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Standards Australia update: September 2018

Written by Alison Scotland Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager 24/09/2018
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With hundreds of standards included, the technical committees of Standards Australia are working tirelessly to provide support for the building sector in increased safety and efficiency.

The National Construction Code (NCC) has now shifted to a three year amendment cycle, but the work to ensure standards are supporting the NCC is an ongoing process. As a part of this, a number of new and amended standards have been developed which are intended for referencing in the next edition of the NCC that will be adopted in May 2019. 

Amendments to existing references intended for NCC 2019

  • AS/NZS 1170.2:2011, Structural design actions - Wind actions (Amdt 4 & 5)
  • AS/NZS 1170.3:2003, Structural design actions - Snow and ice actions (Amdt 2)
  • AS 1170.4, Structural design actions—Part 4: Earthquake actions in Australia (Amdt 2)
  • AS 1288, Glass in buildings - Selection and installation (Amdt 3)
  • AS 1428.1:2009, Design for access and mobility - General requirements for access - New building work (Amdt 2)
  • AS 1668.2:2018, The use of ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings - Mechanical ventilation in buildings (Amdt 2)
  • AS 1905.1:2015, Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant walls - Fire-resistant door sets (Amdt 1)
  • AS 2047: 2014, Windows and external glazed doors in buildings (Amdt 1 & 2)
  • AS 3660.1:2014, Termite management Part 1: New building work
  • AS 4586:2013, Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials (Amdt 1)
  • AS 4773.1:2015, Masonry in small buildings (Amdt 1)
  • AS 5113: 2016, Classification of external walls of buildings based on reaction to fire performance (previously known as Fire propagation testing and classification of external walls of buildings) (Amdt 1)

Revisions to existing references intended for NCC 2019

  • AS 1562.1:2018, Design and installation of metal roof and wall cladding—Part 1: Metal
  • AS 1657:2018, Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders—Design, construction and installation
  • AS 1859.4:2018, Reconstituted wood-based panels—Specifications, Part 4: Wet-processed fibreboard
  • AS/NZS 2293.1:2018, Emergency lighting and exit signs for buildings—Part 1: Systems design, installation and operation
  • AS/NZS 2327:2017, Composite structures composite steel - concrete construction in buildings
  • AS/NZS 2918:2018, Domestic solid-fuel burning appliances—Installation
  • AS 3600:2018, Concrete structures.
  • AS/NZS 4200.1:2017, Pliable building membranes and underlays – Materials
  • AS/NZS 4600:2018, Cold-formed steel structures.
  • AS/NZS 3500.1:2018, Plumbing and Drainage – Water Services
  • AS/NZS 3500.2:2018, Plumbing and Drainage – Sanitary plumbing and drainage
  • AS/NZS 3500.3:2018, Plumbing and Drainage – Storm Water Drainage
  • AS/NZS 3500.4:2018, Plumbing and Drainage – Heated Water Services (Including Amdt 1)

New reference documents intended for NCC 2019

  • AS 4200.2:2017, Pliable building membranes and underlays—Part 2: Installation (Including Amdt 1)

Concrete structures standard gets a redesign

The AS 3600:2018 Concrete structures standard sets out minimum requirements for the design and construction of concrete buildings structures and members that contain reinforcing steel or tendons, or both. It also sets out minimum requirements for plain concrete pedestals and footings.

Among the key updates for this revised edition is the inclusion of concrete performance during an earthquake. This has become the subject of a section of the standard as opposed to it being an appendix as in previous editions.

The section on earthquakes has been informed by lessons learnt from the devastating 2011 Christchurch events as well as leading research in this field.

“The use of concrete covered by this revised standard is the technology that supports our homes, offices, and car-parks,” said Mr Jim Forbes, Chair of the Technical Committee responsible for the standard. “The inclusion of steel fibre reinforced concrete, new formulae around shrinkage and creep, a section on diaphragms, and a renewed focus on fatigue are examples of the lengths the committee has gone to in ensuring this document is as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible.”

AS 3600:2018, Concrete structures has been published to align with the new three year cycle of the NCC. The revised standard is intended to be a primary referenced document in NCC 2019.

Strong outlook for steel in the sector

 The steel used to construct fences, lighting poles, steel framed houses and shelves in major retailers is the focus of a revised standard backed by Australian research and the latest technology.

AS/NZS 4600:2018, Cold-formed steel structures was published following extensive consultation with stakeholders across Australia and New Zealand. This revised standard is also intended to become a primary referenced document in NCC 2019.

World-leading research undertaken by Australian experts features prominently in this standard. There is also a brand new section on fire design providing specifications for the use of steel in mitigating the impact of fires.

Plan ahead for NCC 2022

As the three year amendment cycle for the NCC is now in full effect, there is a greater need than ever to plan ahead for documents intended to be referenced in the NCC solution.
Standards Australia is encouraging proposals affecting standards proposed to be referenced in NCC 2022 to be submitted as soon as possible. Speak early with Standards Australia’s Stakeholder Engagement team to learn about how to submit the best possible proposal.

For those interested in plumbing, Standards Australia has extended the deadline for submission of proposals for the AS/NZS 3500 series to be referenced in NCC 2022. Proposals will be accepted until the end of October 2018, with a view to commencing work on the consolidated revisions in early 2019.

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