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Why do my bifold doors have to have motif’s displayed across the glass? They look better without them.

Under AS1288-2006 Australian Standards Glass in Building any glazing that is capable of being mistaken for a doorway or opening (previously known as unimpeded path of travel) must have a motif displayed on the glass.

Motifs are required for the following:

• A glass doorway, eg sliding door, bifold door, hinged door must be fitted with Safety A glass or laminated glass

• An opening between inside and outside of a building, eg a full glass fixed panel

• Any glazing that can result in human impact cause any type of bodily harm to a human being

In other words, glazing that conforms to the following and shall not be considered to be capable of being mistaken for a doorway or opening:

1) The glass size width is less than or equal to 500mm;

2) The glass size height is less than or equal to 1000mm;

3) The lowest glass sightline is higher than 500mm above the floor level in residential buildings

4) Where a crash/chair rail, handrail or transom is provided and located with its upper edges not less than 700mm or its bottom edge not more than 1000mm above the floor level

Outside these following parameters glass panels will need to be fitted with a motif that is:

Permanently etched into the glass OR Self adhesive label that cannot be removed in a single action

This means motifs are placed on glass where,

1) The glass size width is more than 500mm; and

2) The glass size height is more than 1000mm;

3) The glass located within 700mm of the floor

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