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Important information for the entire swimming pool & spa industry

3 MAY 2011
Important information for the entire swimming pool & spa industry   
SPASA NSW provides status on the new Australian Standard: AS1926.3
Status – AS1926.3 -2010 Testing

SPASA NSW announced in mid March that Queensland Testing Laboratory (QTL) had updated its testing capability and now have AS1926 Part 3 Clauses 5, 6.1, 6.2 and Appendices A & B included on its Scope of Capability.

Whist this is great news for the industry, QTL has had several issues with the final commissioning of their test facility which is likely to result in a delay of up to 2 weeks before one of the many Australian Compliant Suction Covers are available for use by the industry.

The delay by QTL is unforseen and presents our industry with no access to Australian Manufactured Compliant Suction Covers for a period of up to 2 weeks.

Members who are unable to wait for the Australian Compliant Covers to be approved can utilise Fittings which have been certified as having been tested and marked in accordance with the American Standard ASME A112.19.8. These fittings are deemed to comply under AS1926.3 – 2010 and not subject to the testing and approval procedure within the Australian Standard.

Members should contact their current suppliers in relation to accessing either the Australian and/or American Compliant Suction Fittings.

Pools with a Construction Certificate Before 1st May

The existing 2003 version of AS 1926 Part 3 will continue to apply only to those developments that have an application for a construction certificate or a complying development certificate lodged before 1 May 2011.

Pools with a Construction Certificate After 1st May

Work carried out to a swimming pool or spa pool under a construction certificate or a complying development certificate that is lodged on or after 1 May 2011 will need to comply with AS 1926.3-2010.

Building Professionals Board – NSW

The Board is seeking to introduce a new requirement into the EP&A Regulation that will mean the principal certifying authority must, for any development involving a swimming pool or spa, obtain certification from the principal contractor (including the owner builder) that the pool or spa water reticulation system has been built in accordance with the requirements of the BCA and relevant Australian Standards. Certification must also confirm that all components and systems have been tested and comply with these standards prior to the issue of an occupation certificate. Further information on this change will be provided when available.

For further information, please contact:
Spiros Dassakis
Phone: (02) 9747 6644
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