The new building code for Australia in 2013 will include requirements for window barriers on opening windows in buildings above a certain height.
From May 2013, window barriers will be mandatory for opening windows in early childhood centres and bedrooms in residential buildings – such as houses and apartments where the floor beneath the window is more than two metres above the ground.
The changes will apply to new buildings and will require windows to be fitted either with a device to restrict the opening, or a screen that will restrict the opening to a 125mm sphere. The device or screen can have a child lock to enable it to be removed so a window can be cleaned.
Owners have been advised to check local regulations, as these changes contain provisions for the whole building to comply when alterations are planned.