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The National Construction Code Bringing Building and Plumbing Together. The purpose of regulations: “To keep out the fools and rascals” - Hardy Cross (author of Engineers and Ivory Towers ). National Construction Code. Background to the National Construction Code.

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    1. The National Construction Code Bringing Building and Plumbing Together

    2. The purpose of regulations: “To keep out the fools and rascals” - Hardy Cross (author of Engineers and Ivory Towers)

    3. National Construction Code

    4. Background to theNational Construction Code Council of Australian Governments (COAG) initiative First step – building and plumbing All States/Territories have agreed to adopt by October 2012

    5. Plumbing Code of Australia First published in 2004 by the National Plumbing Regulators Forum (NPRF) Not universally adopted by States and Territories 2010 review by NPRF/ABCB working group

    6. National Construction Code Series Volume One S&T Appendices Plumbing Code Guide to Volume One Building Code

    7. Why PCA? Training (2004) PCA (2011) Licencing (2013?)

    8. Regulatory Framework State/Territory Act State/Territory Regulations NCC (incl. Plumbing Code of Australia) Referenced documents (incl. Australian Standards)

    9. PCA Operating Structure

    10. Performance Requirements Set the level of performance that a plumbing or drainage solution must meet, e.g.- A cold water service for human consumption must comply with drinking water guidelines etc…; or A sanitary plumbing system must be installed to minimise noise, blockages, stormwater ingress etc…

    11. Deemed-to-Satisfy Solutions that are ‘deemed-to-satisfy’ a requirement – i.e. an accepted solution Referenced standards and other documents AS/NZS 3500 series of standards

    12. Alternative Solutions Alternative means of compliance Assessed through ‘Assessment Methods’ Part A2.2 of PCA Verification Methods Expert Judgement Comparison to DTS

    13. What does it mean for you? PCA is now the primary regulatory code Opportunity for innovation through Alternative Solutions AS/NZS 3500 series still provides the bulk of technical detail Still need to use WaterMarked products

    14. Have a say in future NCC development Proposal for Change submissions Public comment

    15. Plumbing Code Committee • Assess technical proposals to change the Plumbing Code of Australia and provide technical advice to the Board

    16. Plumbing Code Committee Building Ministers Forum ABCB Board Building Codes Committee ABCB Office Plumbing Code Committee

    17. What the future holds • Heated water deadwater draw-off • Waterless urinals • Review of AS/NZS 3500 suite • Solar hot water review • Scoping study for gasfitting in NCC

    18. Heated Water Dead Water Draw-off • Wasted water and energy? • Project will establish- • ‘Typical’ water losses • Energy losses incl. by water cooling in pipework • Options and impact analysis

    19. Waterless Urinals • Project will establish • Extent of problem • Potential solutions if necessary • Impact analysis 12 months after installation Photo from NPRF Advisory Note 2009

    20. AS/NZS 3500 Suite Review • Review for regulatory use in PCA • Compliance with ABCB Protocol • Public policy, regulatory statements and administrative matters • PCA duplication and compatibility • Manufacturer’s or supplier’s instructions

    21. Solar Hot Water Review • AS/NZS 3500 Part 4 Section 6 • Lacks installation requirements • Relies on “manufacturer’s instructions” • Specific orientation and inclination provisions required

    22. Gasfitting • Scoping study to determine whether gasfitting should also be included in NCC

    23. Plumbing Resource Kit • One of a series ABCB produces • Designed for trainers • Includes lecture notes, group exercises and frequently asked questions

    24. Plumbing Resource Kit

    25. Plumbing Resource Kit

    26. Tailor to Different Audiences

    27. Annual NCC seminars

    28. Biennial Building Australia’s Future Conference

    29. Australian Building Codes Board Postal Address: GPO Box 9839 Canberra ACT 2601 www.abcb.gov.au Phone: 1300 134 631