site gasfitting should be regulated under the National Construction Code (NCC). To do so would achieve one step further along the path to regulate all on-site construction activity under the NCC, and contribute to the objective of a seamless national economy as determined by the Council of Australian Governments.

Interested parties are encouraged to comment on this matter. Two documents are provided below to assist interested parties in formulating their views. First, the rationale for including on-site gasfitting in the NCC is assessed in Expanding the National Construction Code to include on-site Gasfitting. Second, details of the scoping of on-site gasfitting and how it could be included in the NCC is presented in Scope for a future on-site Gasfitting Code of Australia.

Interested parties are invited to send their comments to abcbris@iinet.net.au by 30 September 2015.

Expanding the National Construction Code to include on-site Gasfitting
Published: 14 July 2015
Scope for a future on-site Gasfitting Code of Australia
Published: 14 July 2015

Archived documents

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ABCB Directions Report on Egress for All Occupants
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Published: 09 September 2013
Protocol for Structural Software
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NCC 2012 STRUCTURAL SOFTWARE PROTOCOL DRAFT – AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT

The draft Structural Software Protocol for the 2012 edition of the National Construction Code Volume One & Two - Building Code of Australia have been placed on the ABCB website for public comment and to give BCA users advance notice of this new referenced document that may take effect from 1 May 2012.
This protocol is intended to define the minimum requirements that structural software must have to be suitable for designing in compliance with the Structural Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of the NCC.

It should be noted that the inclusion of a proposal in the public comment draft does not mean that the proposal is supported by the ABCB or its committees. Comments are sought on the draft Structural Software Protocol.

The period for comment on the Protocol closed on Monday 1 August 2011. Given the ABCB's commitment to making NCC 2012 available as early as possible to enable industry to prepare for the changes, comments made after this date will not be considered.

Published: 12 October 2011
Review of Proposed Measures to Reduce Heated Water Wastage
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This report establishes typical water and energy losses that occur in the water heating installations of new and upgraded buildings, from the interaction of the plumbing layout and user behaviour. The report also explores the impacts of several options to reduce both water and energy losses, including:

• Limiting the volume of the water in hot water supply pipes;
• Installing a secondary water heater to serve supply points that exceed this limit; and
• Providing a means of recirculating or storing sub-temperature heated water.

Comments were sought on the findings of this report to assist the ABCB in considering this matter. The closing date for comment was 24 September, 2012.

Please note that the findings of this report do not necessarily reflect the views of the ABCB or its committees.
Published: 25 September 2012
Impact of Male Sanitary Systems Non Flushing (Waterless) Urinals on the Plumbing System
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This report investigates the effect non flushing urinals are having on gravity sanitary pipework and fittings.

Prepared in consultation with representatives of the plumbing industry, facility managers, hydraulic design engineers and manufacturers of non flushing urinals, this report investigates the links between blockages caused by struvite build up and corrosion of copper piping caused by undiluted discharges in non flushing urinals. This report also identifies suggested solutions.

Comments were sought on the findings of this report to assist the ABCB in considering this matter. The closing date for comment was 10 October, 2012.

Please note that the findings of this report do not necessarily reflect the views of the ABCB or its committees.
Published: 12 October 2012
Plumbing Code Development Research Report: Backflow Prevention Consultation Paper 2015
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Published: 30 June 2015
Plumbing Code Development Research Report: Rainwater Harvesting and Re-use Consultation Paper
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Published: 30 June 2015

Updated: 01 September 2015