Plumbing Products & The Pathways To Compliance – NCC, WELS & WaterMark
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
Rodney Petersen – National Product Specialist, Geberit
Rodney is the National Product Specialist for Geberit Australia. As a second-generation plumber by trade, Rodney has an in-depth understanding of plumbing products and on-site processes. Rodney’s combination of technical expertise, industry experience and passion for training and development means he is a valued and trusted partner to each stakeholder throughout the project lifecycle.
Thomas Muller – Product Manager, Geberit
Thomas Muller is a Product Manager at Geberit Australia, a leading provider of sanitary products and systems. He has almost 20 years of experience in the HVAC and plumbing industry, working in various roles such as Product Manager, Business Development Manager, and Business Effectiveness Manager. He has a strong background in product, sales, customer service, project management, and business intelligence. He is passionate about delivering innovative solutions that meet customer needs and expectations.
Nick Ilias – Director, Ilias Design Group
Nicholas is a Director at Ilias Design Group, a Sydney-based Hydraulic Services and Fire Protection firm. With over a decade of experience in the industry, starting as an apprentice plumber and completing his tradesmanship in 2016, Nicholas is able to transfer his knowledge and skills into practical design solutions. His expertise lies in developing detailed shop drawings for contractors during the construction stage, utilising his on-site experience to deliver high-quality results.