Industry unites to propose new pool heating standards


Monday, 08 July, 2013


Australia’s top 20 swimming pool heating companies have continuously collaborated over the past 12 months to draft new proposals to Standards Australia in regards to a revision of two pool heating standards:

1. Revision of AS3634 - 1989 - Solar Heating Systems for Swimming Pools

2. New Australian Standard - Heat Pump Systems for Swimming Pools

“SPASA Heating stakeholder meetings throughout 2012 attracted significant member interest due to the many concerns relating to non-compliant products and concerning representations being made on available and imported heating products,” says SPASA CEO Spiros Dassakis.

“The revised and new heating standards, once approved for development, will establish a benchmark for the swimming pool and spa industry to ensure claims that are made follow an established quality, performance and installation benchmark. Equally, consumers will be the ultimate beneficiaries of these standards in knowing that their swimming pool and spa heating products and installation comply with current up-to-date Australian Standards.”

The Australian Standards for swimming pool and spa heating systems are likely to cover, but not be limited to the following: purpose, definition, scope, classifications, hydraulics, pipework, labelling, performance requirements, testing and rating requirements, commissioning and handover and climatic considerations.

“The recent draft project proposals submitted to Standards Australia follow the recent win by SPASA in having the Australian Building Codes Board Committee (ABCB) support our submission to amend clause 3.12.57 of the Building Code of Australia to allow additional types of heating for swimming pools. The changes supported are currently in the public comment phase and very likely to be adopted in the 2014 edition of the Building Code of Australia. This is a significant win for the entire swimming pool and spa heating sector.”

Before a project to develop a new Australian Standard or revise an existing Australian Standard commences, there needs to be demonstrable evidence that the standard will deliver a net benefit to the Australian community.

SPASA will also need to demonstrate there is sufficient industry and stakeholder support for the development of the standard. SPASA will be in contact with members and stakeholders shortly once Standards Australia has considered the Project Proposals and provided guidance on the next step as well as the possible development pathways.

More information can be sought from SPASA CEO Spiros Dassakis at spiros@spasa.org.au.

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