BCAB #1510 - Climbability of Balcony Guard, Article 9.8.8.5

July 5, 2000

BCAB #1510

Re: Climbability of Balcony Guard, Article 9.8.8.5

Project Description

The building in question is a house with a second storey exterior balcony. The 1070mm high guard for the balcony is constructed of glass panels placed on a 600 mm parapet wall. The bottom channel holding the glass panels is mounted flush with the inside face of the parapet wall, and has a sloped "step" of about 18 mm to the glass.

Reason for Appeal

To reduce the probability of a child climbing a guard, Article 9.8.8.5. stipulates no member, attachment or opening located between 100 mm and 900 mm above the floor or walking surface can facilitate climbing.

Appellant's Position

The appellant contends the design of the guard complies with the intent of the Code to reduce the probability of climbing.

Building Official's Position

The building official considers the 18 mm sloped ledge, located 600 mm above the floor level, would facilitate climbing.

Appeal Board Decision #1510

It is the determination of the Board that the guard design in question does facilitate climbing.

George Humphrey, Chair