Amendments to Building Code Compliance Documents to reference updated Standards effective 30 Septemb

The Department of Building and Housing (DBH) has published amendments to a number of Compliance Documents to update references to Standards and other documents. The amendments will take effect from 30 September 2010. They are available now and a 3-month transition period applies.

These Compliance Documents contain building methods that assist designers, architects, and builders achieve compliance with the Building Code. DBH consulted on the proposed changes earlier this year and has now finalised the amendments.

The following amendments to Compliance Documents are listed below.

  • B1 Structure – Amended to include three new Standards and changes to 21 updated Standards applying to: B1/VM1, B1/AS1, B1/AS2, B1/AS3, and B1/VM4. The new Standards cover the design of concrete tanks, installation of drains, and the design and selection glazing. The significant updated Standards cover the design of concrete structures and steel structures. These updates reflect the consequential impacts of the loadings code (AS/NZS1170) which was cited and became effective in November 2008, updated design standards that allow for the use of new technology, and new materials standards that allow for improved use of construction materials.
  • B2 Durability – Amendment to include two updated Standards for the durability of concrete structures and solid plastering. The changes apply to B2/AS1. These updates are required for consistency between Compliance Documents (where the Standard is proposed in another Compliance Document), and to reflect use of new construction materials.
  • C Fire Safety – Amendment to include two updated Standards, through proposed changes to C/AS1. The Standards cover automatic fire sprinkler systems and fire hydrant systems for buildings. These updates reflect updated design standards that allow for the use of new technology.
  • E1 Surface Water – Amendment to include two new Standards, along with five deleted and 21 updated Standards. The new and revised Standards cover piping materials and jointing methods, affecting E1/AS1. These updates allow for the use of new materials and design standards that use new technology.
  • G9 Electricity – Amendment to include one updated Standard, relating to electrical installations in G9/VM1. This update is to ensure consistency with related legislation, in particular to align with the Electricity Regulations.
  • G10 Piped Services – Amendment to include two deleted and 14 updated Standards, relating to piping materials and jointing methods and affecting G10/AS1. These updates allow for the use of new materials and industry practices.
  • G11 Gas as an Energy Source – Amendment to include one updated Standard, relating to gas installations in G11/AS1. This update is to ensure consistency with related legislation, in particular to align with the Gas Regulations.
  • G12 Water Supplies – Amendment to include 13 updated Standards covering piping materials and installation methods in G12/AS1. These updates allow for the use of new materials and industry practices.
  • G13 Foul Water – Amendment to include one new, two deleted and 12 updated Standards covering piping materials and installation methods in G13/AS1, G13/AS2 and G13/AS3. These updates allow for the use of new materials and industry practices.
  • G14 Industrial Liquid Waste – Amendment to include 14 updated Standards covering piping materials in G14/VM1. These updates allow for the use of new materials and industry practices.
  • G15 Solid Waste – Amendment to include one Standard for healthcare waste management in G15/AS1. This update is to allow for the use of new technology.

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Summarised from the Department of Building and Housing's 'Building controls update 107' dated 30 June 2010.

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