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NCC 2022 – changes to kitchen and bathroom standards

Understand how these changes could impact you and your business

NCC 2022 – changes to kitchen and bathroom standards

Understand how these changes could impact you and your business

There have been some important changes to standards in the National Construction Code (NCC) for products in kitchens, bathroom and wet areas. Before embarking on your next new build or renovation, consider how these updates will impact your design, construction techniques or product choices.

What are the changes which could be overlooked?

With so much attention on the major changes to NCC 2022, you may have missed some other significant changes to the standards for plumbing installations, the safety of gas appliances and clarifications for construction materials and kitchens and bathrooms. These changes can have an impact on home design, material selections and scheduling of works.

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Engineered stone ban

In December 2023, a ban on the use, supply and manufacture of engineered stone from 1 July 2024 was announced. HIA has some FAQs on the ban and how you should manage existing projects and new projects to ensure you can meet your customers expectations. We also have a factsheet you can download to give to your customers.

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Floor wastes and slopes in bathrooms

The NCC (building code) has long specified the need for a floor waste in certain rooms. However, there has been different opinions on the need for a fall in the floor slope towards the waste. NCC 2022 has changes that help explain when you do need to have a fall to the waste and when you don’t.

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Installing rangehoods over gas appliances

Changes to the 2022 edition of the gas installation standard has several important changes you should be aware of when installing rangehoods. This includes a revised minimum clearance height from a cooktop to a rangehood which can impact how a replacement installation in existing kitchens.

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Corrosion protection for structural steel

Soon the transition period for the existing corrosion protection standard for structural steel will end and the new NCC provisions will need to be applied. The changes impacts the protective coatings for structural steel elements not built into a masonry walls.

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Updated timeframes for the transition to lead-free plumbing products

An overlooked major change in NCC 2022 is the decrease in the allowable lead content in plumbing products that come into contact with drinking water. Soon, only those products that meet the lead-free requirements will be permitted in all plumbing installations across Australia. Find out what products are affected and when, along with how to identify whether a product is already lead-free.

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2022 National Construction Code - Volume One

Product comes in an A4 binder and will be mailed to you once it's purchased online. Volume One of the National Construction Code (NCC) relates to comm...

2022 National Construction Code - Volume Two

Product comes in an A4 binder and will be mailed to you once it's purchased online. Volume Two of the National Construction Code (NCC) relates to resi...

2022 National Construction Code - Volumes One and Two

Product comes in an A4 binder and will be mailed to you once it's purchased online. This pack contains Volume One (commercial buildings – Class 2 to C...

HIA Guide to NCC Livable Housing Provisions

This resource provides practical examples of applying the new requirements and explains common solutions and methods that may assist building practiti...

HIA Guide to Waterproofing

Guidance provided by HIA on the changes to waterproofing of wet areas requirements and what they mean for common solutions and compliance.