In this article we will be covering the planning, design, construction, installation and pool safety laws when it comes to Concrete Pools in Brisbane & Queensland.
CONCRETE POOL CONSIDERATIONS
CONCRETE POOL PLANNING
SHAPE AND SIZE OF THE CONCRETE POOL
Planning the size and shape of the pool is an important factor when planning the process of a new pool.
1. How does the design of the pool fit into the property?
2. Are there any pool licensing and regulative requirements that may rule out the positioning or location where you want to lay the concrete pool? (See the section on Pool Safety Laws below)
3. Will the shape, size and position impact the costs for the installation of the pool?
4. If I put the pool near a tree will there be more pool maintenance required?
5. Consideration for Pool fencing.
What type of fence will be suitable and aesthetics of the pool and surrounding areas.
Pool fence safety & regulations - refer to the QLD pool safety regulations.
Pool fence inspections - How to book a Be Safe Pool fence Inspection .
Cost of the fence.
note: Local governments have the power to investigate compliance with pool safety standards and can issue fines.
6. Are you planning a new house build as well as a concrete pool?
Consideration is required for the over all plan in terms of timing & scheduling of other trades such as builders, electricians, concreting & plumbers . Planning all contractors and trades ensures everyone will know when to attend site. As a result, this will help ensure a smooth and timely build process.
POOL INSTALLATION TIMING
1. Booking ahead will ensure the timing of your pool installation goes as plan.
2. There is a high demand in summer for pool installations. As a result, booking a pool contractor during summer maybe a hard task. So consideration for the build outside the hotter months may make it easier to secure your pool install to meet timeframes for readiness of the following summer.
3. Are you planning a house build at the same time ? Consider the logistics, planning and scheduling of the appropriate contractors and trades and the right times in the build process.
When selecting the design of your concrete pool you must consider the shape, size and location of the pool. These factors will impact the build length and cost of the pool install.
POOL CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION STEPS
Earthworks and drainage for the construction of concrete swimming pools.
Place and fix reinforcement for the construction of concrete swimming pools.
Construct formwork for concrete swimming pools.
Place and finish concrete or other materials to provide a shape or form for concrete swimming pools.
Ancillary pipework including general filtration, sanitation, water chemistry, solar heating and basic hydraulics for concrete swimming pools.
Landscaping works associated with the construction of concrete swimming pools Including pool fencing and paving.
Ceramic tiling, painting, coping and internal finishes associated with the construction of concrete swimming pools.
Prepare plans and specifications for concrete swimming pools that are:
for the licensee's personal use, or
for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.
Install pool accessories, including, for example, pool heating systems.
QUEENSLAND POOL SAFETY LAWS
POOL SAFETY LEGISLATION
In December 2010, the Queensland Government implemented Australia’s most stringent QLD Pool Safety Legislation that requires any house being sold or leased having a pool safety certificate. This new legislation aims to reduce backyard drownings and injuries sustained by children in swimming pools. Between January 2004 and May 2010, 35 children under 5 drowned in Queensland swimming pools.
The pool safety standard covers such things as the height and strength of barriers, mandatory non-climbable zones, gates and their latching requirements and preventing direct access from a building into a pool area.
POOL SAFETY CERTIFICATE
A Pool Safety Certificate is provided by a licensed Pool Fence Inspector to show that the pool fencing and gates comply with the pool safety regulations, and are safe for children. Safety certificates are only be issued by a licensed pool inspector and are in effect for two years for private non shared pools or 1 year for a shared pool.
A Pool Safety Certificate is only issued with the Pool Safety Inspector deems the fence complies with the Queensland Pool Safety Legislation. If non-compliant, you will be issued with a notice of non-compliance and report outlining the reasons why your pool fence is non-compliant and solutions to rectify said issues. A list of pool fence diagrams is available to help assist you in maintaining a compliant pool fence.
POOL SAFETY CHECKLIST
Before arranging a pool inspection its a great idea to look at QBCC interactive checklist which is designed to help you understand the requirements of the pool fencing regulations and allow for simple pool fencing issues to be address prior to the inspection.