Does your glazier or glass supplier engage in best practice?
Always ask if your glazier or glass supplier is an accredited member of AGWA. Members are trained and tested in interpreting AS 1288:2006 the selection and installation standard for the glass and glazing industry. For AGWA members, best practice is not a negotiation, it is the only option. By using an AGWA member to source your glass products, you can be assured that they have been certified by a qualified certifier and are from a reputable supplier.
AGWA accredited glazing professionals are specialists in their field, advising on thermal performance, wind load for cyclone and high risk areas, safety glazing systems for exterior and interior applications, and, more recently, on the introduction of bushfire glazing systems; all largely to protect property and lives.
An AGWA accredited glazier gives you absolute confidence in their professional ability. They know the Australian Standards and take every step to ensure glass is fit for purpose and from a reliable source. They ensure all supporting documentation is verified and that the glass installed is fully compliant.
Questions & Advice on Glass Standards
If your issue is not covered in an Australian Standard it may be that an engineered solution is required and can be supplied by engineering professionals in accordance with the highest principals of the Standards.
Where to Purchase Glass Standards
Electronic and hard copy standards can be purchased from www.saiglobal.com.
Glass & Glazing Industry Related Standards
NEW - AS/NZS 4666:2012 - Insulating glass units
Sets out requirements and guidelines for the long term type testing, glazing, periodic manufacturing testing and other associated aspects to do with insulating glass units.
AS 1288:2006 - Glass in Buildings - Selection & Installation
Specifies procedures for the design, selection and installation of glass in residential and commercial buildings. Includes guidance for installation practice, based on proven techniques.
AS/NZS 2208:1996 - Safety glazing materials in buildings
Specifies the functional properties of various safety glazing materials, including toughened glass, laminated glass, wired glass, organic-coated glass and plastic. Two grades are covered, with different impact performance levels. Other requirements include size tolerances, weathering and ageing performance.
AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 - Structural design actions - Wind actions
Provides design values of wind actions for use in structural design. It is intended to be used in conjunction with AS/NZS 1170.0, which gives the procedure for structural design. Wind speeds and direction factors are provided for a range of probabilities of exceedance. Other factors cover the environment around the structure, the geometry of the structure and the dynamic interaction of the structure with the wind.
AS/NZS 4667:2000 - Quality requirements for cut to size & processed glass
Sets out the quality requirements for cut sizes of flat, transparent, clear ordinary annealed, tinted heat-absorbing, patterned and wired glass for general glazing and/or further processing.
AS 2047:2014 - Windows and external glazed doors in buildings
Specifies requirements for materials, construction, installation and glazing for windows, sliding doors, adjustable glass louvres, shopfronts, and window walls with one-piece framing elements.
AS/NZS 2080:2006 - Safety glazing for land vehicles
Specifies the requirements and includes methods of tests for flat and curved toughened and laminated safety glazing for windscreens and other glazing for land vehicles.
AS 3959:2009 - Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas
Sets out requirements for the construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas in order to improve their performance when they are subjected to burning debris, radiant heat or flame contact generated from a bushfire. Also includes a methodology for assessing categories of bushfire attack in respect of a site situated in an area that has been designated by a relevant authority as bushfire-prone.
Above text extracts are courtesy of SAIGlobal.