Building Standards; Getting It Right!
Dec 09, 2017 1:57 am
We are getting off the plan apartment. We have just noticed that the bedroom window actually look like sliding doors. I initially thought it must be a mistake but then saw that all apartments have the same sliding door for the master bedroom. I raised this with the builder and was told that this was BCA complaint as they only open 100mm.
I was still not sold on this idea as this apartment will on 2nd floor (attached photo shows how the window (its actually a sliding door) will look as they have installed on the first floor apartments.
I then raised this with HIA and they said that if this is a bedroom window they the builder should think to make this child resistant. I was given this link by HIA - http://www.abcb.gov.au/Resources/Publications/Education-Training/Protection-of-Openable-Windows
Based on the above link I understand that to make it fire safe it should ideally have a child resistant installed (so that the window/door) can be completely removed in case of emergency. In such a case there should be a barrier of 865mm high with no horizontal elements between 150mm and 760mm. So if I read this correctly - it means that the bottom of the window should only start at 865mm high ?
I am still not convinced that this can be complaint as they have straight installed a door (you can actually see a handle on the outside with what seems to be a key hole on the outside). Has anyone come across this ? I cant understand who in the right mind has made this compliant for apartments (seriously this is on the 2nd floor). What if someone has small puppy or a cat.
I have escalated this via our settlement team so that I can directly talk to the builder. I am not sure if I can get the builder to change this (as they will be doing this for all apartments). Has anyone seem something similar ?
Re: Sliding door instead on sliding window !2
Dec 22, 2017 9:22 am
It looks like they intended to have a sliding door with a Juliet Balcony, which incidentally requires a
Balustrade. Check to see if this was changed for whatever reason and you weren't notified?
As developers often make cost saving cuts during construction.. also check compliance
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