AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers to consider commissioning a BCA audit of the balustrades of their building(s) in terms of Building Code of Australia (BCA) compliance and risk minimisation strategies.
A recent balustrade BCA audit we undertook found 80 non compliances for the numerous balustrades at an educational campus.
Clause D2.16 of the BCA requires balustrades to have a minimum height of 1000mm above floor levels and 865mm above stair flights (including handrails). This BCA clause also prescribes maximum opening dimensions for balustrades and in addition, limits the “climb-ability” of the balustrade.
Due to the prescriptive nature of the above balustrade requirements and the resulting numerous court judgements in recent years that have been in the plaintiffs favour wherever the balustrade was found to be less than 1000mm high under the BCA, it is recommended that a comprehensive balustrade audit (building audit) of all balustrades to determine non compliances with Clause D2.16 of the BCA, be undertaken.
Building owners and facility managers can then make informed decisions to incorporate into their risk minimsation strategies and future building upgrades in accordance with the Building Code of Australia under the building approval.
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