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Building guards standard CSA A500 explained at Glass Connections


May 16, 2017
By Canadian Glass Association

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Glass Connections in Burnaby, B.C., – taking place June 7 and 8 – will feature a presentation by Sergei Mihhailenko and Les Szczepanski explaining the new CSA A500 standard for building guards and its implications for glass balustrade construction in Canada. This standard will soon be referenced by the NBC and provincial building codes. Glass Connections is presented by the Canadian Glass Association.

The CSA just released the “A500-16 Building Guards” standard and if your business includes  the glazing of balustrades, railings, staircases, or other guards (whether indoors or outdoors), compliance will soon be mandatory. This standard specifies requirements for the materials, design, construction, testing, and performance of building guards that act as protective barriers to prevent accidental falls from one level to another, and includes walls that serve this purpose. The new standard brings a number of challenges, hurdles, testing requirements, and submissions that must be done to prove compliance.

ABOUT SERGEI MIHHAILENKO, P.E., C.E., MIHKO ENGINEERING, LTD
Mihhailenko has extensive experience in structural engineering and building envelope design, specializing in aluminum curtainwalls and architectural glazing.

ABOUT LES SZCZEPANSKI, P.E., OLDCASTLE BUILDINGENVELOPE
Szczepanski serves as Technical Services Manager at Oldcastle BuldingEnvelope Mississauga and is a member of the Technical Committee on Building Guards that developed the CSA A500.

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