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.

The following is a part extract of clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure (as appeared in BCA 2013) known as Balustrades:

Table I1.12 Safety Measures – Other Measures

Safety MeasuresBCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Balustrades PartB1

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Balustrades

An essential safety measures auditor can observe that balustrades are present without referring to the essential safety measures determination/ schedule. An inspection of the structural elements of the balustrades should be performed to establish if any defects are apparent, if so defective balustrades should be recorded in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to ensure fire safety compliance when signing the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate of Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.