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WELS, WaterMark and the NCC: A guide for the perplexed in plumbing matters

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WELS, WaterMark and the NCC: A guide for the perplexed in plumbing matters


April 9th, 2023

Session Synopsis

In 2014, Master Builders Queensland conducted a survey into the use of non-conforming products in the construction sector. The results were eye-opening, particularly when it comes to plumbing products – 40% of those surveyed said they had found non-conforming products in their projects and, of that figure, the highest percentage (21.6%) involved plumbing products.

The blame for this state of affairs lies not just with those who install these products. Everybody in the building product supply chain, including architects, is responsible for ensuring they comply with regulations and are fit-for-purpose.

So, what are the regulations surrounding plumbing products? What is the difference between ‘non-compliant’ and ‘non-conforming’ sanitaryware products? What are WELS and WaterMark and how do they relate to the NCC? And most importantly, how can you as an architect ensure you are meeting all your regulatory responsibilities?

This session answers these questions and more.

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Outline the ways the National Construction Code (NCC) regulates plumbing and drainage products in Australia
  • Define the terms ‘Deemed to Satisfy solutions’ and ‘Performance Solutions’ as they are used in the NCC
  • Explain the differences between ‘Conforming’, ‘Non-Conforming’ and ‘Fit for Purpose’ products
  • Outline the roles that WaterMark certification and WELS Ratings play in the compliance of plumbing and drainage products

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