Marking of glass

According to the National Building Regulations, all individual panes of glass with safety glazing materials must have a permanent marking with the following codes:

 

Glass Code 1: Human Impact Glass Code 2: Burglary & Vandalism Glass Code 3: Armed Attack
Types of Glazing Materials
NS PVB Laminate
HPR PVB Laminate
Resin Laminate
Toughened Safety Glass
Or any other glazing material that complies with the requirements of SANS 1263 Part 1
HI PVB Laminate
Any other glazing material that complies with the requirements of SANS 1263 Part 2
Multi Laminate Bullet Resisting Glass of PVB and/or Resin Laminates
Any other glazing materials that comply with the requirements of SANS 1263 Part 3


Safety glazing materials that comply with the requirements of SANS 1263-1, must be used in the following contexts:

• On doors and sidelights that form part of an entrance of up to 2100 mm from the floor level
• On windows that have a sill height of less than 500 mm from the floor
• On windows that have a sill height of less than 800 mm from the floor, without a barrier preventing people from coming into contact with the glass
• On a bath enclosure or shower cubicle
• On a shop front or display window within 2100 mm from the floor level
• On a wall or balustrade for a stairway, ramp, landing or balcony
• On glass used within 1800 mm of the pitch of a stairway or the surface of a ramp, landing or balcony
• On glass that is sloped or horizontal
• On a mirror installed as a cupboard door facing, where the cupboard door is less than 800 mm above the floor level and has no solid backing.
• On glass around swimming pools and ice rinks
• On internal partitions that form escape routes buildings, where the partitions start within 2100 mm of the floor level.

Glass structure Type of glazing
Balustrades Toughened safety glass (unless the balustrades have a rigid support on all sides)
Horizontal or sloping applications Laminated safety glass (toughened safety glass may only be used when individual panes are framed on all sides)
All other types, including but not limited to, structures in excess of 10 m in height, overhead glass, glass flooring, three- and one-edge supported glass and glass for balustrading supported by clamps The type of glazing must be signed off and approved in writing by a competent person.

Compiled by Daniella Favis for Builders’ Space. Source: SAGGA.

See more information on the types and uses of the glass mentioned above. For any other information, see the South African Glass and Glazing Association.