Handrails & Balustrades (Interior) Print E-mail
For all buildings, handrails and balustrades are required to comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The BCA is primarily concerned with the safety of building users and occupants. Design and construction must therefore take into consideration both the strength and the durability of materials and components as well as the "geometric" constraints prescribed by the BCA to prevent people from accidentally falling through, under or over the balustrade.

For a full precis of the BCA requirements including design and construction and load details the Australian Timber Importers Federation (ATIF) have published a Timber Information Bulletin (Timber Information Bulletin 2 - Handrails and Balustrades). 

ImageThe bulletin also contains a list of handrail sizes and spans, tables on the capacity of handrail connections and loads as well as details on connectors for balusters and infill.

For internal use, timber of any durability class is suitable.

The timber should be free from any major strength reducing features, be straight grained and be in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards outlined in the bulletin.

The bulletin also contain a list of handrail sizes and spans, tables on the capacity of handrail connections and loads as well as details on connectors for balusters and infill.




Timber Information Bulletin 2 - Handrails and Balustrades
(PDF, 0.8 MB)
Australian Timber Importers Federation
 
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