AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the new BCA 2013 will include requirements for window barriers for openable windows in the NCC 2013. The requirements mean window barriers are required for openable windows in early childhood centres and bedrooms in residential buildings where the floor beneath the window is more than two metres above the surface beneath.

The BCA changes will apply to new buildings and require the window to be fitted either with a device to restrict the window opening, or a suitable a screen, so a 125mm sphere cannot pass through.  The device of screen can have a child resistant release mechanism (such as a key lock) that can enable the device or screen to be removed, unlocked or overridden (for example, so a window can be cleaned.

Owners and designers should peruse local Building Acts and Building Regulations, as these legislative documents contain provisions for the whole building to comply with current regulations when alterations are proposed.