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Framed Baluster — Ascot Style
Description

Unex's Ascot Style features Aluminium Vertical Balusters as its infill panels featuring vertical uprights with a choice of 5 interchangeable top rail options, all of which can be finished in a range of colours. This traditional and cost-effective system still remains a very popular style.  

Key Features
  • Range of six plus top rails to choose from
  • Designed for standard heights up to 1200mm from finished deck level
  • Wide range of finish options — can be powdercoated or anodised in all standard NZ colours
  • Standard specifications available for top or side fixing to both Timber and Concrete
  • Specifications for non-standard situations may be provided by Unex Systems, upon request
  • Screws together with minimal, if any, welds required
  • Made from 6000 series extruded aluminium alloys
  • Installed only by Authorised Fabricators, available nationwide
  • Choice of standard 16mm square baluster or the heavy duty 19mm square baluster
  • Post option available for side-fixed situations to conceal screw fixings
Scope of Use

The Ascot vertical baluster style by UNEX can be used for both external and internal applications, including decks, balconies, stairways and landings, mezzanine floors, pedestrian gates, and pool fences, etc.

UNEX balustrades are designed to and comply with 'A', 'B', 'E' and 'C3' loadings of AS/NZS 1170.1:2002 for residential applications, office, and work areas, as well as areas for moving people without obstacles.

A wide range of fixing options are available to fix to the top and sides of both timber and concrete substrates.  UNEX's DKG2 gutter bracket system is designed for membrane decks with gutters and waterproofing considerations. Site-specific specifications may also be provided upon request for those non-standard situations.

The standard powders used by UNEX (the Interpon powder coat range) can be used right down to sea level, provided the care and maintenance instructions are adhered to.

Limitations on Use

UNEX designs for residential situations, office, and work areas, as well as for areas with moving people, however, cannot be used for 'C1/C2', 'C5' or 'D' Loadings. In these applications, UNEX recommends the use of its 'Extreme Barriers' range of styles which has been specifically developed for these higher loadings in crowd and public situations.  

The standard UNEX top rails comply with the handrail profile requirements of D1/AS1 for “Private” and “Common” stairways (with the exception of the #ARC and #ART top rails), but do not comply for “Accessible Stairways or Ramps”.

Where a top rail of a balustrade on a stairway does not comply with D1/AS1, Unex Systems recommends an auxiliary complying handrail is mounted to the side of the balustrade posts.

For certain buildings - such as architectural sky rises (over 3 stories high), light commercial or high pollution areas - a higher grade powder coat powder must be specified.  

Statement of Building Code Compliance

UNEX has designed its range of balustrade styles to comply with the B1, B2, E2, and F4 requirements of the NZ Building Code and are suitable for occupancy types “A”, “B, E” and “C3” in accordance with AS/NZS 1170. For more information, please refer to the “NZ Building Code Compliance” document (right).

Producer Statements for all standard specifications can be created online in the registered area of the UNEX website. For non-standard situations not covered by Unex's specifications, a site-specific PS1 and specification may be prepared by UNEX upon request.

In-Service History

UNEX specialises in designing and manufacturing architectural balustrade systems throughout Australasia having done so since 1981.  

All vertical baluster styles have been incorporated in Unex’s range from the beginning, as a “traditional” and cost-effective style. A number of enhancements have been made throughout this time — in particular during 2008, when the building code changed to incorporate AS/NZS1170 which meant that the required balustrades loads effectively doubled and again in 2016 when the building code stipulated glass styles required interlinking top rails. Unex then redesigned a number of their balustrade extrusions to ensure these loads and safety precautions were adequately met.

B1 Structure compliant
Structure
B2 Durability compliant
Durability
E2 External Moisture compliant
External Moisture
F4 Safety from Falling compliant
Safety from Falling
Documents
UNEX Promotional Catalogue

ZUPPB

NZ Building Code Compliance
Producer Statement
Authorised Fabricators
UNEX Authorised Fabricators
Colour Range
CAD/PDF Details
Filters
Fixing Specs
Assembly Specification w/VRT Top Rail

AS.01.04T

NZBAL-A12.0

Assembly Specification w/ART Top Rail

AS.01.05T

Assembly Specification

Assembly Specification w/PRR Top Rail

AS.01.06T

NZBAL-A12.0

Assembly Specification w/VRE Top Rail

AS.01.08T

NZBAL-A12.0

Assembly Specification w/VRR Top Rail

AS.01.12T

NZBAL-A12.0

Dry Timber, Side Fixing, Screws, 90mm Edge Joist

FS.1S.04.01

Dry Timber, Side Fixing, Bolts

FS.1S.06.01

Dry Timber, DKG2 Fixing, Screws, 90mm Edge Joist

FS.1S.07.01

Dry Timber, DKFB Fixing, Screws, 90mm Edge Joist

FS.1S.08.01

Dry Timber, Top Fixing, 65mm CRS

FS.1T.01.00

Dry Timber, Top Fixing, 90mm CRS

FS.1T.02.00

Wet Timber, Side Fixing, Screws, 90mm Edge Joist

FS.2S.04.01

Wet Timber, Side Fixing, Screws, 135mm Edge Joist

FS.2S.05.01

Wet Timber, Side Fixing, Bolts

FS.2S.06.01

Wet Timber, Top Fixing, 65mm CRS

FS.2T.01.00

Wet Timber, Top Fixing, 90mm CRS

FS.2T.02.00

Concrete, DKG2 Fixing, Expoxy-set Anchors

FS.3S.07.01

Concrete, Side Fixing, Epoxy-set Anchors

FS.3S.19.01

Concrete, Top Fixing, Epoxy-set Anchors, 65mm CRS

FS.3T.01.00

Concrete, Top Fixing, Epoxy-set Anchors, 90mm CRS

FS.3T.02.00

Concrete, Post Built-into

FS.3T.12.01

Masonry, Side Fixing, Epoxy-set Anchors

FS.4S.19.00

Masonry, Top Fixing, Epoxy-set Anchors, 65mm CRS

FS.4T.01.00

Masonry, Top Fixing, Epoxy-set Anchors, 90mm CRS

FS.4T.02.00

Steel, Side Fixing, Bolts

FS.5S.06.01

Steel, Top Fixing, Inline Bolts

FS.5T.00.00_75

Steel, Top Fixing, Inline Bolts

FS.5T.00.00_90

Steel, Top Fixing, Bolts, 65mm CRS

FS.5T.01.00

Style Specification w/VRT Top Rail

SS.01.04T

NZBAL-A12.0

Style Specification w/ART Top Rail

SS.01.05T

NZBAL-A12.0

Style Specification w/PRR Top Rail

SS.01.06T

NZBAL-A12.0

Style Specification w/VRE Top Rail

SS.01.08T

NZBAL-A12.0

Style Specification w/VRR Top Rail

SS.01.12T

NZBAL-A12.0

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