When you are building staircases, you want to be sure that the balustrade as well as the staircase itself complies with the BCA (Building Code of Australia). There are certain very specific requirements that have been set up by the BCA, with reference to how these structures have to be built, to ensure safety of those walking across different levels of the building. It’s important to be careful while choosing the company that will handle this project for you.
Ensuring safety to your staircases
Only a certified and licensed contractor will be aware of these requirements and rules, and will ensure that the structure is built as per the current norms. While they would ensure that all this is taken care of, here is some information that you should keep in view as well:
- The ‘going’ (the step width forward) should be not more than 355mm & not less than 240mm for any private stairs. In the case of public stairs, this should be no less than 250mm.
- If you are getting an open staircase built, it has to be built in such a way so that a 125mm sphere shouldn’t be able to pass through its treads. This particular safety precaution has to be taken so as to ensure that even a very young child’s head doesn’t get caught in-between the stairs.
- It’s important that a strong and well-structures balustrade be provided along the sides of the stairway, if its level above the ground below is 1000mm/more.
- Each stairway should have a minimum of one handrail that has a continuous, smooth top surface, right across the length of every flight of stairs.
- In cases where the stairway width is more than 1000mm, it’s important that there be a handrail on each side.
- If the balustrade is being built in a non-residential building that may be accessed by individuals with disabilities, these structures have to be designed in line with the rules and regulations mentioned in the clauses related to Design for access & mobility, New building work, for stairways & and handrails.
- In addition to these, there are many clauses related to landings as well.
- Today, structural glass balustrades are increasingly being used in many commercial and residential buildings; and the BCA now has a complete new section that’s dedicated to this particular classification. In case glass is the structural component in a balustrade, you have to use Grade-A Safety glass.
- The structural balustrades should also have an interlinking handrail and the thickness of glass that’s to be used, is based on the design load. For instance, if 12mm thick toughened glass balustrades are being used on a domestic stair, the handrails have to be continuous all around the corner at the point at which the level meets the slopes.
- Each piece of glass has to be at least 1000mm wide. Or else the handrail has to continue onto & be fixed onto the floor.
Contact the experts
As you can see, there really are a number of technicalities involved and its far better to consult a company that specialises in constructing glass balustrades. We at Quantum Frameless Glass are one of the leading companies in this space and provide customised glass balustrade and fencing solutions.
We cater to residential and commercial customers, use top-quality products and workmanship and ensure that all the features we build are in line with the existing Australian Standards.
For any more information about glass balustrades and fencing and other products, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form and we will call you back shortly.
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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
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