In previous posts we blogged about falling balcony glass in a number of Toronto condos and the resultingclass action lawsuits. The Ontario government announcedtoday that an amendment has been made to the Ontario Building Code relating to the design and installation of glass balcony guards. The new prescribed types of glass are less likely to break due to force or temperature variances. The amendment will apply to buildings for which a building permit is issued on or after July 1, 2012.
The amended requirements are based on recommendations made by the Expert Advisory Panel on Glass Panels, which the provincial government established after the incidents of falling glass started to occur.