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Building and construction sector

During the 2021/22 financial year, SNZ continued to work closely with building regulator and the building and construction sectors. Over the past 12 months SNZ successfully facilitated the development and publication of the following widely used New Zealand standards:

  • NZS 4431 – Engineered fill construction for lightweight structures
  • NZS 4510 – Fire hydrant systems

Energy efficiency and energy safety sectors

SNZ has an established programme in the energy sector and works closely with the electricity and gas safety regulator Energy Safety (within WorkSafe New Zealand) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Strategic contracts for a wide range of standards-related services have been agreed on with both regulators, ensuring that priority areas and key policy deliverables relevant to standards and standardisation will be delivered in a planned, robust, and transparent way.

Under the established strategic agreement for services with Energy Safety, SNZ continued to lead the development of a standards framework to promote and advance the implementation of hydrogen as an alternative source of fuel. Key achievements of this work during the 2021/22 financial year included reviewing international standards relating to:

  • fuel cell technologies: stationary fuel cell power systems performance test methods and installation
  • transportable gas cylinders and transportable gas storage devices
  • liquid and gaseous hydrogen land vehicle fuel tanks and systems interface
  • materials selection and performance criteria for hydrogen pipeline transmission
  • properties of pipeline steels in high-pressure hydrogen
  • testing methods for the investigation of hydrogen gas embrittlement of metallic materials.

This work will ensure that standards used in New Zealand reflect the need for safe production, distribution, and transportation and encourage the future development of regional hydrogen bulk-storage hubs, which in turn support supply chains for hydrogen, further related equipment investment (such as refueling stations) and hydrogen-derived fuels.

Under our current strategic agreement for services with EECA, SNZ is developing several documents relevant to energy demand flexibility and decarbonisation.

Health sector

SNZ, in partnership with the Ministry of Health/Manatū Hauora, developed and published a highly complex revision of NZS 8134 Ngā paerewa Health and disability services standard, which came into effect on 28 February 2022. It consolidates four standards from across fertility services, abortion services, home and community services, and health and disability services.

The new standard puts a stronger focus on equity, covers a wide range of service providers, and supports health service providers in meeting Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations. It was developed to ensure that safe, high-quality health and disability services can be provided. It is the result of many voices coming together and represents an example of our strengthening collaboration with the health sector.

Primary industries sector

During the 2021/22 financial year, SNZ in partnership with DairyNZ, initiated a long-anticipated revision of NZS 8100 Dairy herd testing. This standard provides information on procedures and practices adopted by certified herd testers and their farmer customers, as well as guidance on procedures and practices that should be followed to meet industry goals resulting from herd testing. This standard is highly regarded in the sector and the process will be informed by a wide range of industry and regulatory stakeholders.

Transport and logistics

We successfully published an important transport-related standard, NZS 5433 Transport of dangerous goods, strengthening our relationships with Waka Kotahi NZTA and the transport and logistics sector.