Of course, fall-through safety in a barrier is of essential importance. Our glass balustrade systems have been calculated thoroughly and are tested in-situ in various situations.
Systems of the AMG glassclamp programme meet international certifications in the field of security. Our glass balustrades have been tested for safety by notified bodies in multipe countries. Therefore our systems can be used throughout Europe.
Amng others, AMG Railing glass barrier systems meet the regulations of:
- French CSTB of the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment.
- German AbP: ‘Allgemeines bauaufsichtliches Prüfzeugnis’. AbP is a German abbreviation referring to the "General Building Codes Test Certificate".
- Dutch Building Regulations: Nederlands Bouwbesluit 2012.
- Belgian Standard: NBN B 03-004.
In addition, regularly tests are done in-situ on completed projects to prove safety. These are practical tests where the fall-through safety of the balustrade is tested in that particular project. It is done by swinging a 50 kg leather sack filled with tiny glass beads is swung against the barrier. The glass balustrade may not fail / collapse. The AMG glass balustrades have always passed these tests without problem.
Practical test at test centre CSTB, Paris:
Do I need a handrail on my frameless glass balustrade? (UK)
What's the situation with handrails on frameless glass balustrades?
As of March 2011 British Standards updated the regluations relating to glass balustrade to BS 6180:2011. This has mainly been done to allow easier harmonisation with European CE standards that came into effect in 2013.
In recent years the UK has seen an increase in the use of glass balustrades without the installation of handrails. BS 6180:2011 clarifies this issue, we have detailed this below, if you need any clarification please get in touch or talk to your local building control.
If using toughened glass a handrail must also be used, in addition it must be adequately secured to act as a secondary barrier should the glass fail i.e. the handrail should remain in-situ if a panel breaks.
If toughened laminate glass is used then it is permissible to have no handrail as long as the following aspects are put into place;
The glass to be used must meet the design load, this will be a: line load, uniformly distributed load & a point load test (detailed within BS 6180:2011). Manufacturers of glass, have to provide the technical requirements on required glass thickness on meeting the required loadings.
Should a panel break and not meet the required criteria then guarding must be fitted immediately.
The glass selected must resist the appropriate design load and provide containment.
What is laminated glass?
Toughened laminate glass consists of two sheets of toughened safety glass bonded together with a strong plastic interlayer.
This gives enhanced safety and security along with the retention of glass fragments in the even of glass breakage. Due to this interlayer the glass does have a slightly lower light transmission than ordinary glass of the same thickness.
The benifit of laminate glass is its strength and proformance under impact. It is able to cope with large loads and in the unlikely event of any breakage the fragments will remain in situ by the interlayer and other panels of glass. In case of breakage it is usually only 1 of the panels that will fail, the complete laminated panel will have a rest strength that provides safety. This is beneficial as it means the panel can remain in place until a suitable replacement time is available.