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VBA Plumbing Technical Bulletin – March 2023

The VBA Technical Bulletin - Plumbing includes the latest plumbing news and industry updates from the Victorian Building Authority.
VBA Technical Bulletin - Plumbing

It's great to connect with you all again, in what is the first VBA Technical Bulletin of 2023.

We're set for another busy year ahead, as the industry grows and prepares itself for major change.

NCC 2022

National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 will be adopted by states and territories on 1 May 2023.

I encourage you all to familiarise yourselves with the Code ahead of its adoption by watching recordings of the VBA's NCC 2022 Roadshow webinars and heading to the ABCB website, where you can access the Code in full, as well as useful handbooks and guidance materials.

ABCB are also providing a series of articles that give an overview of some of the key changes and new requirements that may impact your work when NCC 2022 is adopted.

The VBA will continue to update Practice Notes in the lead-up to 1 May.

By getting across these changes, we can all work towards a safer, more accessible and more sustainable built environment.

Andrew Cialini,
VBA State Building Surveyor

In this edition...

Gasfitters to comply with AS/NZS 5601.1: 2022 from 30 March

Gasfitters are reminded that they must comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 5601.1 Gas Installations - Part 1: General installations from 30 March 2023.

Poor maintenance exposing non-compliant roofing

The VBA receives a high volume of complaints about non-compliant roofing, which can be exposed when a lack of maintenance results in water ingress.

Practitioner survey - VBA education resources

The VBA needs you to help us better understand the practitioner experience with our education resources, including Practice Notes, webinars and Technical Bulletins.

Research into building design to combat water damage

The VBA continues to take action to tackle the issue of water moisture ingress and mould in buildings by funding research at the University of Sydney.