The Building Code of Australia in Part B1 Structural Provisions, sets out the requirements for the structural integrity of balustrades. At the time of construction, all balustrades will be structurally sound, but over time the structural elements incorporated in the balustrades construction may deteriorate i.e. rot or rust. A building surveyor/ building certifier will nominate balustrades in the essential safety measures determination/ schedule.
The following illustration depicts balustrades in Class 7 and 8 buildings.