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Standards Australia update: January 2017

Written by Alison Scotland, Daniel Chidgey National Sector Managers, Standards Australia 19/01/2017

Standards Australia works closely with industry partners to bring technical standard documents in line with current practice.

Standards currently being revised include:

AS 2118.1, Automatic fire sprinkler systems - General systems

Technical Committee, FP-004, Automatic Fire Sprinkler Installations, is undertaking a full revision of AS 2118.1. Major changes in the current draft include:

  • Removing references to third party standards. The necessary content is now included as part of the standard, helping users to have all their information in one place.
  • Adopting current developments in sprinkler technology with certainty as to what is a DTS installation.
  • Information for designers and installers to prevent inadvertent under or over design of sprinkler systems.

AS 2419.1, Fire hydrant installations - System design, installation and commissioning

Hydrants Committee, FP-009, Fire Hydrant Installations, is also well underway with the revision of AS 2419.1.  Expect to see changes such as:

  • A restructure of the document and content to make it easier to use and to improve its readability.
  • Inclusion of new technologies and industry best practices to enable competitive and cost-effective design and water conservation.
  • The introduction of a range of provisions for high rise buildings based on internationally applied standards.

Key Project Proposal Processes for the Plumbing Sector

Standards Australia, in consultation with plumbing stakeholders, is working to establish a more effective approach for revising the important AS/NZS 3500 Plumbing and Drainage series. This initiative ensures the priorities for industry are being addressed. It provides a higher level of stability and outcome-based strategies that align with the three year amendment cycle for the NCC.

To find out more on the AS/NZS 3500 series, WaterMark Product Specifications and the NCC key dates and processes, visit Standards Australia.

Have your say

Consensus-based standards have been a focus of the Technical Committees. However, did you know that everyone has an opportunity to review the content of an updated standard prior to its completion? Make sure you have your say.

View the draft standards currently open for comment.

Anyone wishing to propose a new project at Standards Australia (whether it be a new standard, a revision or an amendment) will need to complete and submit a Proposal Form.

Standards Australia are currently improving the proposal form, and would welcome your feedback on how processes can be made simpler, faster and better for you. More information is available from Standards Australia.

We look forward to working with you.

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