Since 1st May 2013, there has been a requirement in the national construction code for the Protection of Openable windows for all new construction where windows are positioned 2 metres above the ground floor. These windows must be restricted or protected in a way to not permit a 125mm opening and resist a 250N outward force.

CASE 1

No openings within 1700mm of the floor. No restrictions apply

CASE 2

Opening within 1700mm of the floor and climbable element between 150mm and 750mm above the floor.

The screen or restriction device (non-removable) must resist a 125mm bullet probe passing through the window when it has a 250N force applied for 10 seconds to the most vulnerable areas. Also nogaps shall form such that a 125mm diameter sphere can be passed through the window in other areas of the window during the test.

CASE 3

Opening within 865mm of the floor; and climbable element between 150mm and 760mm above the floor.

The screen or restriction device (non-removable) must resist a 125mm bullet probe passing through the window when it has a 250N force applied for 10 seconds to the most vulnerable areas. Also no gaps shall form such that a 125mm diameter sphere can be passed through the window in other areas of the window during the test.

Windows where the height is 4m or greater

CASE 4

A window with a transom above 865mm and a sill height greater than 150mm. Although the transom is higher than 865mm, the height of the window sill can facilitate climbing and so the opening of the sash must be restricted.

The screen or restriction device (non-removable) must resist a 125mm bullet probe passing through the window when it has a 250N force applied for 10 seconds to the most vulnerable areas. Also no gaps shall form such that a 125mm diameter sphere can be passed through the window in other areas of the window during the test.

CASE 5

Window with a transom above 865mm, and a sill height less than 150mm. Opening restricted to 125mm above transom. Window with a transom above 865mm, and a sill height less than 150mm. Opening restricted to 125mm above transom.

The screen or restriction device (child resistant, removable) must resist a 125mm bullet probe passing through the window when it has a 250N force applied for 10 seconds to the most vulnerable areas. Also no gaps shall form such that a 125mm diameter sphere can be passed through the window in other areas of the window during the test.

CASE 6

A window with transom below 865mm, and a sill height less than 150mm. The openable part of the window is within 865mm of the floor, so the opening must be restricted.

The screen or restriction device (child resistant, removable) must resist a 125mm bullet probe passing through the window when it has a 250N force applied for 10 seconds to the most vulnerable areas. Also no gaps shall form such that a 125mm diameter sphere can be passed through the window in other areas of the window during the test.

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Stronghold® System

The Stronghold System by Breezway is available as an added feature for your Series 525 Louvres to add strength and safety to your building.

Altair Louvre blades are retained by a pin that passes through the clips, bearing and blade. Once installed, the pins cannot be removed without tools and the blades are prevented from being removed from the clips. Pins are visible on the inside/underside of the clips.

The Stronghold System is ideal for multi-storey residential applicationsand enables bay widths of up to 1200mm. Please refer to the Breezway Product Performance Warranty for more information.

Mechanically Retains Blades

Complies with Fall Prevention requirements where blades are mechanically retained without obstructing outdoor views and minimises the risk of blades being dislodged by impact.

Residential Buildings

Ideal for windows more than 2m above ground or those requiring extra strength with the benefits of natural ventilation and added safety for your family.

Naturally Ventilated Buildings

Energy efficient Altair Louvres with the Stronghold System allow abundant fresh air and natural light to flow into the building to help save on running costs.

Safeguarding Against Falls

Louvre windows with the Stronghold System and with restricted openings comply with the new provisions in the Building Code of Australia for Fall Prevention through openable windows and have passed testing to the Australian Window Association’s industry code of practice “ICP.005 – Protection of Openable Window Testing Specification.” As the glazed area can be opened to allow airflow they can be used to maximise natural ventilation in multi-level applications compared to other window types.

Maintenance

If blades need to be removed from an Altair Stronghold Louvre Window or if broken blades need to be replaced, the removal process requires tools and will destroy certain components requiring replacement prior to new blades being re-installed.

Blade Type Compatibility

Blade Type152mm High102mm High
Annealed glassNN
Toughened glassYY
AluminiumYY
Straight cut timberNN
Stronghold System Clip Stronghold System Clip

The KidScreen Window Fall Prevention screens can be specified and used in a vast range of applications including: Residential apartments Housing Child care centres Bushfire prone areas Heritage listed buildings Strata buildings Mandatory application is required in building Class 1, 2, 3, 4, and 9B where the window is 2m or greater from the floor to ground or openings within 1700mm above the floor. Across is a diagram (AWA key message - Fall Prevention) illustrating when such products like KidScreen Window Fall Prevention screens are applied.

KidScreen Mesh

The KidScreen mesh is an exclusive heavy reinforced polyester material that gains its strength from its woven assembly.

This mesh is a cost effective option ideal for urban or coastal terrain conditions where high salt corrosion is evident comprising of a UV inhibitor to with stand the extreme temperatures without compromising the durability in strength over time.

KidScreen Mesh Properties

Open Area = 37% ; 17 x 10 mesh per square inch

The KidScreen 316 stainless steel mesh is an alternate premium option that allows greater visibility, air flow ventilation and compliance for bushfire attack levels (BAL). This mesh has a similar visual appearance as a standard flyscreen without compromising the strength and integrity required to resist a minimum force of 250 Newtons.

KidScreen Stainless Steel Properties

Open Area = 72% ; 18 x 16 mesh per square inch

Product Testing

The KidScreen Window Fall Prevention screens have been tested and certified on a variety of window systems. The screens can be mounted to any window product i.e. timber or aluminium provided it has been certified onsite or in a laboratory.

Specifying KidScreen Window Fall Prevention screens on your window system ensures your windows are compliant to the latest building regulations and requirements for the protection of openable windows.

The KidScreen Window Fall Prevention screens have undergone successful testing to Australian Standard AS5203 - 2016 exceeding the minimum 250N force (25kg) required in the National Construction Code (Vol 1: D.2.24 & Vol 2: 3.9.2.5).


Kid Screen System Kid Screen System

SAFE4KIDS™ WINDOWS & DOORS

TO PROTECT FROM ACCIDENTAL FALLS, AWS HAS A RANGE OF BCA COMPLIANT SAFE4KIDS WINDOWS WITH RESTRICTED OPENINGS...

Injury and death of children as a result of falls from windows are a tragic and preventable occurrence. The Australian Building Code has been updated in 2013 to establish regulations for the installation of windows with restricted openings in applications where there is a risk of injury or death from accidental falls. AWS supports this initiative and has undertaken extensive research and development to allow the supply and installation of compliant window systems that will reduce the risk of injury. When installing into applications which are deemed by the BCA to require the installation of guards or restricted openings, windows can be fitted with:

• Restricted opening chain winders
• Buffer stops 
• Security grilles and guards
• Restricted opening latches

Throughout this website window systems which meet BCA requirements for windows in elevated applications are identified with the SAFE4KIDS™ symbol illustrated to the right.


SAFE4KIDS TESTED - CERTIFIED
Series 502, 504, 506 Sliding Window 
Series 514 Double Hung Window 
Series 516 Awning Window 
Series 517 Awning Window 
Series 525 Louvre Window 
Series 602 Sliding Window 
Series 613 Sashless Double Hung Window 
Series 614 Double Hung Window 
Series 616 Awning Window 
Series 616 Casement Window 
Series 616TR Awning/Casement Window  ▲
Series 726 Awning Window  ▲
Series 726 Casement Window  ▲
Series 726TR Awning/Casement Window   ▲
Series 452 Commercial Sliding Window   ▲
Series 453 Commercial Double-Hung Window  ▲
Series 456 Commercial Awning Window  ▲
Series 461 Apartment Sliding Window  ▲
Series 462 Architectural Sliding Window  ▲
Series 463 Architectural Double-Hung Window  ▲
Series 464 ClearVENT™ Sashless Double-Hung   ▲
Series 466 Awning Window  ▲
Series 466 Casement Window  ▲
Series 467 Awning/Casement Window  ▲
Safe4Kids Safe4Kids

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