Frequently Asked Questions
A Performance Solution, previously referred to as Alternative Solution, is a method of complying with the Performance Requirements other than by a Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution.
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Yes. However, if the product is listed in the WaterMark Schedule of products but has not been WaterMark certified, it is not authorised for use in a plumbing and drainage installation and may not be accepted by the State or Territory Authority having jurisdiction. In addition, a licensed plumber is not permitted to install these products.
The Public Comment Draft (PCD) is released for a consultation period to seek feedback from stakeholder regarding proposed changes to the NCC.
A Building Solution that relies on evidence of suitability in the form of a CodeMark Certificate of Conformity (CofC) which certifies a product against the Performance Requirements, is a Performance Solution.
The NCC defines a Performance Solution as one that complies with the Performance Requirements by a means other than by a Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution. A Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution is one that satisfies the Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions. Therefore, a Building Solution that relies on a CodeMark CofC that certifies a product against the Performance Requirements cannot be considered as Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution.
It should also be noted that a CodeMark CofC may only relate to a part of a Performance Solution. In these circumstances other evidence of suitability is needed to demonstrate that the relevant Performance Requirements have been met. The relevant provisions of the Governing Requirements in Part A of the NCC will also need to be satisfied.
A Certificate of Conformity is one of several options available for meeting the ‘Evidence of Suitability’ requirements of the BCA.
The obligations on building control authorities to accept a Certificate of Conformity is determined by the relevant State or Territory legislation, policy or directive. You should check with your building control authority to determine if a Certificate of Conformity is an appropriate form of evidence of suitability for the specific product and your project.