Glass barrier requirements have been amended

 Recent changes to codes mean your balustrade must now meet these requirements.

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1st June 2016 

With the growing popularity of glass balustrades and the increased risks of potential accidents, standards have been updated to improve safety. As of 1st June 2016, the requirements listed in the B1/AS1 ceased, and requirements listed in the NZS 4223:3:2016, (the Glazing in Buildings: Human impact safety requirements), were brought into effect.


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What does that mean for you?

This change means that all new frameless glass barriers that used to comply with B1/AS1 will now be required to have a top rail, unless the barrier is made of laminated safety glass and uses features that retain panes of glass even in the event of breakage.


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How can I check the quality of my glass?

Check with your supplier for the credentials of their glass. While all New Zealand glass is imported, not all is of the same standard. Some is treated at source and others here in New Zealand. Where ever it is done, it needs to meet New Zealand’s stringent safety standards.

Choose a supplier who has had their product independently verified. Monkey Toe Group use some of the best glass available which has been certified by SAI Global and is toughened to 100 mpa, 31 mpa over the required 69 mpa.


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Who is Monkey Toe Group?

Monkey Toe Group is a New Zealand company that has been providing market leading safety products to New Zealand and beyond for over 10 years. For a product you can trust with your life, make contact today and let’s see how we can help.



Contact us on 0800 658 637 or email us here

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