The benefits of glass railings – SADEV

The benefits of glass railings – SADEV

SADEV glass balustrades come to your home!

According to a survey by INPES (the French national institute for health prevention and education) published in March 2014, 49% of accidental falls by children take place even though the opening had protection. This research was carried out on a panel of 76 children (aged between 13 months and 14 years) on falls from great heights; 62 were aged under 6.
In 52% of cases, a piece of furniture was located under the opening or was moved by the child (bed, chair, table, toy), 11 children (31%) climbed over the guardrail or the opening itself, and 6 children (17%) leaned over.

This study raises the issue of the safety and protection of railings in homes, but also in public buildings.
Glass railings are a solution that considerably reduces the risk of falls, since the glass used is specially treated for strength and resistance.

 

The glass

Glass railings offer an undeniable aesthetic advantage. However, in many cases, this installation is intended to secure spaces. Depending on the application, different types of glass are available:

  • Laminated glass: this consists of 2 sheets of glass joined together with an interlayer the middle. This solution is highly resistant to impact and has the particularity of not shattering into several pieces in the event of breakage.
  • Tempered glass (also called toughened glass) : glass undergoes a thermal or chemical tempering process to make it more resistant than ordinary glass. In the event of impact, it will break into several small fragments.
  • Tempered laminated glass: this system ensures maximum safety. The glass is composed of two tempered sheets embedded in several films of ethylene vinyl acetate. This high level of strength enables the glass to be used on large panels.

 

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SADEV usually works with glass tempering companies to ensure the quality of the system.
To prevent the interlayers from becoming damp over time, SADEV also offers to add handrails above the installed guardrail.

 

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Wich applications?

A glass railing is an elegant, modern option that can be used in many contexts, both for functional and aesthetic reasons and for safety. Here are some common uses for glass railings:

  • Commercial and office areas: in commercial and office buildings, glass balustrades can help create a sense of space and modernity, while subtly dividing spaces.
  • Balconies and terraces: glass railings offer security and protection without compromising panoramic views as would more opaque materials.
  • Staircases: the use of glass railings on staircases helps to create a feeling of open space and fluidity. This can make a space brighter and more welcoming, while providing the necessary safety along the staircase.
  • Swimming pools: around swimming pools, glass guardrails are used for safety reasons, allowing complete visual surveillance of the aquatic space, which is particularly useful if children are present. At SADEV, the SWMSIDE range has been designed for the application of guardrails around swimming pools.
  • Stadiums: at SADEV, we guarantee glass retention on high-performance projects such as stadiums. This means you can enjoy sporting events in complete safety. Our guardrails are tested up to 10KN ULS (Ultimate Limit State) performance, guaranteeing high resistance and compliance with local safety standards. Our glass guardrails are guaranteed by technical approval (n°2.1/22-189 _V1 and 2.1/15-1673_V5).
For the installation of guardrails in glass or any other material, standards must be respected. These may vary from country to country, region to region or state to state. It’s important to find out about the authorized height of guardrails, the type of glass, defined impact loads, fastener spacing, etc. SADEV applies at least the requirements of the French standard (governed by specification 3034) and carries out tests according to it, with the possibility of adapting these criteria to specific standards for certain markets or projects with calculations or even control tests.

The aesthetic benefits

SADEV glass balustrades provide a solid separation, without sacrificing the open, transparent look of the rendering. It’s an essential element in the design of a building or home.
The main advantage of SADEV glass railings is their transparency. The impression of extra space, the feeling of openness to the outside are all possible thanks to this material.
For indoor applications, glass creates a warm, luminous atmosphere.
For exterior applications, it helps to secure the building without losing sight of it.

Maintenance is fast, and the shine and brilliance of glass mean you can enjoy your railing for a long time to come.

SADEV fastening systems are discreet and hold the glass in place without detracting from its transparent visual appearance. Aesthetics are maintained and glass is strong.
Glass offers exceptional design flexibility. Architects can play with the shape, color and texture of glass to create unique and expressive glass railings.
Iconic structures such as the Hippodrome de Paris Longchamps in France, designed by Dominique Perrault, demonstrate how glass can be used to create spectacular visual effects while blending harmoniously into the landscape. To achieve this, we proposed our SABCO glass railing solution, which provides an unobstructed 180-degree view of the track, offering a whole new experience for race fans.
This natural luminosity promotes the well-being of occupants.

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Durability and longevity

Glass is a durable material that resists fading and corrosion. Glass is also infinitely recyclable. The glass industry actively recycles its materials, making it an environmentally-friendly choice.
When properly maintained, it can retain its beauty and functionality for decades. This means less construction waste and fewer resources consumed in replacement.

SADEV adopts an environmentally responsible approach to minimize its impact.
To this end, our wedges are made from 100% recycled ABS plastic (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene).  At the end of each wedge’s life cycle, it is possible to recover an recycle this material to make new products 
Our packaging is now recyclable, reducing our plastic footprint. We have also opted to get closer to European suppliers, thus reducing our carbon footprint linked to transport. 

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Every project is different, which is why SADEV adapts these glass railing profiles:
ROMEO care : The new glass railing solution for windows

ROMEO care : The new glass railing solution for windows

The High-Performance window guardrail: ROMEO

SADEV is delighted to introduce its latest revolutionary product: Romeo, a glass guardrail specially designed for windows. With its unique combination of quick installation, exceptional performance, and compliance with the strictest safety standards, Romeo is set to redefine industry standards.

This is th only system teste and validated with a laminated 55/2 HST tempered glass, the thinner available on the market.

In addition to its strength and safety features, Romeo also offers an elegant and modern aesthetic. The transparent glass creates a secure barrier while preserving the view and allowing natural light to illuminate your interior spaces. It seamlessly complements all architectural styles and adds a touch of sophistication to any environment.

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ROMEO’s main features :

  • OPC System: Open, Position, Clip
  • Available in a 6-meter raw length
  • Compatible with structures: Wood / Concrete / Aluminum / PVC
  • Fast and easy installation by a single person
  • Patented system
  • Kit solution Profile
  • Height from 500 to 2000mm
  • Glass width from 1000 to 3000mm
  • Glass thickness from 10mm to 21.52mm (approximately 5.5 to 10.10)
  • Compact size for a thinner profile and a discreet solution
  • Customazible finish for a perfect match with the architectural design

SADEV is committed to providing high-quality products that meet our customers’ needs.

 

Two possible variations:

  • Romeo for top mounting (from outside or inside)
  • Romeo for side mounting (from outside or inside)

Want to find out more?

Article 3 : FRENCH RAILING LEGISLATION

Article 3 : FRENCH RAILING LEGISLATION

Article 3: FRENCH RAILING LEGISLATION OF BALUSTRADE

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INTRODUCTION

Guardrails play a crucial role in the safety of elevated spaces, whether on balconies, terraces, stairs, or roofs. Guardrails, or balustrades, aim to prevent the risk of falling and ensure the protection of individuals.

 

There are different types of balustrade, such as:

  • Bar railings guardrails
  • Infill guardrails

 

For various applications:

  • Stair railing
  • Window railing
  • Terrace or Mezzanine railing

 

Using different materials:

  • Wooden balustrade
  • Wrought Iron balustrade
  • Aluminum or stainless steel balustrade
  • Glass balustrade

 

The design, installation, and maintenance of guardrails must comply with strict standards and regulations to guarantee user safety. These standards and regulations may vary depending on the country and the type of building where the project is located.

In this article, we will explore the French standards and regulations governing guardrails, as well as common use cases.

Guardrails play a crucial role in the safety of elevated spaces, whether on balconies, terraces, stairs, or roofs. Guardrails, or balustrades, aim to prevent the risk of falling and ensure the protection of individuals.

 

There are different types of balustrade, such as:

  • Bar railings guardrails
  • Infill guardrails

 

For various applications:

  • Stair railing
  • Window railing
  • Terrace or Mezzanine railing

 

Using different materials:

  • Wooden balustrade
  • Wrought Iron balustrade
  • Aluminum or stainless steel balustrade
  • Glass balustrade

 

The design, installation, and maintenance of guardrails must comply with strict standards and regulations to guarantee user safety. These standards and regulations may vary depending on the country and the type of building where the project is located.

In this article, we will explore the French standards and regulations governing guardrails, as well as common use cases.

BALUSTRADES STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS

In France, the main standards to comply with are:

NF P01-012 Standard: This standard outlines the basic requirements for the design, installation, and maintenance of guardrails. It specifies minimum guardrail heights, allowable materials, permissible loads, and fastening methods.

NF P01-013 Standard: This standard relates to guardrails in general, establishing specifications for methods and criteria for dynamic and static testing considering their resistance to impacts and loads, as well as fastening methods.

CSTB 3034_v3 Technical Document: This standard applies to glass guardrails embedded at the base. It establishes the modalities for experimental justification and criteria determining their capacity to ensure people’s safety.

NF EN 16612 Standard: Regarding glass guardrails, this document provides a method for determining the calculation of glass resistance subjected to bending. It gives the general calculation method and guidance for resistance to perpendicular loads on linearly supported glass elements.

ERP Regulation: For public buildings (ERP), strict standards apply to ensure visitors safety. Guardrails must comply with fire safety and accessibility rules. Establishments must also ensure guaranteed and facilitated emergency access, especially on facades. ERPs rely on all the mentioned standards for their implementation.

European Standards: Preceding national standards, European standards specify the loads to apply, covering the safety of building structures and guardrails. For example, EN 1991-1-1 determines operating loads for stability calculations of building structures, and EN 16612 defines methods for calculating the resistance of glass subjected to bending, as well as guidelines for resistance to perpendicular loads on linearly assembled glass elements. Adhering to these standards is essential for international compatibility.

In France, the main standards to comply with are:

NF P01-012 Standard: This standard outlines the basic requirements for the design, installation, and maintenance of guardrails. It specifies minimum guardrail heights, allowable materials, permissible loads, and fastening methods.

NF P01-013 Standard: This standard relates to guardrails in general, establishing specifications for methods and criteria for dynamic and static testing considering their resistance to impacts and loads, as well as fastening methods.

CSTB 3034_v3 Technical Document: This standard applies to glass guardrails embedded at the base. It establishes the modalities for experimental justification and criteria determining their capacity to ensure people’s safety.

NF EN 16612 Standard: Regarding glass guardrails, this document provides a method for determining the calculation of glass resistance subjected to bending. It gives the general calculation method and guidance for resistance to perpendicular loads on linearly supported glass elements.

ERP Regulation: For public buildings (ERP), strict standards apply to ensure visitors safety. Guardrails must comply with fire safety and accessibility rules. Establishments must also ensure guaranteed and facilitated emergency access, especially on facades. ERPs rely on all the mentioned standards for their implementation.

European Standards: Preceding national standards, European standards specify the loads to apply, covering the safety of building structures and guardrails. For example, EN 1991-1-1 determines operating loads for stability calculations of building structures, and EN 16612 defines methods for calculating the resistance of glass subjected to bending, as well as guidelines for resistance to perpendicular loads on linearly assembled glass elements. Adhering to these standards is essential for international compatibility.

Additionally, Eurocodes describe the principles of design for Ultimate Limit State (ULS) and Serviceability Limit State (SLS). Determining stresses in materials and comparing their resistances helps prevent any risk of structure overload.

  • Serviceability Limit State (SLS): Used to verify that elastic deformations of the structure remain compatible with functionality.
  • Ultimate Limit State (ULS): Used to verify that structures do not undergo irreversible deformation or degradation under load and do not compromise user safety in extreme conditions.

Additionally, Eurocodes describe the principles of design for Ultimate Limit State (ULS) and Serviceability Limit State (SLS). Determining stresses in materials and comparing their resistances helps prevent any risk of structure overload.

  • Serviceability Limit State (SLS): Used to verify that elastic deformations of the structure remain compatible with functionality.
  • Ultimate Limit State (ULS): Used to verify that structures do not undergo irreversible deformation or degradation under load and do not compromise user safety in extreme conditions.

The Normal Standing Zone (NSZ)

The NSZ refers to the area where it is possible to stand naturally. This zone is the point where measurements of guardrail heights must be taken.
The minimum heights to be observed should be at least 1 meter for typical cases and 1.1 meters for specific applications such as train stations or stadium stands.

The Normal Standing Zone (NSZ)

The NSZ refers to the area where it is possible to stand naturally. This zone is the point where measurements of guardrail heights must be taken.
The minimum heights to be observed should be at least 1 meter for typical cases and 1.1 meters for specific applications such as train stations or stadium stands.

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Compliance with these standards is crucial to avoid accidents, ensure legal liability, and to guarantee the safety of all users of areas at height.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD GUARDRAIL?

A guardrail must, of course, comply with the rules and standards mentioned above. In simpler terms, a guardrail should:

 

  1. Minimum Height Requirement: It should be at least 1 meter high relative to the standing or support zone (ZSN). In the case of a guardrail on stairs, the height from the ZSN should be at least 90cm, measured from the nosing of the step.

 

  1. Fulfill Its Primary Role: The guardrail’s primary purpose is to prevent any individual from crossing the barrier. To achieve this, the filling of the guardrail should be made of a material that covers at least the first 45cm from the bottom of the barrier and does not serve as a support zone. Glass, polycarbonate, and bars are commonly used materials. Horizontal bar spacing should not exceed 14.5cm between each cable and 18cm between tubes. Vertical bar spacing should not exceed 11cm between each bar. The lower part of the guardrail must be solid and impassable. Glass provides a secure and fully closed surface while maintaining transparency and visibility.

 

  1. Respect Different Loads depending on the application location:
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For “Stadium, Station, School, Other Large Gathering Places” Applications: The guardrail height can go up to 2 meters.
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Glass balustrade for stadium use in France

A guardrail must, of course, comply with the rules and standards mentioned above. In simpler terms, a guardrail should:

 

  1. Minimum Height Requirement: It should be at least 1 meter high relative to the standing or support zone (ZSN). In the case of a guardrail on stairs, the height from the ZSN should be at least 90cm, measured from the nosing of the step.

 

  1. Fulfill Its Primary Role: The guardrail’s primary purpose is to prevent any individual from crossing the barrier. To achieve this, the filling of the guardrail should be made of a material that covers at least the first 45cm from the bottom of the barrier and does not serve as a support zone. Glass, polycarbonate, and bars are commonly used materials. Horizontal bar spacing should not exceed 14.5cm between each cable and 18cm between tubes. Vertical bar spacing should not exceed 11cm between each bar. The lower part of the guardrail must be solid and impassable. Glass provides a secure and fully closed surface while maintaining transparency and visibility.

 

  1. Respect Different Loads depending on the application location:
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For “Stadium, Station, School, Other Large Gathering Places” Applications: The guardrail height can go up to 2 meters.
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Glass balustrade for stadium use in France

VALIDATION OF GUARDRAIL PERFORMANCE

To assess the performance of a guardrail, two types of tests are conducted in France:
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Dynamic Test

The sandbag impact test involves striking a sandbag (soft body) weighing 50kg from a certain height (depending on the desired force) on a specific part of the guardrail.

The test is deemed successful when the projected sandbag does not pass through, and there are no debris projections.

Static Test

The deflection test, or static test, involves applying a force vertically on the top of the guardrail and maintaining the position for a specific duration with a certain force.

This test indicates potential deformations in the guardrail.

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These validations, along with strict compliance to the mentioned standards, are ensured by technical approval. Therefore, it is crucial for guardrails or other structural elements to provide this type of justification, thus guaranteeing the building’s safety. Experimental approval (ATEX – Experimental Technical Appraisal) can complete or substitute technical approval in certain cases.

To assess the performance of a guardrail, two types of tests are conducted in France:
essai sac
Dynamic Test

The sandbag impact test involves striking a sandbag (soft body) weighing 50kg from a certain height (depending on the desired force) on a specific part of the guardrail.

The test is deemed successful when the projected sandbag does not pass through, and there are no debris projections.

Static Test

The deflection test, or static test, involves applying a force vertically on the top of the guardrail and maintaining the position for a specific duration with a certain force.

This test indicates potential deformations in the guardrail.

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These validations, along with strict compliance to the mentioned standards, are ensured by technical approval. Therefore, it is crucial for guardrails or other structural elements to provide this type of justification, thus guaranteeing the building’s safety. Experimental approval (ATEX – Experimental Technical Appraisal) can complete or substitute technical approval in certain cases.

USE CASE FOR GLASS BALUSTRADES

Visit us at BAU 2023

Visit us at BAU 2023

We are excited to be part of the world’s leading trade fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems in Munich this year.

From 17 to 22 April, our team will showcase our latest innovations in balustrades for buildings and glass industries.
Visit us at booth 520 in hall C3 at Trade Fair Center Messe Münchento see how our solutions increase the performance of your installations.

We look forward to seeing you!