Window Barriers

AUST – The Building Code of Australia includes requirements for window barriers for openable windows in the NCC. 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 Building Code of Australia changes will apply to new buildings requiring building approvals 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 or 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 building upgrades are proposed.