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AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia includes requirements for window barriers for openable windows. 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 applies to all new buildings seeking a building permit under the building regulations 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 persue local Building Acts and Building Regulations as there legislative documents contain provisions for the whole building to comply with current regulations when alterations are proposed or a change of occupancy is considered.

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Refer to our Building Legislation Table for further information on the building regulations process including building certification and as built drawings.