NCC 2016 Australian National Construction Code 2016
Coverage: Australia Wide
Introduced: 1st of May 2016 (Remains unchanged from previous regulations back to 2005)
In Force Until: 30th of April 2017 (New NCC regulations are introduced on the 1st of May each year)
NCC 2016 Volume 1: Pertains primarily to Class 2 to 9 buildings. (i.e. commercial, public buildings etc.)
NCC 2016 Volume 2: Pertains primarily to Class 1 and 10 buildings. (i.e. houses, sheds, carports etc.)
NCC 2016 Volume 3: Pertains primarily to the Plumbing Code of Australia.
A Guide to the NCC 2016 Wire Balustrade Regulations
Will the regulations apply to my balustrade?
it may be possible that your wire balustrade will not need to comply with NCC regulations; below are some common situations and how you can deal with them.
My deck has a drop off less than 1 metre to the area below, what do I need to do?
If the bottom of your deck is less than 1 metre off the ground, then the regulations will not apply to you. It is up to you to decide the most appropriate level of safety, wire spacing and how many support posts you use on your balustrade.
My deck has a drop off more than 1 metre to the area below, what do I need to do? You will need to fit your wires and posts according to NCC Regulations. Below is the applicable table for doing horizontal wire balustrades.
NCC 2016 Tables
NCC2016 Volume 1 Table 2.16a Wire Balustrade Construction - Required Tension for Stainless Steel Horizontal Wires
NCC 2016 Volume 2 Table 18.104.22.168 Wire Balustrade Construction - Required Tension for Stainless Steel Horizontal Wires
Download Printable Version of Table 2.16a/ Table 22.214.171.124
NCC 2016 Volume 1 Table 2.16c Wire Balustrade Construction - Max. Permissible Deflection for Stainless Steel Wires.
NCC 2016 Volume 2 Table 126.96.36.199 Wire Balustrade Construction - Max. Permissible Deflection for Stainless Steel Wires.
Download Printable Version of Table 2.16c/ Table 188.8.131.52
So What Works Best when Installing Horizontal Wires?
This means that a balustrade with wire support posts every 1200mm to 1500mm, and a top rail height of 1 metre (960mm under the top rail) will require 11 runs of wire when spaced at 80mm with a tension that will be easily achievable.
Please Note: The above recomendations are the opinions of ProRig Hardware Pty Ltd derived from our own testing, experience, and interpretation of the NCC regulations and they are intended as a guide only. In some situations it may be more suitable to use different wire, post and handrail specifications. Please email us; email@example.com or call us on 1800 PRO RIG for advice on current regulations.
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