Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room 217
Incidents of falling glass from exterior balcony railings in high-rise condominiums have resulted in new standards and building code requirements that address post-breakage performance of glass. As a result, many railing specifications are calling for laminated glass to provide safety from falling glass. This presentation examines the safety concerns around glass in railing systems and the new building code requirements that address the use of these systems. The results of impact testing will be presented. In addition, the need to specify the proper glass and verify the compatibility of sealants and grouts will be discussed.