Consumer Information Standards (Water Efficiency) Regulations 2010

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Consumer Information Standards (Water Efficiency) Regulations 2010

Anand Satyanand, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 29th day of March 2010

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

Pursuant to section 27 of the Fair Trading Act 1986, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, and on the recommendation of the Minister of Consumer Affairs given in accordance with section 27(3) of that Act, makes the following regulations.

Regulations

1 Title
  • These regulations are the Consumer Information Standards (Water Efficiency) Regulations 2010.

2 Commencement
  • These regulations come into force on 1 April 2011.

3 Interpretation
  • In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    AS/NZS 2007.1 means the Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2007.1:2005: Performance of household electrical appliances—Dishwashers, Part 1: Methods for measuring performance, energy and water consumption (ISBN 0–7337–7061–4)

    AS/NZS 2007.2 means the Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2007.2:2005: Performance of household electrical appliances—Dishwashers, Part 2: Energy efficiency labelling requirements (ISBN 0–7337–7058–4)

    AS/NZS 2040.1 means the Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2040.1:2005: Performance of household electrical appliances—Clothes washing machines, Part 1: Methods for measuring performance, energy and water consumption (ISBN 0–7337–7059–2)

    AS/NZS 2040.2 means the Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2040.2:2005: Performance of household electrical appliances—Clothes washing machines, Part 2: Energy efficiency labelling requirements (ISBN 0–7337–7060–6)

    AS/NZS 3662 means the Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3662:2005: Performance of showers for bathing, as reissued incorporating amendments January 2009 (ISBN 0–7337–6642–0)

    AS/NZS 3718 means the Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3718:2005: Water supply—Tap ware, as reissued December 2008 (ISBN 0–7337–6738–9)

    AS/NZS 6400 means the Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 6400:2005: Water efficient products—Rating and labelling, as reissued incorporating amendments December 2006 (ISBN 0–7337–6717–6)

    model means a range of items of the same brand of water-using equipment where each item has the same water efficiency performance characteristics

    rated capacity means, in relation to a dishwasher, the number of complete place settings, as defined in clause 1.4.8 of AS/NZS 2007.1, that the manufacturer claims can be cleaned and dried when loaded in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and with sections 4.3 and 5.2 of AS/NZS 2007.1

    rated load capacity means, in relation to a clothes washing machine, the maximum mass of normally soiled cotton (to the nearest 0.5 kg) that the manufacturer claims can be treated by the clothes washing machine in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZS 2040.1

    star rating means, in relation to water-using equipment, the number of stars to which that equipment is entitled, ascertained in accordance with the requirements for that equipment set out in Schedule 1

    stated wash programme means the wash programme used to determine water efficiency, being,—

    • (a) in relation to a dishwasher, the programme, including all associated specific settings, nominated by the person commissioning the testing, to wash a normally soiled load at rated capacity in accordance with subclause 2.2.1 of AS/NZ 2007.2 with the exception of compliance with the performance criteria specified in that subclause; and

    • (b) in relation to a clothes washing machine, the programme, including all associated specific settings, nominated by the person commissioning the testing, to wash a normally soiled cotton load at rated load capacity, in accordance with subclause 2.2.1 of AS/NZ 2040.2 with the exception of compliance with the performance criteria specified in that section

    water consumption means, in relation to water-using equipment, the water consumption of that equipment ascertained in accordance with the requirements for that equipment set out in Schedule 1

    water-using equipment means the following equipment (within the meaning given to each in AS/NZS 6400):

    • (a) clothes washing machines:

    • (b) dishwashers:

    • (c) lavatory equipment:

    • (d) showers:

    • (e) tap equipment:

    • (f) urinal equipment (except for waterless urinals).

4 Application
  • (1) On and from 1 April 2011, these regulations apply to water-using equipment that was or is—

    • (a) manufactured in New Zealand on or after 1 April 2011; or

    • (b) imported into New Zealand on or after 1 April 2011.

    (2) On and from 1 April 2013, these regulations apply to all water-using equipment.

    (3) However, these regulations do not apply to water-using equipment that has been used by a person in New Zealand.

    (4) In subclause (3), equipment is not used by a person by reason only that the person acquired the equipment for the purpose of resupplying it in trade.

Consumer information standards for water efficiency

5 Consumer information standards for water efficiency

Labelling of water-using equipment when supplied or physically displayed

6 Labelling of water-using equipment with star rating of 1 or more stars
  • Water-using equipment that has a star rating of 1 or more stars must, when supplied or physically displayed for supply, have the following displayed in a way that is easily readable and clearly visible and attributable to the equipment:

    • (a) for all packaged equipment, a label in the form required for that equipment by Part 1 of Schedule 2 displayed on the packaging:

    • (b) for unpackaged clothes washing machines and dishwashers, a label in the form required for that equipment by Part 1 of Schedule 2 displayed in the manner set out for that equipment in Schedule 3:

    • (c) for unpackaged lavatory equipment, showers, tap equipment, or urinal equipment, either—

      • (i) a label in the form required for that equipment by Part 1 of Schedule 2 displayed—

        • (A) in the manner set out for that equipment in Schedule 3; or

        • (B) in accordance with section B.2 of Annex B of AS/NZS 6400; or

      • (ii) both of the following phrases:

        • (A) the phrase water efficiency together with the star rating; and

        • (B) the phrase water consumption together with the water consumption:

    • (d) for showers and tap equipment, the intended water supply pressure (that is, mains pressure or low/unequal pressure).

7 Labelling of water-using equipment with star rating of zero stars
  • Water-using equipment that has a star rating of zero stars must, when supplied or physically displayed for supply, have the following displayed in a way that is easily readable and clearly visible and attributable to the equipment:

    • (a) for all packaged equipment, a label in the form required for that equipment by Part 2 of Schedule 2 displayed on the packaging:

    • (b) for unpackaged clothes washing machines and dishwashers, a label in the form required for that equipment by Part 2 of Schedule 2 displayed in the manner set out for that equipment in Schedule 3:

    • (c) for unpackaged lavatory equipment, showers, tap equipment, or urinal equipment, either—

      • (i) a label in the form required for that equipment by Part 2 of Schedule 2 displayed—

        • (A) in the manner set out for that equipment in Schedule 3; or

        • (B) in accordance with section B.2 of Annex B of AS/NZS 6400; or

      • (ii) both of the following phrases:

        • (A) the phrase WATER WARNING in capital letters; and

        • (B) the phrase NOT WATER EFFICIENT when tested in accordance with AS/NZS 6400 (with the first 3 words in capital letters).

8 Information on labels must comply with information labelling requirements specified in Schedule 1
  • A label that is required to be displayed on water-using equipment by regulation 6 or 7 must comply with any applicable information labelling requirements specified in Schedule 1.

9 Additional information requirements for equipment requiring ancillary components to achieve stated star rating or water consumption
  • Lavatory equipment, showers, tap equipment, or urinal equipment that requires an ancillary component or ancillary components to achieve its stated star rating or water consumption must, when supplied, have the following information identified in a way that is attributable to the equipment:

    • (a) the ancillary component or components; and

    • (b) any assembly or installation instructions for that component or those components; and

    • (c) the advice that the components and equipment described in paragraphs (a) and (b) are required for the lavatory equipment, showers, tap equipment, or urinal equipment to achieve its stated star rating or water consumption.

10 Showers and tap equipment may display reduced-size label
  • Showers and tap equipment (whether packaged or unpackaged) may display a reduced-size label (see variations of AS/NZS 6400 figures B2 and B10 illustrated in Schedule 2) if the full-size label does not fit on the equipment or its packaging.

11 Labelling requirements satisfied by compliance with AS/NZS 6400
  • Water-using equipment that is labelled in compliance with AS/NZS 6400 is to be treated as complying with the requirements of regulations 6 to 9.

Information requirements when offering to supply on Internet

12 Information requirements when offering to supply on Internet
  • (1) Offers to supply water-using equipment on an Internet site must contain one of the following in a way that is easily readable and clearly visible and attributable to the equipment:

    • (a) a reproduction of the label referred to in regulation 6 or 7 that would be required to be displayed when the water-using equipment is supplied or physically displayed for supply; or

    • (b) for water-using equipment that has a star rating of zero stars, both of the following phrases:

      • (i) the phrase WATER WARNING in capital letters; and

      • (ii) the phrase NOT WATER EFFICIENT when tested in accordance with AS/NZS 6400 (with the first 3 words in capital letters); or

    • (c) for water-using equipment with a star rating of 1 or more stars, all of the following phrases and information:

      • (i) the phrase water efficiency together with the star rating; and

      • (ii) the phrase water consumption together with the water consumption; and

      • (iii) in the case of a dishwasher, the rated capacity before the phrase place settings; and

      • (iv) in the case of a clothes washing machine, the rated load capacity before the expression kg; and

      • (v) in the case of a shower or tap equipment, the intended water supply pressure (that is, mains pressure or low/unequal pressure).

    (2) Offers to supply dishwashers or clothes washing machines on an Internet site must also display the stated wash programme in a way that is easily readable and clearly visible and attributable to the equipment.

    (3) A label referred to in subclause (1)(a) may be scaled up or down on the Internet site, provided it is still easily readable and clearly visible.


Schedule 1
Information labelling requirements

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Clothes washing machines
Brand name Identify the model's brand name, for example, the trading name of the model's manufacturer or other identifier.
Model identifier Identify the model concerned, for example, by a model number or another identifier.
Star rating State the model's star rating, after calculating it in accordance with subclauses 2.3.3 and 2.3.5 of AS/NZS 6400, except that subclause 2.3.3 is varied as follows:
 

Omit 4 and substitute 3.

Add The water extraction index requirements in clause 3.4 of AS/NZS 2040.2 are optional.

 
Water consumption State the model's water consumption, after calculating it in accordance with subclause 2.3.4 of AS/NZS 6400.
Rated load capacity State the model's rated load capacity before the expression kg.
Stated wash programme 

Identify the wash programme used to determine the water efficiency of the clothes washing machine at its rated load capacity.

Dishwashers
Brand name Identify the model's brand name, for example, the trading name of the model's manufacturer or other identifier.
Model identifier Identify the model concerned, for example, by a model number or another identifier.
Star rating State the model's star rating, after calculating it in accordance with subclauses 2.2.3 and 2.2.5 of AS/NZS 6400, except that subclause 2.2.3 is varied as follows:
 

Add The drying index requirements in clause 3.5 of AS/NZS 2007.2 are optional.

 
Water consumption State the model's water consumption, after calculating it in accordance with subclause 2.2.4 of AS/NZS 6400.
Rated capacity State the model's rated capacity before the expression place settings.
Stated wash programme 

Identify the wash programme used to determine the water efficiency of the dishwasher at its rated capacity.

Lavatory equipment
Brand name Identify the model's brand name, for example, the trading name of the model's manufacturer or other identifier.
Model identifier Identify the model concerned, for example, by a model number or another identifier.
Star rating State the model's star rating, after calculating it in accordance with subclauses 2.4.3 and 2.4.5 of AS/NZS 6400, except that subclause 2.4.3 is varied as follows:
  

Omit The water consumption of lavatory equipment shall not exceed 5.5 L, when determined in accordance with subclause 2.4.4.

Replace Not applicable in Item 6, 0 Stars (warning) in Table 3.2 of AS/NZS 6400, with For single flush cisterns with a discharge flush volume greater than 5.5 L and For dual-flush cisterns an average flush volume greater than 5.5 L.

 
 
Water consumption State the model's water consumption, after calculating it in accordance with subclause 2.4.4 of AS/NZS 6400, in the form of,—
  for single flush cisterns, litres per full flush; and
  for dual-flush cisterns, 3 figures, being litres per full flush, litres per half flush, and average flush.
Showers
Brand name Identify the model's brand name, for example, the trading name of the model's manufacturer or other identifier.
Model identifier Identify the model concerned, for example, by a model number or another identifier.
Star rating 

State the model's star rating, after calculating it in accordance with subclauses 2.1.3 and 2.1.5 of AS/NZS 6400, except that subclause 2.1.3 is varied as follows:

  

Omit registered as in both places where it appears.

Add For showers supplied or offered for supply for use where the water supply is of low or unequal pressure, the testing must be carried out using a stabilised dynamic flow pressure of 35 kPa. The results must be interpreted in accordance with AS/NZS 3662, where the average flow rate at that pressure is to be treated as the nominal flow rate.

Water consumption State the model's water consumption, after calculating it in accordance with subclause 2.1.4 of AS/NZS 6400, except that subclause 2.1.4 is varied as follows:
  

Add For showers supplied or offered for supply for use where the water supply is of low or unequal pressure, the water consumption is taken to be the average flow rate (determined in accordance with AS/NZS 3662) at a stabilised dynamic flow pressure of 35 kPa.

Tap equipment
Brand name Identify the model's brand name, for example, the trading name of the model's manufacturer or other identifier.
Model identifier Identify the model concerned, for example, by a model number or another identifier.
Star rating 

State the model's star rating, after calculating it in accordance with subclauses 2.6.3 and 2.6.5 of AS/NZS 6400, except that subclause 2.6.3 is varied as follows:

  

Add For tap equipment supplied or offered for supply for use where the water supply is of low or unequal pressure, the testing must be carried out using a stabilised dynamic flow pressure of 35 kPa. The results must be interpreted in accordance with AS/NZS 3718, where the average flow rate at that pressure is to be treated as the nominal flow rate.

Water consumption State the model's water consumption, after calculating it in accordance with subclause 2.6.4 of AS/NZS 6400, except that subclause 2.6.4 is varied as follows:
  

Add For tap equipment supplied or offered for supply for use where the water supply is of low or unequal pressure, the water consumption is taken to be the average flow rate (determined in accordance with AS/NZS 3718) at a stabilised dynamic flow pressure of 35kPa.

Urinal equipment  
Brand name Identify the model's brand name, for example, the trading name of the model's manufacturer or other identifier.
Model identifier Identify the model concerned, for example, by a model number or another identifier.
Star rating State the model's star rating, after calculating it in accordance with subclauses 2.5.3 and 2.5.5 of AS/NZS 6400.
Water consumption State the model's water consumption, after calculating it in accordance with subclause 2.5.4 of AS/NZS 6400.

Schedule 2
Labels

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Part 1
Labels for water-using equipment with star rating of 1 or more stars

Clothes washing machines

Clothes washing machine labels must comply with subclauses B.3.1 and B.3.4 and clause B.4 of AS/NZS 6400 and be in the format and dimensions indicated in figure B5 or B6 of AS/NZS 6400, except that—

  • (a) the following rules apply:

    • (i) the number of shaded stars or half stars must be equivalent to the model's star rating; and

    • (ii) the portion of the background arch directly behind the shaded star or stars must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513) or monochrome if permitted by clause B.4; and

    • (iii) the background to the section above the bottom dark blue section must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513); and

    • (iv) the dimensions and font sizes within the light blue section, but not the height of the light blue section itself, may be adjusted to the extent reasonably necessary to accommodate the variations illustrated below:

  • (b) figure B5 is varied as illustrated:

    .
  • (c) figure B6 is varied as illustrated:

    .
Dishwashers

Dishwasher labels must comply with subclauses B.3.1 and B.3.3 and clause B.4 of AS/NZS 6400, and be in the format and dimensions indicated in figure B3 or B4 of AS/NZS 6400, except that—

  • (a) the following rules apply:

    • (i) the number of shaded stars or half stars must be equivalent to the model's star rating; and

    • (ii) the portion of the background arch directly behind the shaded star or stars must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513) or monochrome if permitted by clause B.4; and

    • (iii) the background to the section above the bottom dark blue section must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513); and

    • (iv) the dimensions and font sizes within the light blue section, but not the height of the light blue section itself, may be adjusted to the extent reasonably necessary to accommodate the variations illustrated below:

  • (b) figure B3 is varied as illustrated:

    .
  • (c) figure B4 is varied as illustrated:

    .
Lavatory equipment

Lavatory equipment labels must comply with subclauses B.3.1 and B.3.5 and clause B.4 of AS/NZS 6400, and be in the format and dimensions indicated in figure B7 of AS/NZS 6400, except that—

  • (a) the following rules apply:

    • (i) the number of shaded stars or half stars must be equivalent to the model's star rating; and

    • (ii) the portion of the background arch directly behind the shaded star or stars must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513) or monochrome if permitted by clause B.4; and

    • (iii) the background to the section above the bottom dark blue section must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513); and

    • (iv) the dimensions and font sizes within the light blue section, but not the height of the light blue section itself, may be adjusted to the extent reasonably necessary to accommodate the variations illustrated below:

  • (b) figure B7 is varied as illustrated:

    .
Showers

Shower labels must comply with subclauses B.3.1 and B.3.2 and clause B.4 of AS/NZS 6400, and be in the format and dimensions indicated in figure B1 or B2 of AS/NZS 6400, except that—

  • (a) the following rules apply:

    • (i) the number of shaded stars or half stars must be equivalent to the model's star rating; and

    • (ii) the portion of the background arch directly behind the shaded star or stars must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513) or monochrome if permitted by clause B.4; and

    • (iii) the background to the section above the bottom dark blue section must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513); and

    • (iv) the dimensions and font sizes within the light blue section, but not the height of the light blue section itself, may be adjusted to the extent reasonably necessary to accommodate the variations illustrated below:

  • (b) figure B1 is varied as illustrated for equipment intended for use in mains pressure systems:

    .
  • (c) figure B1 is varied as illustrated for equipment intended for use in low or unequal pressure systems:

    .
  • (d) figure B2 is varied as illustrated for equipment intended for use in mains pressure systems:

    .
  • (e) figure B2 is varied as illustrated for equipment intended for use in low or unequal pressure systems:

    .
Tap equipment

Tap equipment labels must comply with subclauses B.3.1 and B.3.7 and clause B.4 of AS/NZS 6400, and be in the format and dimensions indicated in figure B9 or B10 of AS/NZS 6400, except that—

  • (a) the following rules apply:

    • (i) the number of shaded stars or half stars must be equivalent to the model's star rating; and

    • (ii) the portion of the background arch directly behind the shaded star or stars must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513) or monochrome if permitted by clause B.4; and

    • (iii) the background to the section above the bottom dark blue section must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513); and

    • (iv) the dimensions and font sizes within the light blue section, but not the height of the light blue section itself, may be adjusted to the extent reasonably necessary to accommodate the variations illustrated below:

  • (b) subclause B.3.7 is varied by omitting all references to flow controllers:

  • (c) figure B9 is varied as illustrated for equipment intended for use in mains pressure systems:

    .
  • (d) figure B9 is varied as illustrated for equipment intended for use in low or unequal pressure systems:

    .
  • (e) figure B10 is varied as illustrated for equipment intended for use in mains pressure systems:

    .
  • (f) figure B10 is varied as illustrated for equipment intended for use in low or unequal pressure systems:

    .
Urinal equipment

Urinal equipment labels must comply with subclauses B.3.1 and B.3.6 and clause B.4 of AS/NZS 6400, and be in the format and dimensions indicated in figure B8 of AS/NZS 6400, except that—

  • (a) the following rules apply:

    • (i) the number of shaded stars or half stars must be equivalent to the model's star rating; and

    • (ii) the portion of the background arch directly behind the shaded star or stars must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513) or monochrome if permitted by clause B.4; and

    • (iii) the background to the section above the bottom dark blue section must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513); and

    • (iv) the dimensions and font sizes within the light blue section, but not the height of the light blue section itself, may be adjusted to the extent reasonably necessary to accommodate the variations illustrated below:

  • (b) figure B8 is varied as illustrated:

    .

Part 2
Labels for water-using equipment with star rating of zero stars

Labels for water-using equipment with a star rating of zero stars must comply with subclauses B.3.1 and B.3.8 and clause B.4 of AS/NZS 6400, and be in the format and dimensions indicated in figure B11 or B12 of AS/NZS 6400, except that—

  • (a) the following rules apply:

    • (i) the background to the section above the bottom dark blue section must be shaded light blue (Pantone 5513); and

    • (ii) the dimensions and font sizes within the light blue section, but not the height of the light blue section itself, may be adjusted to the extent reasonably necessary to accommodate the variations illustrated below; and

    • (iii) figures B11 and B12 are varied by replacing Does not comply with AS/NZS 6400 with not water efficient and by replacing a joint government and industry program with the more stars the more water efficient:

  • (b) figure B11 is also varied as illustrated:

    .
  • (c) figure B12 is also varied as illustrated:

    .

Schedule 3
Placement of labels for unpackaged equipment

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1 Clothes washing machines
  • The label must be—

    • (a) affixed to the clothes washing machine; or

    • (b) on both sides of a swing tag affixed to the clothes washing machine.

2 Dishwashers
  • The label must be—

    • (a) affixed to the dishwasher; or

    • (b) on both sides of a swing tag affixed to the dishwasher.

3 Lavatory equipment
  • The label must be—

    • (a) affixed to the lavatory equipment; or

    • (b) on both sides of a swing tag affixed to the lavatory equipment; or

    • (c) placed adjacent to the lavatory equipment on any display for the equipment.

4 Showers
  • The label must be—

    • (a) affixed to the shower; or

    • (b) on both sides of a swing tag affixed to the shower; or

    • (c) placed adjacent to the shower on any display for the shower.

5 Tap equipment
  • The label must be—

    • (a) affixed to the tap equipment; or

    • (b) on both sides of a swing tag affixed to the tap equipment; or

    • (c) placed adjacent to the tap equipment on any display for the tap equipment.

6 Urinal equipment
  • The label must be—

    • (a) affixed to the urinal equipment (which may include placement on its flushing mechanism); or

    • (b) on both sides of a swing tag affixed to the urinal equipment; or

    • (c) placed adjacent to the urinal equipment on any display for the equipment.

Rebecca Kitteridge,
Clerk of the Executive Council.


Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which come into force on 1 April 2011, prescribe consumer information standards for clothes washing machines, dishwashers, lavatory equipment, showers, tap equipment, and urinal equipment (the equipment).

The regulations apply, on and from 1 April 2011, to unused equipment manufactured in or imported into New Zealand on or after that date.

On and from 1 April 2013, these regulations will apply to all unused equipment.

The regulations require the labelling of equipment when it is supplied or physically displayed. The labelling requirements depend on whether the equipment is packaged or unpackaged, and there is a text alternative for a label for unpackaged lavatory equipment, showers, tap equipment, and urinal equipment. Any ancillary component necessary to achieve the water efficiency of the equipment must be identified, along with assembly or installation instructions, when the equipment is supplied.

The regulations also require that offers to supply equipment on an Internet site must contain certain information about water efficiency.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 1 April 2010.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Economic Development.