Barrier Heights, guard rails and hand rails

As I seem to have difficulty explaining the difference between handrails and guardrails and when each is needed, I have added an XY chart to my balustrade design spreadsheet so that I can illustrate the different situations. Handrails and guardrails are not the same thing. Whilst it is common for industrial guardrails to use a […]

TechNote#300 Barriers

Barriers versus: Partitions, Walls, Doors, Windows, Balustrades, Guard Rails, Hand rails, Grab Rails Codes provide no real guidance regarding classification of a structure as a barrier or a wall. AS1170.1 specifies barrier loadings to the top edge of the barrier: this doesn’t always make sense. {NB: AS1170.1 does not identify imposed loads for vertical surfaces […]

Balustrades pt#1

Synopsis {This is a partial rewrite of report originally written in 2003 for a specific project, involving a custom fabricated aluminium balustrade. The owner of a building had looked around at commercially available balustrade systems and decided they were too expensive and had otherwise found a general aluminium/stainless steel fabricator to make a balustrade. The […]