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AS/NZS 5601 changes

There are significant changes in AS/NZS 5601.1 2022 from the previous standard that affect persons carrying out gasfitting work.

AS/NZS 5601 amendments

The information below details the amendments to standard 5601.1 and 5601.2 over time.

AS/NZS 5601.1 2022

A new revision and 6 month transition period

AS/NZS 5601.1 2022 was published on 30 September 2022

There are significant changes in AS/NZS 5601.1 2022 from the previous standard. These changes will affect persons carrying out gasfitting work.

6 month transition

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) have agreed to provide a 6 month transition period for implementation of the standard.

Work completed prior to, or during this period, will be assessed against the old standard. However, gasfitters can choose to use the new standard during this period.

Certain projects will also be assessed against the old standard. For example, if work is installed but not completed before the new standard is implemented. If completing the work occurs after the transition period, we will assess that part of the work against the new standard.

Why is there a transition period?

To ensure industry has sufficient time to become familiar with the new requirements in the standard.

Additionally, in making the decision to implement a transition period, ESV and the VBA took into consideration this significant change:

Multilayer pipe installed in new buildings and the modification of consumer piping in existing buildings using multilayer pipe will now require automatic isolation in the event of a fire. This is in the form of an automatic shut off valve interlocked to a fire safety system or alternatively for class 1a residential building other devices such as an excess flow device or Under Pressure Shut-off device (UPSO) can be used.

Both ESV and the VBA understand the need to allow time for suppliers to build up stock of the gas components that will be required for installations to meet the new requirement.

After the transition period

From 30 March 2023, after the 6 month transition period, work will be assessed against the new standard. Gasfitters are expected to comply in full with the 2022 edition of AS/NZS 5601.1 from this date.

Further information

Read the Standards Alert – Publication of AS/NZS 5601.1: 2022:

Watch our AS/NZS 5601.1 2022External Link Amendments video below, which was presented during the industry webinars in June and July 2022.

Read ESV’s industry guidance on Transitional arrangement for adoption of prescribed AS/NZS 5601.1 standards:

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) – webpage AS/NZS 5601.1 Gas InstallationsExternal Link

Consult the standard

ESV and the VBA strongly encourage practitioners to consult the complete standard to ensure they comply with all Means of Conformance requirements.

The full text of AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 can be accessed at:

saiglobal.com/onlineExternal Link

techstreet.comExternal Link

AS/NZS 5601 guidance videos

ESV’s Commercial kitchens gas installations video

Updated in October 2022 to cover new requirements under AS/NZS 5601.1 2022.

ESV AS/NZS 5601.1 Amendments video

For further information on the new standard, watch our video below:

Standards Alert: Publication of AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 Gas installations Part 1: General installations

View as a PDF:

Part 1: General installations

On 30 September 2022, Standards Australia published AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 Gas installations Part 1: General installations.

Commencement

The requirements of this prescribed standard will apply from 30 March 2023 (six-month transition period from the date of publication).

Scope

AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 outlines requirements relating to the design, installation and commissioning of gas installations that are associated with the use or intended use of natural gas, LP Gas or biogas. The standard forms part of the Victorian plumbing regulatory regime and applies to gasfitting work carried out in Victoria.

Key changes

The following sections provide a summary of the key changes to AS/NZS 5601.1:2022.
Gasfitters must refer to the whole standard for full details of the requirements.

1.3 Terms and definitions

Clause 1.3.39 – New definition for a “fire safety system”.
Clause 1.3.65 – New definition for an “ignition source”.

Section 2 Essential safety and performance-based design requirements

Section 2 has been separated into “Essential safety requirements” and “Performance-based design requirements”.

Clauses 4.2 (Table 4.2) and 5.2.12

Brazing prohibited within one metre of a joint with non-metallic components.

Clauses 4.2 (Table 4.2), 5.2.12 & 5.3.16

Prohibition on the installation of multilayer pipe above-ground external to buildings.

Clause 5.2.9.1

New requirement for the isolation of installations in educational institutions

Clause 5.2.9.2

New requirement for the isolation of installations in commercial kitchens.

Clause 5.2.11

Provision of fire emergency isolation for multilayer pipe.

Clause 5.3.14.5

New drawings for consumer piping located in cavities (notching and drilling studs).

Clause 6.9.4 & (Figure 6.9.4)

Revised requirements for the location of flue terminals under a covered area, in a recess or on a balcony.

Clause 6.9.5

Gas appliance flues can no longer terminate in a roof space in Australia to align with New Zealand.

Clause 6.10.1.1

Increased clearance requirement between domestic cooking appliances and rangehoods to align with IEC 60335-2-31, Household and similar electrical appliances — Safety, Part 2-31: Particular requirements for rangehoods and other cooking fume extractors.

Clause 6.10.2.6

New requirements for freestanding commercial catering equipment with under-equipment connection.

Clause 6.10.2.7

New requirements for the connection of freestanding commercial catering equipment using a hose assembly – high level connection.

Clause 6.10.2.8

Restrictions on the use of semi-rigid connectors in the installation of commercial catering installations.

Appendix C – Thermal protection of combustible materials

New requirements for the protection of combustible surfaces adjacent to commercial catering equipment.

Appendix F – Sizing consumer piping

New pipe sizing graphs and tables, which are less conservative than the 2010 and 2013 editions of AS/NZS 5601.1. In particular, for complex gas installations with larger pipe diameters and longer pipe runs allowing for greater flow capacity for a given pipe size.

Appendix K – Gas in high-rise buildings

Effect of altitude on gas supply pressure for high- rise building installations.

Want to know more?

This Standards Alert provides an overview of changes and updates to AS/NZS 5601.1:2022.
It is not intended to be a substitute for the whole standard.

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) has published a video of AS/NZS 5601.1: 2022 Gas installations amendmentsExternal Link .

Consult the standard

ESV and the Victorian Building Authority strongly encourage practitioners to consult the complete standard
to ensure they comply with all Means of Conformance requirements.

The full text of AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 can be accessed at:

AS/NZS 5601.1 and AS/NZS 5601.2 amendments – May 2016

Amendment 2 for AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 Gas Installations – Part 1: General Installations and Amendment 1 for AS/NZS 5601.2:2013 Gas Installations – Part 2: LP Gas Installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes were published by Standards Australia on 11 May 2016.

Standard AS/NZS 5601:2013 is in two parts

Part 1 covers the requirements for general gas installations while Part 2 specifically deals with LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes.

Each part of this standard is a standard in its own right and hence a practitioner who works on LP Gas installations for caravans and boats only requires Part 2.

Practitioners who do not conduct gasfitting work in caravans and boats require only Part 1.

Part 1 amendments

The following summary highlights the most significant amendments to Part 1.

  • Addition of cross linked polyethylene PEX pipe complying with AS/NZS 2492 as consumer piping for gas applications (not to be confused with multilayer composite pipe complying with AS 4176.8)
  • Requirement to install a chimney liner where the integrity of a chimney is unsatisfactory. (A definition for a chimney liner has been included)
  • New diagram for fan assisted gas appliances (e.g. continuous flow water heaters) installed on balconies
  • New requirement for a cooking appliance installed in a combined living/sleeping area to be installed below a range hood ducted to outside
  • New requirement for commercial catering appliances installed in residential premises
  • New requirement for the installation of gas BBQs and radiant gas heaters designed for outdoor use
  • Updated Appendix R spillage test for flued appliances.

Part 2 amendments

The following is a summary of some of the most significant amendments to Part 2.

  • New diagram for the mounting of an LPG cylinder in a caravan including clearances from openings into the living space.
  • New requirement for the installation of gas BBQs and radiant gas heaters designed for outdoor use.
  • New pipework strength and gas tightness test.
  • To review amendments to Part 2, as presented to the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria please click here:

Purchase the standard

Copies of both parts of this standard, AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 and AS/NZS 5601.2:2013, can be purchased as a set or alternatively as separate parts through SAI Global, hereExternal Link .

You will need to register with SAI Global to make a purchase.

Contact us

If you have questions or require further information regarding the updated AS/NZS 5601.1 standard, please contact:

Victorian Building Authority
1300 815 127
plumbingtechnicaladvice@vba.vic.gov.au

Energy Safe Victoria
1800 652 563
gastechnicalenquiry@energysafe.vic.gov.au

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Date: 08/02/2023 9:26

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Reviewed 29 January 2023

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