When building a new home or adding an extension, it’s crucial to consider the codes of balustrades. At times, considering the design this may seem to be a hurdle. This is why, as per the experts, it is prudent to hire a reputed stair installer in Western Australia who has proper knowledge on balustrade codes.
In Queensland, over 20 people died and hundreds of people were injured between 2002 to 2012 after falling from decks or balconies. The cause of these accidents are structural failure, which is why it is so important to ensure your balustrades comply with the national building regulations.
Building Code of Australia
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) sets building regulations for all States and Territories in the country. It provides a consistent set of Australian building standards in the areas of health, safety, fire, and sustainability.
What is a balustrade and why do you need it?
A balustrade is a fall prevention barrier that is provided alongside a stairway or ramp, floor, corridor, hallway, balcony, verandah, mezzanine or path of access to a building. Many accidents happen every year due to illegally built decks and balconies, or ones that haven’t been regularly inspected and maintained. Regulated decks, balconies and balustrades help to prevent these accidents from happening. Get your balustrades installed from the staircase experts to prevent mishaps and also to meet the codes.
Codes of decks and balconies
Balconies: Must be one metre or higher above the ground.
Decks: Must be more than one metre above the ground. The openings in balustrades cannot be greater than 125 millimetres. If the deck is built more than 4 metres above the ground, balustrades cannot have any climbable elements located between 150 millimetres and 760 millimetres from the floor.
Stairs: Must have a barrier of at least 865 millimetres high above the ‘nosing’ of the stair treads. Stairs which are more than four metres in height must too meet the codes mentioned for decks.
Climate is very important to consider when building or installing balustrades, especially with Australia’s varying seasons. In many parts of Australia, the construction of new building and additions to existing buildings will be assessed as to whether or not it is in a bushfire-prone area. There are six different Bushfire Attack Levels for proposed construction and as the threat increases, so do the restrictions on the building materials.
Again, before installing a balustrade, hire staircase experts if you really prioritise safety. They can provide you with the best materials without compromising the aesthetics.