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World Plumbing Day 2016

Friday, 26 February 2016

On 11 March, the VBA will be joining in the celebrations for World Plumbing Day. World Plumbing Day is an international event that highlights the important role that plumbing plays in the health, safety and sustainability of the community. It was initiated by the World Plumbing Council and is celebrated annually.

As part of World Plumbing Day events, representatives from the VBA will be attending the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) World Plumbing Day 2016 Industry Forum, which focuses on impacts on the future of the plumbing industry.

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NCC 2016 preview available on ABCB website

Friday, 26 February 2016

In preparation for the 1 May 2016 implementation date of the new National Construction Code, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has made the NCC 2016 available on their website.

familiarise themselves with Volumes One, Two and Three of the NCC along with the Guide to Volume One and the Consolidated Performance Requirements. 

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Sheet lead flashings in roofing applications

Friday, 26 February 2016

Sheet lead remains a commonly used roof flashing material in modern home construction and plumbing practitioners need to ensure they select the right lead for the job.

Sheet lead needs to be a minimum thickness of 1.7mm, which equates to approximately 20Kg/m2, as per Table 8.1.2 of SA HB39:2015 – Installation code for metal roof and wall cladding.

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Protection of adjoining properties

Friday, 26 February 2016

The VBA's Proactive Inspections Program has identified sites where excavation work has been completed without the required protection measures in place to protect adjoining properties from the effects of unstable site cuts, such as retaining walls/site batters.

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VBA launches Proactive Inspections

Friday, 26 February 2016

In late 2015 the VBA launched its Proactive Inspections Program to check building works under construction. VBA building and plumbing inspectors visit sites to engage with the Relevant Building Surveyor (RBS) and builder to address any issues early in a project's life, particularly during mandatory inspection stages. Early detection allows solutions to be implemented quickly and cost-effectively and is expected to minimise future complaints. The aim is to improve safety and quality outcomes and assist the RBS in administering their regulatory role. VBA Mail will regularly feature articles on what the Proactive Inspections Program has found to highlight both positive and negative findings.

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Get to know your responsibilities as a Technical Referee

Friday, 26 February 2016

As part of the VBA's improved licensing and registration process, applicants must now provide a Technical Referee Report with their application for registration as a plumbing or building practitioner. The report asks for specific information about the applicant's work, when it was performed and the applicant's role in performing that work. This information helps the VBA and the BPB to assess applicants' suitability for registration.

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