Australian Standards – Glass in Buildings – Selection & Installation (Factsheet)
Meet Australian Standards When Designing and Installing Glass in Buildings
This factsheet will help you reference the building codes you’ll need to follow.
Installing glass in buildings can create a stunning first impression, but your design and installation must be within certain regulations. The building code for Australia in regards to glass meets many of today’s international building codes, but there are certain things you must ask yourself before completing a design. Do you think someone could mistake a glass panel for an open doorway? Will you be required to install safety glass because of the location of your balustrade or door?
Here are some of the most overlooked items when it comes to installing glass into Australian buildings.
#1. Grade A or B Safety Glass Must Be Used in Bathrooms
The only glass that can be installed in a bathroom that isn’t appropriate grade safety glass is the mirror. Even then the mirror must be fully adhered to the wall or be completely protected by a bench or vanity that has a height of at least 760 millimeters and a depth of at least 300 millimeters. Anything that is partly framed must be Grade A safety glass that is at least 5 millimeters thick.
#2. Windows Must Sometimes Be Safety Glass
If the lowest sight line of low level glass is less than 500 millimeters from the ground or the floor level, then is must be Grade A safety glass. The only exception to this rule is if the glass is fully framed. In this instance, the ordinary glass must be at least 5 millimeters thick and the square area of the glass must be 1.2 square meters or less.
Note: Australian standards do not allow larger areas of ordinary glass than this, even if the glass meets or exceeds thickness standards.
#3. Toughened Safety Glass Is Required For Louvre Blades
Safety glass might seem like it would be fine for Australian building standards when it comes to louvre blades, but it must actually be toughened safety glass. The building code of Australia also requires a nominal thickness of each blade to be 5 millimeters and a blade width must be a minimum of 230 millimeters without exceeding 1000 millimeters.
#4. Sometimes Glass Must Be Marked
According to Australian building codes, if the presence of glass is not made visible in a side panel, door, or other panel that could be considered an opening, then that glass must be marked in order to make it visible. Building codes require this marking to be an opaque band that is at least 20 millimeters in height and be located so that it is at least 700 millimeters from the upper edges of the marking. It must also be 1200 millimeters or less from the lower edge of the marking and safety glazing will often be required as well.
#5. Balustrades Require Interlinking Handrails
Any time a glass balustrade is installed where the difference in floor level is at least 1000 millimeters, then interlinking handrails are required by the building code of Australia. Glass balustrades which have a load-supporting handrail must also use fully-framed glass that is at least 8 millimeters thick and toughened to a maximum span of 1070 millimeters.
Copy of Australian Standard AS 1288:2006 – Glass in Buildings
If you are dealing with glass in building, we highly recommend you read through Australian Standard AS 1288:2006 – Glass in Buildings – Selection & Installation.
This document Specifies procedures for the design, selection and installation of glass in residential and commercial buildings.
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