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...

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...

Barriers

The Structural Provisions of the BCA The Building Code of Australia (BCA) does not itemise objects and does not define the loads they have to be designed for. No where does it say a balustrade has to be designed for the AS1170.1 barrier loads. Similarly it...