Frequently Asked Questions

Generic FAQ Listing

Answers to frequently asked questions relating to ICCONS, National Construction Code (NCC), Australian Standards (AS 5216:2018), and technical topics.

  • What is Australian Standard (AS) 5216:2018?

    AS 5216:2018 (Design of post-installed and cast-in fastenings in concrete) is an Australian Standard published by Standards Australia that outlines the minimum requirements for the selection, design, and assessment of cast-in anchor channel and post installed fasteners and now superseded by AS 5216:2021 which was published 23rd July 2021.

  • Does AS 5216:2018 apply to the building and construction industry?

    On May 1st 2019 the National Construction Code (NCC 2019) was updated to include AS 5216:2018 as a referenced document in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Volumes 1 & 2. {Ref. Vol. 1 clause B1.4 (b) (iii) and Vol. 2 clause 3.0.4 (e)}.

    AS 5216:2018 is the official document to follow when complying with the deemed–to–satisfy requirements of the NCC until the NCC is updated in 2022.

  • What is covered by AS 5216:2018?

    Post installed and cast in fastenings for 'Safety Critical' applications in concrete only.

  • What is a ‘safety-critical’ application?

    Where failure may result in collapse or partial collapse of the structure, endanger human life and/or cause considerable economic loss. A safety-critical application should be determined by a suitability qualified design engineer.

  • What isn't covered by AS 5216:2018?

    All other types of fastening design including seismic design, fire design and stress development of rebar (ref. to AS3600) etc… For applications outside the scope of AS 5216:2018 please refer to anchor manufacturers for guidance.

  • What’s new in AS 5216:2021?

    Australian Standard for the design of post-installed and cast-in fastenings in concrete, AS 5216 was updated in July 2021. AS 5216:2021 now includes the following additions:

    • Design of fastenings under seismic actions
    • Design of post-installed reinforcing bar connections
    • Design of redundant non-structural fasteners
    • Design of anchor channel loaded in shear in the longitudinal direction
  • Is AS 5216:2018 still valid?

    The current edition of the National Construction Code (NCC 2019) references AS 5216:2018 which meets the deemed-to-satisfy requirements of the NCC and remains valid until the NCC is updated.

  • Is AS 5216:2021 now mandatory?

    Australian Standards are voluntary documents and are only recommendations. Standards become mandatory (law) only if they are referenced in the NCC and/or other contractual documentation.

  • When will the National Construction code (NCC 2019) be updated?

    NCC 2022 is due for release late in the first half of 2022. NCC 2022 will come into effect in Australia from 1st September 2022. The ABCB, which publishes the NCC has approved AS 5216:2021 and it is expected that AS 5216:2021 will become a primary reference in NCC 2022 thus superseding all references to AS 5216:2018.

  • Can I use a fastener with an ETA (European Technical Assessment/Approval)?

    Yes, products that carry a current ETA comply with the requirements in AS 5216. A suitably qualified design engineer must determine the suitability of these fasteners prior to use.

  • Is any ETA approved product ok?

    No, ETA compliant products all have different levels of assessment and must be designed for a specific application by a suitably qualified design engineer responsible for the application.

  • I have been supplied a product that claims to have an ETA assessment, however, the product packaging and TDS (Technical Data Sheet) are different to the supplied ETA report, can I use the product?

    ETA assessed products should be clearly marked along with packaging and the TDS that identifies the ETA assessed product. This identification and traceability should correspond EXACTLY with the ETA number, supplier details and product markings listed in the product ETA. If a supplier cannot provide this clear traceability then you should return the product to the supplier immediately for a full refund.

  • Is an altered/edited ETA assessment valid for commercial use?

    ETA assessments should always be provided in original condition as issued by the independent technical authority, if you receive an ETA that has been altered or obscured of any information then this is deemed invalid and should be removed from circulation and reported to the relevant authority/ETA holder.

  • Can I use a non-ETA approved product?

    Yes, provided you; a) Follow an NCC Performance Solution (previously Alternative Solution method) and have the design engineer responsible for the application sign off on the data & product. b) Submit testing & certification report on the proposed product that states compliance with AS 5216 Appendix A.
    NCC, http://www.abcb.gov.au/Resources/Publications/Education-Training/Compliance-with-the-NCC

  • Can ICCONS help me with compliance to AS 5216?

    Yes, ICCONS has a comprehensive range of ETA assessed and AS 5216 compliant mechanical and chemical anchoring systems for post-installed applications, please refer to www.iccons.com.au

  • Do Brace Inserts need to comply with the Australian Standard?

    Brace inserts for bracing of concrete prefabricated panels must comply with AS 3850.1:2015 appendix A9. Refer to the ICCONS PBA20115 anchor.

  • Are temporary applications covered in AS 5216?

    No, temporary applications are not covered in AS 5216, please refer to product manufacturer/supplier for guidance.

  • How is the NCC enforced?

    NCC requirements are legally binding, governed by States and Territories Building Acts, and enforced by Building Certifiers / Surveyors.

  • Where does liability rest if a wrong fixing is used and something fails?

    Liability rests with everyone involved in the construction and building process. Designers must specify suitable products, contractors must source and use those products and suppliers/distributors must supply compliant products. Builders & Contractors must ensure sign-off by Building Certifiers. Those in the chain that do not comply make themselves legally liable!

  • As a distributor of post installed chemical and mechanical anchors, what are my obligations?

    Always ask your customer the question – Is your application “Safety Critical”??? If the answer is “YES” supply AS 5216 complaint fixings for all applications that are safety-critical. If your customer cannot ascertain if their fixing needs are safety-critical, simply supply a product that is AS 5216 compliant.

    Don’t take the risk!

  • Why should I use a PGM Certified drill bit?

    European Technical Approvals / Assessments (ETA’s) for anchors and their installation demands the use of suitable drill bits. Suitable drill bits can be identified under site conditions by simply looking for the PGM mark on the drill bit. The PGM mark is a symbol of quality and provides the installer with a correctly drilled hole for safe anchor installation.

  • What is ICCONS DesignFiX Software?

    ICCONS DesignFiX Software is a simple, intuitive and free to download (access at 'support and downloads') anchor design program for Design Engineers, Project Managers, Site Engineers and End Users. Complex mechanical or chemical heavy duty anchor arrangements can be calculated in minutes. All designs are ETA based and qualify under AS 5216:2018 which is now directly referenced in the 2019 National Construction Code.