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Nine Compliance Hurdles Architects Need to Know – #7 When do I need a Step?
While a ramp can be the best solution for transitioning a gradient, sometimes a series of levels – with a step or two introduced – can be a more efficient or more attractive way to establish a walkway. Let’s say you’re transitioning between two levels that are 400mm different in height. Since steps need to...
Nine Compliance Hurdles Architects Need to Know – #6 How Wide is a Walkway?
Under Section 3.1.5 you’ll see what dimensions are considered minimum for best practice for widths. According to 3.1.5.1, a ‘platform’ should have a minimum clear width of 600mm. This is often considered the best practice across New Zealand – it’s a good width to start designing platforms and walkways, since it allows the average person...
Nine Compliance Hurdles Architects Need to Know – #4 What do I do When My Roof has Skylights?
When facing skylights on a larger scale, a bit of common sense will go a long way – especially when it comes to providing barriers and handrails for the best safety. This is because large skylights are considered ‘open edges’, and therefore under similar rules as any drop of over a metre. Larger skylights, such...
Nine Compliance Hurdles Architects Need to Know – #3 When do I Need Handrails?
Given the NZBC F4 3.1 (Safety from Falling section) spells out the ‘1 metre’ rule, it’s often treated as law; if someone could fall 1 metre or more from an opening or floor, a barrier is needed. Barriers in this instance need to be continuous, rigid and strong – think aluminium railings. Any drop of...
Nine Compliance Hurdles Architects Need to Know – #2 Leveling Walkways
For the same reason that slopes need to become steps if they have a gradient of greater than 7°, when a walkway is running perpendicular to the roof pitch and that roof pitch exceeds 7°, the walkway must be levelled. This is another situation where minimising the difficulty for people also increases the safety. Given...
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