Welcome to my first CE update as Acting Chief Executive of Standards New Zealand. I will hold this role until the transition of the national standards body functions into the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, expected to be sometime in early 2016.
Strengthening New Zealand’s standards system
There was a significant step last week in the progress of the transition of the national standards body functions into MBIE with the passing of the Standards and Accreditation Bill. The Bill received its third and final reading in the House on Thursday, 14 October and received Royal Assent on Tuesday, 20 October. The recruitment for the new Standards Approval Board can now commence. We will be providing regular communication on the transition over the coming months. There is more information on our website, including a link to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ press release … more
World Standards Day
We were delighted to celebrate World Standards Day last week. This annual day on 14 October pays tribute to the thousands of men and women all over the world who develop voluntary standards for the advancement and welfare of societies. It also provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the benefits that standards bring to our everyday lives, the market economy, and to the smooth running of public affairs. We developed some posters that can be downloaded from our website … more
This month we plan to publish two new publications. NZS 3121:2015 Specification for water and aggregate for concrete is a revision of NZS 3121:1986. The standard gives essential requirements for water and aggregates, other than lightweight aggregates, suitable for use as materials for making concrete to meet normal structural and durability requirements.
NZS 5259:2015 Gas measurement systems revises NZS 5259:2004. This standard specifies acceptance tests for gas meters and correctors, gas meter selection and installation, and provides for conversion of measured volume to energy.
In other standards news…
Released for public comment – NZS 4223 Suite of New Zealand Glazing standards
The suite of glazing standards, NZS 4223 Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 has been released for public comment. With changes in both industry and other standards it was seen as an opportune time to revise and amend these parts to ensure they are current, align with other updated standards, and are fit for purpose.
Health and safety, energy efficiency and improved technology have seen glazing for residential and commercial buildings change from the single pane to the use of double and triple insulated glass units and the increasing use of safety glass for high use/risk areas in particular where the general public gather like schools and shopping areas. Public comment consultation closes on 2 December 2015.
P 5828 Playground equipment and surfacing
P 5828 Playground equipment and surfacing went out to ballot on 12 October. This standard is an adoption of several EN playground standards with one BSI one and is due for publication at the end of November.
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