BCAB #1514 - Climbable Balcony Guard, Article 188.8.131.52
July 5, 2000
Re: Climbable Balcony Guard, Article 184.108.40.206
The subject building has multiple occupancies including a Group C major occupancy. The residential balcony guards are constructed with glass panels with a cross member at about 455 mm to 510 mm above the floor. The cross member has a 19 mm semi flat profile from the front edge of the glass.
Reason for Appeal
To reduce the probability of a child climbing a guard, no member, attachment or opening located between 100 mm and 900 mm above the floor or walking surface can facilitate climbing.
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 19 mm ledge, located between 455-510 mm above the floor level, will create a toe hold which will facilitate climbing.
Appeal Board Decision #1514
It is the determination of the Board that the guard design in question does facilitate climbing.
George Humphrey, Chair