Balustrades pt#3

The BCA does not clearly define and distinguish between walls, partitions, balustrades, guard rails, hand rails and barriers. AS1170.1 gives top edge loads for barriers. Applying a load to the top edge of a barrier of any height is not considered appropriate: the line...

Balustrades pt#2

{This is a partial rewrite of report originally written in 2011 for a specific project, involving the testing of existing balustrade installations, which resulted in an uneasy feeling that few balustrades were BCA compliant, and that the testing was a hazardous...

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...