The minimum requirements for the use of safety glass in homes are specified by two Australian Standards: AS1288 and AS2208.
These standards define the combination of size and location for windows and doors that are required to be glazed with Grade A Safety glass.
- Produced by passing cut-to-size float glass through a heat furnace, this process introduces stress into the glass and produces a glass 4-5 times stronger than ordinary float glass.
- Toughened glass can still be broken, however if this does happen it shatters into small fragments, minimising the risk of injury caused by glass splinters.
- Usually made from two pieces of 3mm float glass with a 0.38mm poly vinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer.
- The interlayer prevents the glass from disintegrating when broken.
- The interlayer does not impact the transparency of the glass.
While laminated and toughened glass can be used interchangeably to comply with the Australian Standards selecting the most appropriate type for the location and use is essential. Chances are there would be areas in any home where the installation of safety glass could provide added protection and peace of mind for the occupants. Full height windows in family rooms and children's bedrooms; any window near a child’s bed; and most glass doors should all be specified with the right Grade A safety glass.
When considering safety around your home, the desired glazing option is one that provides the greatest peace of mind while incorporating climatic features best suited for your location.