The AHSCA (NSW) are pleased to announce the launch of our fantastic new website! This website provides much more than a new look for the Association. We have taken the time to incorporate a broad array of features that will benefit our members, such as industry news, online event registration, CPD diary management and inclusion in a consultant directory. We have also provided a means for the general public to learn more about the role of hydraulic services consultants within the 'For Consumers' component of the website.
AHSCA (NSW Chapter) are in the process of compiling a register of accredited fire sprinkler designers.To be included in this register the consultants must (1) have fulfilled their CPD points over the past three years, and (2) be covered by Professional Indemnity insurance.
Life safety remains the core priority of the ABCB. The need for further possible improvements to the regulatory regime, particularly in relation to resilience, has come to the fore in light of recent natural hazards. Current major initiatives to better address life safety risks include work on the construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas, a review of construction in cyclone affected areas, and what role, if any, building standards may play in flood-prone areas.The publication of NCC 2011 heralded the successful implementation of the first step in the Council of Australian Governments initiative to incorporate all on-site regulatory building requirements into one national code, with the addition of plumbing requirements. Further work to consolidate and harmonise building and plumbing regulations will be undertaken; as will scoping work for the possible inclusion of gas fitting requirements.