Issue 73 FMA Online, March 2015


CEO Message

As we move through the New Year, the Association has been focused on the taking the next step on our journey to deliver great member value. In the coming weeks, our new website will be launched and members will be invited to experience new ways to engage with the Association. Although this has been a big task, it has not stopped us from continuing to deliver on our regular services. Providing feedback to government on issues such as the Commercial Building Disclosure program, and the strategic review of NABERS, has continued to be a focus during the period, as has the continuing professional development program with the R22 seminars.

As we move through the year, the Association will be soon releasing the most recent salary survey results for members – a publication that always draws a great deal of interest from the industry.

FMA is currently looking to renew its strategic plan, and consultation with members and key stakeholders will start to occur in coming months. This will allow direct input into the future direction of the association.

We are also in the final stages of organising the national conference, and the program has been released. This year’s program provides an excellent balance of technical and strategic content relevant to the industry. It is also a good opportunity to touch base with colleagues you may not have seen for some time. I look forward to seeing you there.

Nicholas Burt
Chief Executive Officer

Edition sponsor & featured content

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Non-invasive pipe rehabilitation alternatives

Damaged sewerage, stormwater, trade waste, potable water and fire system pipes have typically been repaired by the traditional methods of ‘excavate and replace’. Little thought has ever been given to non-invasive rehabilitation technologies that apply to so many other aspects of our lives.

Over time, all drain pipes systems develop problems, begin to fail and require attention. Replacing those pipes comes with the need to dig through floors, walls and car parks, which can be very time-consuming, costly and disruptive; however, this can be avoided by using non-invasive technologies, where the pipes are cleared and epoxy resin is installed in order to rehabilitate failing lines and to strengthen weakened areas.

Nuflow Technologies offers comprehensive pipe repair and pipe relining solutions across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. Whether you need to fix a blocked drain or are looking for a pipe relining service, Nuflow's experienced technicians are ready to assist you.

Nuflow's Blueline and Redline technologies are able to repair leaking sewerage pipes, leaking stormwater pipes and leaking water pipes without excavating any surfaces, providing minimal damage and high-quality service. The company's draining solutions are effective in drainage repair tasks and unblocking drains.

Blueline offers a structural repair and rehabilitation solution for a variety of drainage systems, including sewerage pipes, stormwater pipes and vertical drain stacks. Blueline can be used in all types of pipe, including clay, concrete, metal, iron, steel, PVC and fibreglass.

Blueline restores and maintains water flow and acts as a barrier between water and pipe walls that stops leaks, bridges gaps and spans holes in the pipe. Blueline is a seamless, joint-free pipe repair process that is used to rehabilitate blocked drains and deteriorating sewer and stormwater pipes. Blueline is the ideal long-term solution for pipe leaks and breaks, drain blockages, root intrusion, calcium build-up, water damage and sewer backups.

As a non-invasive pipe rehabilitation process, Blueline cost-effectively restores deteriorated and failing underground or in-building pipe systems. Nuflow's Blueline pull-in-place technology is uniquely capable of restoring pipes in diameters from 40 millimetres to 1000 millimetres within buildings, as well as underground and under building foundations.

Blueline allows the restoration of pipe systems with multiple bends, elbows, branches and transitions in pipe diameter all from existing access points. Nuflow are the specialists in Lateral Connection Liners (LCL) for any type of junction. Blueline repairs the whole junction in one process.We can reline any type of pipe, diameter or length combination. From 45 or 90 degrees.

What are the benefits?

  • Prevents root intrusion and stops leaks
  • Assists to prevent blocked drains
  • Increases water flow
  • No digging or destruction
  • Offers the structural strength of new pipes
  • Alternative to drain replacement

How does the Blueline system work?

  1. Before any relining takes place, the drains must first be inspected and surveyed. We use a pipe camera to identify and locate the cause of the problem. The drain is then cleared using high-pressure water jets; once the blockage is cleared, the pipe is then ready for the liner installation.
  2. Nuflow's liner is custom-made from fabric that is impregnated with specially formulated two part epoxy resin that sets hard, becoming a structural repair, in a matter of hours, allowing minimal disruption and inconvenience.
  3. Once the liner is tailor-made and prepared, it is inserted into your drain via any opening in the drain. It is positioned in place with a camera and inflated, forcing the liner to take the shape of the pipe filling voids or cracks, and lining over any damaged section. After a curing period, the internal bladder of the liner is removed, completing the process and making the drain ready for use immediately.

For pipe lining restoration, the Redline technology coats the inner part of your galvanised or copper pipe to prevent future leaks and corrosion. Our technology also protects your water from contaminates leaching from your piping.

Redline is an epoxy coating that is used for the restoration of plumbing, and mechanical systems. It is a non-invasive process that uses epoxy to coat the inside walls of pipes without destruction to interior or exterior surfaces of building structures, hardscape, or landscape.

As a non-invasive pipe rehabilitation process, Redline can be used not only as a long-term solution to prevent corrosion and pinhole leaks, but as a preventative tool to preserve the life of existing piping systems.

Redline is suitable for use in host pipes that are designed to hold pressure, from hot and cold drinking water lines to air and water systems, heating and cooling lines. Redline is designed to rehabilitate pipes consisting of materials including metal, iron and steel. Nuflow can Redline 1 to 1000 metres.

Nuflow is proud to offer Redline as a potable pipe-lining technology. This simple but highly effective cured-in-place pipe restoration system completely coats the inside of your copper or galvanised pipe. The process prevents future leaks, and protects your water from lead and other contaminates leached from your piping.

Pipes with a nominal bore reduced to as little as 20 per cent can be cleaned back out to nearly its full potential, then coated to reinstate its integrity, extending the life of your asset exponentially.

What are the benefits?

  • Safe and durable
  • Cost-effective
  • Minimal downtime compared to re-piping
  • Minimal disruption and no occupant displacement
  • Versatility in applications
  • Prevents future pin hole leaks and corrosion

How does the Redline process work?

  1. To prepare the pipe system for Redline, the pipes are blasted with garnet until the pipe is clear of any corrosion. This is collected and disposed of, according to Nuflow’s environmental policy.
  2. Once this has been completed, epoxy is blown into cleaned pipes, forming a safe, evenly coated permanent barrier between pipe walls and the product in the pipe. This prevents future corrosion and pinhole leaks forming.
  3. The cause of your pressure pipe problem is identified through water pressure tests and water flow tests. Once this is completed, the pipe system is traced. 


General News

Standards Australia endorses move for Management System Standard

Standards Australia’s mirror committee for ISO TC 267 – Facilities Management endorsed a proposal to develop a Management System Standard (MSS). The MSS is expected to form a new part to the international standards for facilities management.

The purpose of the new part is to develop requirements for individual organisations establishing and managing an integrated management system standard for the practice of facilities management.

FMA is supportive of this measure, being part of the group of organisations advocating for the development of the MSS. FMA continues to take a leading role through our involvement with Standards Australia, and will keep members updated as the standards progress.

For more information, please visit the Standards Australia website at

National Construction Code now available online for free

In accordance with the direction of the Australian Building Minister’s Forum, the 2015 National Construction Code is now accessible online, free of charge.

Since February 2015, registered users have been able to access a free preview of the 2015 NCC, which will take effect from 1 May 2015. To register and view the 2015 NCC now, visit the Australian Building Codes Board website at and follow the links.

NABERS Governance review

To ensure that NABERS adheres to best practice governance principles and maintains an efficient and effective governing body, the administrating body of NABERS is undertaking a governance review.

As a participating member of the NABERS Stakeholder Advisory Committee, FMA has been invited to participate in the NABERS Governance review. As such, FMA requests that all stakeholders with feedback and suggestions write to our Policy and Research team at

ideaction.2015, Early Bird bookings now extended

Once again the facilities management industry will come to together to share information and build knowledge at ideaction.2015, the Facilities Management National Conference and Exhibition, in Adelaide from 27–27 May.

The theme for the 2015 conference, Changing the Game, articulates the constant need for the industry to proactively approach the many challenges it faces, including advances in technology, changes to legislation, and shifts in community expectations.

This year’s host city, Adelaide, is also a great example of a built environment that is Changing the Game. ideaction.2015 will be one of the first conferences to be held in the newly rebuilt Adelaide Convention Centre, while the conference will also be taking advantage of the new Adelaide Oval, and site tours will include some of the most advanced facilities in the country.

With early bird registrations extended to 23 March, there is still time to get a great deal on this important event.

Visit for full program details and to register.

World FM day to highlight resilience

10 June 2015 is World FM Day – a time when facilities management professionals take a moment to reflect on their past achievements, while many embrace the opportunity to connect with other FMs in celebration. The theme this year is ‘Building Resilience for the Future’, which is something facilities managers do every day for business, for the economy and for society through:

  • risk and business continuity
  • sustainability
  • energy management.

With events taking place around the world between 8 and 12 June, FMA is currently organising events for Australia and will be inviting all industry stakeholders to attend. Keep an eye out for FMA e-newsletter updates, or for more information, visit our World FM Day page.

ERF auction dates announced

The Clean Energy Regulator recently announced that the first Emissions Reduction Fund auction will open on Wednesday 15 April 2015 and run until 5.00 pm AEST on Thursday 16 April 2015.

Combined with a two-day bidding window, this notice period will allow bidders to approach the first auction with the confidence that they have time to follow the registration steps and prepare a competitive bid.

The auction guidelines, forms, contract and extensive guidance material will be made available on the Clean Energy Regulator website, along with training in how to register for the auction and lodge a bid.

For more information, visit