Part 3.10.1 Swimming pools
Appropriate Performance Requirements
Appropriate Performance Requirement
- Where an alternative swimming pool safety barrier is proposed as a Performance Solution to that described in Part 3.10.1 that proposal must comply with—
- Where an alternative swimming pool water recirculation system is proposed as a Performance Solution to that described in Part 3.10.1, that proposal must comply with—
Part 3.12.5 contains requirements for swimming pool and spa pool heating and pumping. In specific circumstances, Part 3.12.5 requires a swimming pool or spa pool to have a cover to reduce evaporation and subsequent heat loss, and time switches to control the operation of the heater.
In addition to the requirements of this Part, a swimming pool must comply with the structural requirements of the Housing Provisions. The structural requirements refer to the swimming pool being designed and constructed to withstand any combinations of loads and other actions to which it may reasonably be subjected and the structural resistance of the materials and forms of construction used in the swimming pool.
Acceptable Construction Manuals
The BCA definition of swimming pool is specific in including a bathing or wading pool and a spa. The requirements of AS 1926.3 apply to all types of pools defined as swimming pools under the BCA, irrespective of the definition in the Standard.
The swimming pool water recirculation system requirements seek to minimise the risk of entrapment or injury of people using the swimming pool and provide for the safe operation of skimmer boxes and outlet systems.
State and Territory Variations
State and Territory Variations
In New South Wales delete 188.8.131.52(a) and insert NSW 184.108.40.206(a) as follows:
- Performance RequirementP2.7.1 is satisfied for a swimming pool with a depth of water more than 300 mm and which is associated with a Class 1 building, if it has safety barriers installed in accordance with:
NSW Part 220.127.116.11(a) applies in New South Wales to the technical construction requirements for barriers to restrict access to swimming pools, subject to out-of-ground pool walls and the walls of above ground pools, including inflatable pools, not being considered to be effective barriers.
Note: The Swimming Pools Act 1992 and the Swimming Pools Regulation 2018, applicable to swimming pools with a depth of water of more than 300 mm, regulate the circumstances in which a barrier is required and prevail in the case of any inconsistency.
2. Part 18.104.22.168(a) does not apply in Queensland.
Note: Restriction of access to swimming pools in Queensland is regulated under the Building Act 1975.
3. Part 22.214.171.124(a) does not apply in the Northern Territory.
Note: Restriction of access to swimming pools in the Northern Territory is regulated under the Swimming Pool Safety Act.
4. In South Australia delete 126.96.36.199(b) and add SA 188.8.131.52(b) as follows:
- Performance RequirementP2.7.2 is satisfied for a water recirculation system of a swimming pool with a depth of water more than 300 mm, if it complies with AS 1926.3. For the purpose of clause 6.1.1 of AS 1926.3, a skimmer box is an outlet and must have a means of releasing the vacuum pressure should the suction become blocked.