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WELS 3 star transition period end

June 28, 2020

The grandfathering provisions for suppliers of registered 3-star WELS-rated shower heads will expire on 30 June 2020, having been in place since April 2016.

What’s changing?

The four (4) year transition period was introduced to accommodate the changes within AS/NZS 6400:2016 Water efficient products – Rating and labelling, from the 2005 edition.

The most recent 2016 standard for flow rates between 4.5L/min and 7.5L/min are now related to 4-star, requiring the affected product(s) to meet additional spray-force and coverage requirements.

Suppliers seeking to market a shower-head product within this flow-rate range will need to demonstrate the 4 star rating spray-force and coverage requirements per the standard; as well as submit a new product registration application.

How has this affected 3-star shower heads?

3 star rated shower heads can still be sold and installed, but their registered flow rates must reflect the new standard for between 7.5L/min and 9.0L/min. Should a product meet this flow-rate range, it can continue to be supplied or sold with a 3 star rating as long the product continues its previously registered status.

Any showers that continue to be registered with a 3-star rating outside of this flow-rate range at 1 July 2020, will need to be labelled ‘not star rated’ if offered for supply or sale.

If a previously registered 3-star shower head is demonstrated to meet the 2016 4 star flow-rate requirement, including spray force and coverage, it will require a different product registration number and need to be labelled as 4 star for supply or sale.

Builders and operators of display or show homes will also need to comply with the new labelling standards.

Where can I find more information?

As a supplier, you can read more about transitioning to the new standard on the Australian Government website.

WELS have also produced a list of registered products, and you can search for any product on the Australian Government website.

Additionally, HIA has released information about the requirements to display correct WELS ratings in display or show homes.

For further clarification or information, HIA members can contact HIA’s Building Services team on 1300 650 620 or by contacting hia_technical@hia.com.au