Window Repairs

Window Repairs: Welcome changes to window regulations

With Australia’s weather warming up, and people more inclined to leave windows open, it’s worth reminding all parents and building managers of the importance of window safety due to the risk of window fall incidents involving children.

Due to these accidents the newest National Construction Code includes changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) that impact Window Repairs.

Express Glass welcomes the new code. In 2011-2012, there were 39 incidents in NSW alone of children falling from windows. Providing a product that helps avoid tragic accidents that cause death or serious injury to children is a top priority.

The BCA changes require windows in bedrooms of Class 1, 2, 3 buildings, Class 4 part of a building or Class 9B early childhood centres above the ground floor to have safety devices installed.

The BCA is constantly evolving and current or new standards don’t automatically apply to existing buildings. The real issue when considering the retrospective application of new standards is duty of care which is open to interpretation.

Based on a published consultation paper Express Glass is of the understanding that, due to the updated BCA, NSW Department of Fair Trading intends on varying the Strata Schemes Management Act to require owners corporations install window safety devices on existing buildings.

Express Glass welcomes such an amendment by the NSW Department of Fair Trading and has developed a suite of products to help building owners and managers comply with the new legislation to improve children’s safety.

Contact us to find out more. You can read the full consultation paper provided by NSW Department of Fair trading here.

About Express Glass

For over 25 years Express Glass has provided emergency glass replacement services to Australian businesses and households, operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We are the leading service provider in the glass repair and replacement industry to the business and property management sectors.

Window Replacement

Window Replacement: New window laws help prevent child falls…..

Window Replacement

On the 18th of September, the NSW Department of Fair Trading announced that it was updating legislation that would improve window safety, in response to the on-going safety issue of children and Window Replacement.

Express Glass commented on children and window safety earlier on this blog, and congratulates the NSW Government for taking this action as expected. An excerpt of the announcement released by the Department of Fair Trading is reproduced below or you can read the full announcement here.

The main points of the announcement include:

NSW Government will amend Strata and Residential Tenancies legislation to require owners corporations to install safety devices on all windows that pose a safety risk to young children.

Owners can install safety devices regardless of the by-laws of the strata scheme and to include window safety devices in the prescribed condition report for rental premises.

Owners Corporations will be required to install safety devices that allow windows above the ground floor to open to a maximum of 12.5 cm when the lock is engaged.

Owners corporations have been given five years to fit window safety devices, dating back to the release of the NSW Government’s Children and Window Safety Consultation Paper on 13 March 2013.


Glazier –

Found on the southern edge of Sydney’s CBD, Broadway Shopping Center, has a substantial glass exterior comprising of 220 glass board over its principle passageway. Express Glass was designated to overhaul the front to guarantee security, enhance style and build life span.

The Problem

The fundamental section to this expansive mall complex had initially been coated utilizing covered glass with colored interlayers. These boards were breaking down and de-overlaying, that made them unsafe and in need of substitution. There were likewise concerns in regards to the measure of daylight and high temperature passing through the windows as the front confronted east.

Inward photograph of the de-covering boards.

Inward photograph of the de-covering boards.


The glass boards could just be supplanted from the outside which represented a critical test as the front was over the fundamental entrance to the inside and augmented roughly 30 meters over the ground. A glass canopy reaching out underneath the veneer kept the utilization of a scissor lift, making access troublesome. An enlightened sign before the front secured give or take 15 boards of glass making it hard to uproot them with the signage set up. Interior access was limited and the exterior likewise had existing water hole issues that required to be tended to.

The Solution

Express glass were honored the agreement to supplant in excess of 220 glass boards in the veneer in the wake of advancing a key arrangement of substitution guaranteeing site security, item life span, ideal item execution and negligible site unsettling influence.

Rather than just applying an outside tint to the boards obliging redesigning, Low E covered overlaid glass with a slight tint was introduced by Express Glass. This glass ensured enhanced vitality execution and sunlight based control which would keep going for a long time to come. The substitution technique included all work being completed after the mall’s stretched out exchanging hours to guarantee insignificant aggravation to exchanging.

A huge access blast, which included one movement path conclusion, was utilized to supplant the boards.

To guarantee the employment was overseen suitably, Express Glass composed:

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Activity control

Passerby control

An extensive security administration plan.

Finished in one week, the undertaking likewise incorporated the re-fixing of the glass boards to prepare for future water spills.

The final result was an amazing, outwardly satisfying and vitality diminishing exterior that will serve the looking for a long time.

About Express Glass

For over 25 years Express Glass has provided emergency glass replacement services to Australian businesses and households, operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We are the leading service provider in the glass replacement and repair industry to the business and property management sectors.