Building Compliance: New Requirements
From that date, new buildings will require the installation of fixed or lockable devices or strong screens on windows located more than two metres from ground level. The proposed fixed or lockable devices will allow a window to only open 12.5 centimetres, preventing a child from climbing through. Any proposed screen must be of “sufficient strength”, however there is no guideline as yet as to what strength is sufficient.
It is important to note that the installation of lockable devices or strong screens on windows is NOT required for existing buildings. The NCC applies to new constructions only. Owners Corporations are not required to retrofit their windows.