New Zealand Building Code change for balustrades

What exactly does the change mean?

This change means any new structural glass barriers protecting a fall of one metre or more, will need one or more of the following to comply with B1/AS1;

1. An Interlinking Handrail that is connected to each glass pane or to a structural post or back to the building structure. The interlinking rail must be designed to resist serviceability limit state (SLS) loads, specified in AS/NZS 1170 B1/VM1, in the event that a glass pane of the barrier spontaneously breaks.

2. Toughened Laminated Safety Glass with features such as Clamps or Structural Silicone Joints between panes, which in the event of breakage will hold the panes in place.

3. Toughened laminated safety glass with a Stiff Interlayer, that prevents collapses in the case of both panes breaking.

These updates can be quite a lot of information to take in. But have no fear, if you have any questions, need some advice, or would like some more information about the new laws for balustrades do not hesitate to contact us at Glass and Window Solutions. We’re happy to help, after all that’s what we’re here for.

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