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NSDO is launched, NS MP101 is published and two draft Standards for masonry products issued for public comments.

Mar 17

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National Standards Development Organisation is launched, publishes a Miscellaneous Publication on the life-cycle impact assessment (LCIA) and issues a two draft Standards on the Labelling and Declaration of Environmental Attributes of Masonry Building Products for public comment

In February 2014, as one of Australia’s private and independent standard developers, National Standards Pty Limited published 10 standards covering the governance and administrative arrangements for ecolabelling and environmental declaration of building products. “While these standards are essential to set the scene, they need to be complemented by specific product category standards that can be applied to award Type 1 ecolabels and issue Type 111 environmental product declarations. The first of these specific standards for masonry products have now been issued for public comment and are complemented the LCIA Miscellaneous Publication on which the 2 draft standards are based. This is a major step for National Standards” commented Herve Michoux, the outgoing CEO of National Standards.

“This development puts ‘meat on the bones’ of the NS 11000 series of standards and coincides with the formation of a new not-for-profit National Standard Development Organisation Limited (NSDO) whose membership and control rests with the stakeholders involved in the development and use of National Standards. This new company limited by guarantee is governed by an independent board elected by the membership and, while taking over all the intellectual property, processes and procedures of National Standards Pty, NSDO will operate independently from the former owner of the private company National Standards Pty Ltd. The issue to public review of these two new standards comes and the publication of the accompanying LCIA Miscellaneous Publication sets NSDO off and running and we look forward to the use of these documents by the masonry industry ” added Peter Walsh the current Chairperson of Committee PP-20 and CEO and Interim Chairman of NSDO. 

“With the publication of the miscellaneous publication and the issue of these 2 draft standards, Australia now has an embryo national system to ensure there is consistent assessment, reporting and rating of environmental attributes in the building products sector. Many additional specific building product standards need to be developed to correct the current confusion and inconsistency that has resulting in a devaluation of ecolabelling in the marketplace. This is currently a significant weakness as all of the standards currently contain different criteria and how conformity to them is assessed” said Kathy Burton, the Project Manager of National Standards Committee PP-20 that is undertaking this work.

Copies of the following 2 draft standards may be downloaded free of charge with the public comment period being open until 17 May 2014 and all comment are welcomed:

  •  Draft NS 11101.1: Labelling and declaration of environmental attributes of building products—Type 1 Product category ecolabel standard – Masonry products
  • Draft NS 11101.2: Labelling and declaration of environmental attributes of building products—Type 111 Environmental product labelling standard – Masonry products

 The drafts of NS 11101.1 and NS 11101.2 that are open for comment need to be read in conjunction with the other NS 11000 series standards that may also be downloaded free of charge (for a limited time) from

 Likewise the following miscellaneous publication can also be downloaded for a nominal charge:

  • NS MP 101  2014: Masonry Product Category Baseline Assessment (PCBA)

The public comment phase is open until 17 May 2014 and we will welcome comments and input. Stakeholders can register (free) to download the documents at 

Contact National Standards Pty Ltd on 02 9886 0233 or

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