Update from the Manager, Standards New Zealand

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Welcome to our first update for 2020. We are ramping up for what promises to be a busy and productive year. I’m looking forward to seeing the fruit of all the groundwork our team has done in preparing for this year.

New website and brand refresh on their way. We have been working hard on updating our new website. According to the results of our recent customer survey that many of you completed, this is something you’d value. Aside from a new look and feel, we’re confident you’ll find the new site easier to navigate and transact on.

Komiti, our new collaboration tool. Also as part of our ICT roadmap, we’ve recently replaced our standards development committee online collaboration tool. If you’re involved in a new standards development project in the future, our team will be in touch to explain how it works. We’re also close to rolling out the Zoom online conferencing tool. This means that convenors of International Review Groups (IRGs) will be able to have face-to-face meetings despite having members located all over New Zealand.

Updates to three important Earth Building standards have just been released. NZS 4297, NZS 4298 and NZS 4299 give guidance to designers, builders, owner-builders and others involved in the construction of earth walled buildings. The Australian/ New Zealand Wiring Rules AS/NZS 3000:2018 has also been updated. This is an important standard for the electrical industry, as it sets out the requirements for the design, construction, and verification of electrical installations. It’s also designed to protect people, livestock, and property from electric shock, fire, and physical injury. These standards are available on our website.

Hydrogen technologies for a greener future. Part of our role here at Standards NZ is engaging with key sectors, including those that operate in emerging technologies. One of these is the energy sector, where we’re working with key stakeholders on putting together a draft strategy for hydrogen standards implementation in New Zealand. Read this article on the Hydrogen Standards Forum that our Senior Advisor for standards development, Chris Forsman, facilitated at the end of last year.

IEC General Meeting, Shanghai. Our Senior Advisor International Relationships, Steve Lowes, who is also the Secretary of the IEC’s National Committee of NZ (NCNZ), attended the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) General Meeting in Shanghai late last year. Close to four thousand delegates from 173 countries attended, including the NCNZ President, Peter Berry, and representatives from leading New Zealand companies and organisations. Read more about the significance of the event, plus key themes, which included sustainability and gender inclusivity.

If you have any questions about any of these topics, or any other standards-related information, please feel free to get in touch.

Carmen Mak. Manager, Standards New Zealand

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