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Standards Australia update: May 2017

Written by Ron Pulido Standards Australia 16/05/2017
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Standards Australia is the nation’s peak non-government standards organisation with a long lasting commitment to the development of standards in Building and Construction, and the Water and Waste services sector.

Below is an update on the latest developments within these sectors.

Developing Standards

Standards Australia welcomes proposals to amend, revise or develop new Australian Standards. The second round of submissions (round 15 Project Prioritisation) is open from Wednesday, 9 August to Wednesday, 6 September 2017.

Advancements in the digital built environment

As a member of the Australasian BIM Advisory Board Initiation Committee, Standards Australia is proud to support productivity of the digital built environment and provide standards engagement and development support.

Standards Australia hosted the launch of the BIM Knowledge and Skills Framework on behalf of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council and Australian Construction Industry Forum on 7 March 2017. This Strategic Forum brought together key stakeholders from the Australasian building and construction industry.

AS ISO 16739:2017, Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries

Standards Australia published AS ISO 16739:2017, IFC for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries.

This International Standard establishes a data schema and an exchange file format for Building Information Modelling (BIM) data. It is intended for use in architecture, engineering, construction and operation industries.

Plumbing Standards AS/NZS 3500 series update

The drafting for the revision of the AS/NZS 3500 series aims to be released for public comment in the next few months.

It should be noted that since these projects are still in the drafting phase these changes are subject to agreement within the Committee, and to compliance with the NCC protocol for the development of NCC Referenced Documents.

Everyone has the chance to review a draft and its proposed changes in the public comment phase. All input received is reviewed by the relevant Standards Australia technical committee.

If you wish to provide comment on a draft standard or visit the list of standards currently open to the public, please visit the Public Comment portal.

Working towards NCC 2022

Don’t wait, start planning early and engage with stakeholders and Standards Australia.

To ensure a project involving the AS/NZS 3500 series is considered for NCC 2022, proponents must be strategic with project proposal submissions to align with the NCC three year amendment cycle. The list below describes the key dates for AS/NZS 3500 series and NCC 2022.

  • Proposal cut-off for NCC 2022: September 2019.
  • Drafting cut-off for AS/NZS 3500 revision project: June 2020.
  • AS/NZS 3500 Public Comment Period: July 2020 – September 2020.
  • Ready for publication by Standards Australia and submitted for ABCB adoption: 1 May 2021.
  • ABCB releases NCC 2019 Preview: February 2022.
  • NCC 2022 is adopted: 1 May 2022.

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