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AGA Fencing in Cairns invites you to examine and confirm that your provider for glass balustrading and pool fencing - and their products - meet, or even exceed, the requirements of all Government legislation and those of the Insurance Council of Australia.

AGA Fencing are fully licenced and will produce a quality product designed and manufactured to conform to, or exceed, all Australian Governmental and insurance standards.

For your convenience, AGA Fencing have provided this information regarding the Building Code of Australia (2016) and relevant Australian Standards to avoid any serious consequences associated with non-compliant operators.

AGA Fencing conform to all requirements. The following information may assist with understanding the requirements of the NCC 2016 Building Code of Australia (BCA) Volume Two (housing provisions), when using glass in a barrier.

This information should be used as a guide and AGA Fencing encourages you to read and understand these requirements when selecting glass as your preferred form of Balustrading or Pool Fencing.

AGA Fencing also encourages you to ensure that any contractor you select has the capability to provide these products and that they are fully compliant with all Government legislation and insurance requirements.

 

By choosing us for your project you can rest assured that the work performed meets all legal standards
AGA Fencing in Cairns are fully compliant with the Building Code of Australia

AGA Fencing confirms that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) considers a balustrade as a form of barrier. A continuous barrier must be provided along the side of any roof to which general access is provided, any stairway, ramp, floor, corridor, hallway, balcony, deck, veranda, mezzanine, access bridge or the like, and any delineated path of access to a building, if the trafficable surface is 1m or more above the surface beneath.

• Part 3.9.2 of the BCA contains the requirements for barriers and handrails (including glass) in Class 1 dwellings.

• A glass barrier must also comply with Australian Standard 1288 (AS1288).

Glass balustrade panels are identified as:

a) Structural balustrade panels, where the glass forms a structural component of the balustrade, or

b) Infill balustrade panels, where the glass acts as an infill panel only and the structural support is provided by another material (e.g. metal frame).

Glass as a pool barrier (fence)

If glass is to be used as part of a swimming pool barrier (fence), it must meet AS 1926.1 pool fencing requirements and be designed and certified to comply with AS1288.

If the glass pool fence also constitutes a barrier as required by Part 3.9.2 of the BCA, it must comply with either Section 3 or Section 7 of AS1288 as described earlier.

Does your pool comply?

For further pool fencing safely compliance, please review the QBCC website here

If you have any questions about fencing legislation in Queensland please call or drop into our showroom today.

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A glass balustrade forming a barrier could be either:

a) An infill panel of glass, with thickness selected in accordance with table 7.3 of AS1288 and incorporating a load supporting handrail, or
b) A structural panel of glass, with thickness selected in accordance with table 7.1 /7.2 of AS1288 and incorporating an interlinking handrail or load supporting handrail.

Any other balustrade incorporating glass unless specifically detailed in Section 7 of AS1288, would require site specific design in accordance with Section 3 of AS1288, and project specific structural certification. This certification must include the design, manufacture, and installation of all glass, framing, spigots, supports, and associated fixings used in the specific balustrade project.

Note: a simple channel over the top of the glass would not be capable of resisting loads as required by AS1288 or AS1170 and cannot therefore be used as a load supporting handrail or an interlinking handrail.

Glass that is relied upon to provide a structural component to a balustrade generally requires a handrail. There are three handrail types mentioned in AS1288

a) Load-supporting handrails. The handrail is mechanically fixed to the structure, independent of the glass, but the glass can be connected to it. The handrail supports the load. This type of handrail is normally used with infill balustrade panels.

b) Non-load-supporting handrails. Either the top edge of the glass acts as the handrail or the glass supports a handrail that is fixed to the glass and relies on the glass for structural support. The glass supports the load. This type of handrail is normally used with structural balustrade panels.

c) Interlinking handrail. The handrail is non-load-supporting and must be connected to the adjacent panels of glass, or the building. The adjacent panels must be at least 100mm wide and three or more panels of glass form the balustrade. If one of the panels fails, then the remaining two panels and the handrail must be capable of resisting the load. The handrail must be selected and designed with this support capability in mind. This type of handrail is normally used with structural balustrade panels.

Section 7 of AS1288 provides the only ‘deemed to comply’ solutions for balustrades using glass. Any glass balustrade not specifically detailed in Section 7 would require design in accordance with Section 3, and project specific structural certification. This certification must include the design, manufacture, and installation of all glass, framing, spigots, supports, and associated fixings used in the specific balustrade project.

Updated 4/1/17: Point fixings and spigot fixings are a common method of attaching structural balustrade panels (e.g. stairs). They are not included in Section 7 of the standard and require certification to AS1288 in every instance.

 

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