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WaterMark Certification Scheme. Neil Savery General Manager 27 May 2014. ABCB IGA. The Board is a joint initiative of all governments and exists by way of an Inter-governmental Agreement.

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Watermark certification scheme

WaterMark Certification Scheme

Neil Savery

General Manager

27 May 2014


Abcb iga

ABCB IGA

  • The Board is a joint initiative of all governments and exists by way of an Inter-governmental Agreement.

  • The Board’s Mission under the IGA is to address issues of safety and health, amenity and sustainability in the design, construction and performance of buildings.

  • It is also a regulatory reform vehicle for COAG.

  • The BCA and PCA are national codes which are developed and maintained by the ABCB.

  • Both codes contain the minimum necessary requirements for building construction and plumbing in Australia.


Wmcs transfer to the abcb

WMCS Transfer to the ABCB

  • Transferred to the ABCB on 25 February 2013

  • New WaterMark website established

  • WaterMark Product Database transferred

  • Database teething issues resolved

  • Governance documents re-branded and freely available on ABCB website

  • WMCAB forum in mid 2013


Operational matters

Operational Matters

  • Technical Committee established

  • 5 new WaterMark Technical Specifications published

  • 3 WaterMark Technical Specifications currently being reviewed

  • Plans for next WMCAB forum in near future


Operational matters1

Operational Matters

  • Average 10 enquiries per day - over 500 enquiries completed (100+ technical in nature)

  • 17 complaints processed (5 currently active)

  • Ongoing regular engagement with State and Territory administrations

  • WMCAB conduct is being monitored

  • Over 100 product licences have been terminated


Watermark review

WaterMark Review

  • WaterMark Review Consultation Draft completed

  • WMCS reference documents are fragmented and conflicting

  • Previously WMCS was managed without clear boundaries or division of duties between management, administration and the accreditation body

  • Key stakeholders had little consistent guidance


Watermark review contd

WaterMark Review contd

  • Evaluation of Review outcomes presented to the Board

  • Board supports in-principle an improved scheme

  • Board deferred making recommendations to the Building Ministers’ Forum

  • RIS to be conducted

  • Working Group established

  • Aim to report back to the Board at the end of 2014


Regulatory context

Regulatory Context

  • Commonwealth Government’s deregulation agenda

  • COAG’s deregulation agenda

  • ABCB’s reform package

  • National Commission of Audit

  • Expectations of Minister


Plumbing code of australia

Plumbing Code of Australia

Developed by the National Plumbing Regulators’ Forum

Modelled on the Building Code of Australia

Released in 2004 - not adopted nationally

2010 CoAG decision on formation of National Construction Code

Re-released PCA in 2011 under the NCC banner


Pca planning day

PCA Planning Day

Develop a plan for the future direction of the Plumbing Code of Australia

Plumbing Code Committee and key plumbing industry representatives

Hobart – July 2013

Open discussion on identifying future directions and future needs of the plumbing sector, including Watermark


Planning day outcomes

Planning Day Outcomes

Board endorsement for –

Continued consolidation of plumbing matters into the PCA

Continued focus on variation reduction

Increased focus on education and awareness

Harmonisation between BCA and PCA

Quantification and clarification of performance

Future research priorities

Backflow prevention

Fixture unit ratings

Warm water systems


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