Australian Standards for Glass:
In Australia we have numerous standards for variations and applications of glass used within our infrastructures. These standards ensure that all sites and venues are safe, even if the glass is broken it will continue to remain in tact to avoid damaging buildings and injuring people.
The Australian Standard, AS/NZA 2208:1996 specifies the functional properties for various safety glazing materials used on construction sites and on buildings. Two grades of glass are covered, with different impact performance levels. Other requirements include size tolerances, weathering and ageing performances.
This standard ensures that all the glass is put through the same procedure to guarantee material safety after breakage. There are two types of safety glazing certification specified in AS2208, Grade A and Grade B. Many window film manufacturers have attained Grade A safety glazing certification.
Certification of window films to AS2208 requires both an impact and a weathering test. The test is designed to prove that when the glass is shattered or holes are created, the glass shards will hold together to minimise the risk of cutting. Both unfilmed and filmed side must remain intact to pass the test.
The weathering test is designed to prove that the safety film will still have satisfactory adhesion and continued strength years after installation.
Glass Standards for windows in buildings:
The Australian Standard, AS/NZS 2047:1999 specifies the functional properties for various safety glazing materials of windows in buildings. It requires the performance standards for materials, construction, installation and glazing for windows, sliding doors, adjustable glass louvers, train stations, shop fronts, bus stops and window walls with one-piece framing elements are met.
Glass Standards for Fire Resistant Glass:
The Australian Standard, AS 3959:2009, specifies the requirements and functional properties for various safety glazing materials of buildings in bush-fire prone areas or fire resistant glass. In order to improve the glasses performance when it is subjected to burning debris, radiant heat or flame contact generated from a bushfire it must undergo a series of tests. The tests include 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 bush-fire prone.
Australian Glass keeps itself up to date with the security standards outlined and provides complete planning and advisory prior to installation of our glass products. All of our products meet these Australian Standards, and are tested against these requirements.
Quality issues can result in poor quality and unknown materials used in glass products, as well as the break down of the product under harsh Australian conditions and longevity of the product being greatly shorter than it should be.
Ask yourself this:
- Does the product comply with Australian Standards, AS/NZA 2208:1996, AS/NZA 22080:2006 or AS 3959:2009?
- What materials are being used to manufacture this product?
- Can the product handle harsh Australian weather conditions?
- What type of traffic will it be exposed to daily?
- Does the product come with a warranty?
- What is your expectation of life serving?