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AS 1288-2006 (R2016)
Glass in buildings - Selection and installation

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Document Type Standard
Status Current
Publisher:    Standards Australia
Committee BD-007
Reconfirmed: Reconfirmation Notice 15/07/2016
AS 1288-1994
DR 02145
AS 1288 Supp 1-2006 (R2016)

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Specifies procedures for the design, selection and installation of glass in buildings. Includes guidance for installation practice, based on proven techniques.
Technical Committee BD-007 has reviewed the content of this publication and in
accordance with Standards Australia procedures for reconfirmation, it has been
determined that the publication is still valid and does not require change.
Certain documents referenced in the publication may have been amended since the
original date of publication. Users are advised to ensure that they are using the latest
versions of such documents as appropriate, unless advised otherwise in this
Reconfirmation Notice.
Approved for reconfirmation in accordance with Standards Australia procedures for
reconfirmation on 12 May 2016.
The following are represented on Technical Committee BD-007:
Australian Building Codes Board
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Australian Glass & Glazing Association
Australian Industry Group
Australian Shop and Office Fitting Industry Association
Australian Window Association
Building Research Association of New Zealand
Glass Association of New Zealand
Housing Industry Association
Master Builders Australia
Monash University
The University of New South Wales
The University of Sydney
Window and Door Industry Council
Window Association of New Zealand
Window Film Association of Australia & New Zealand


This Standard sets out procedures for the selection and installation of glass in buildings, subject to wind loading, human impact, and special applications such as overhead glazing, balustrades and glass assemblies.
Glass strength requirements are given for glazing, based on the tensile stresses developed on the surface of the glass.
This Standard does not cover the following:
(a) Glazing in lift cars and lift wells (see Note 1).
(b) Furniture glass, cabinet glass, vanities, glass basins, refrigeration units, internal glass fitments and internal wall mirrors not specifically covered by Section 5 (see Note 2).
(c) Buildings and structures with no public access intended for horticultural or agricultural use.
(d) Windows and doors in heritage buildings as defined by the relevant State or Territorial authority (see Note 3).
(e) Restoration and or repairs to existing leadlights.
(f) Special glazing applications which might fail due to the stresses other than tensile stresses, such as shear stresses.
(1) For glazing in lift cars and lift wells, see AS 1735.2 (Appendix H)
(2) For further guidance see HB 125.
(3) The traditional use of these buildings suggests their current construction and glazing practices are acceptable. However, consideration should always be given to the brittle nature of glass and the consequences of its breakage.
(4) In Australia, legislation requires products to be ‘fit for purpose’. Where glazing is replaced because of breakage or any other reason, it is recommended that the replacement glass comply with the requirements of the relevant sections of this Standard, unless otherwise permitted by the relevant legislation.


The thickness and type of glass required shall be determined on the basis of all the following criteria:
(a) For installations subject to wind loading, glass to be selected using either first principles as set out in Section 3, or using the simplified design as set out in Section 4.
NOTE: Section 4 may give a more conservative design solution.
(b) For human impact considerations, glass to be selected according to Section 5.
(c) For overhead glazing, glass to be selected according to Section 6.
(d) For balustrades, glass to be selected according to Section 7.
(e) For framed, unframed, and partly framed glass assemblies glass to be selected in accordance with Section 9.
Glass shall be installed in accordance with Section 8.
For a given application, the type and thickness of glass selected shall be in accordance with the most stringent relevant requirements of Sections 3 to 9 as applicable.
NOTE: For guidance on the use of this Standard for glass selection, see Appendix G.


First published as AS CA26-1957.
Revised and redesignated AS 1288-1973.
Revised and redesignated AS 1288.1-1979, AS 1288.2-1979 and AS 1288.3-1979.
Revised, amalgamated and redesignated AS 1288-1989.
Third edition AS 1288-1994.
Fourth edition 2006.
Reconfirmed 2016.

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