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Frameless Glass — Panorama Style

The Unex Systems’ Side Mounted Channel System “AZS” is frameless glass infill cantilevered from an aluminium side-mounted channel using mechanical fixings, which can be finished in a colour of your choice. This style has been designed to offer a slim, minimalistic and smooth balustrade system – suited to even the most up market architectural buildings.

Key Features
  • Designed for standard heights up to 1200mm from finished deck level
  • Range of colours - can be powder coated or anodised in all standard NZ colours
  • Standard specifications available for fixing to dry/membrane timber, open/wet timber, steel and concrete substrates
  • Aesthetically minimalistic – at only 133mm high and 50mm wide
  • Specifications for non-standard situations may be provided by Unex Systems upon request
  • Installed only by Authorised Fabricators, available nationwide
  • Designed for wind speeds up to 64m/s (ULS)
  • Glass infill to be Grade A Safety Toughened with a thickness of 10mm-12mm (most common)
  • Additional hand rail option 
  • Non-structural front cover – meaning alternative covers can be designed to suit your application
Scope of Use

The “AZS Side-Mount Channel” by Unex Systems can be used for both external and internal applications, including decks, balconies, stairways and landings and pool fences, etc. Unex Systems’ Arena brand is designed to and complies 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.

There is a number of standard fixing options available to fix to the side of dry timber (with water-proofing considerations), wet/open timber, steel PFC and concrete substrates.  Site-specific specifications may also be provided upon request for those non-standard situations.

The standard powders used by Unex Systems – 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

The Side-Mount Mechanical Channel cannot be used for “C1/C2”, “C5” or “D” loadings.  

In these applications, Unex Systems recommends the use of the “Extreme Barriers” range which has been specifically developed for these higher loadings in crowd and public situations.  

There are certain risks to consumers associated with glass balustrades where no other form of top rail exists.  Refer to “Specification Notes” sheet (available for download on the right) and in particular, the “Risk to Consumers” section, for further information and to make an informed decision.

The AZS Side-Mount Channel is designed to take a maximum of 12mm thick Safety Toughened Glass. With this restriction, no standard specifications are currently available for at 1.2 metres high when preventing a fall of 1.0 metre or more. For certain buildings - such as architectural sky rises (over 3 stories high) and light commercial and high pollution areas - a higher grade powder coat powder must be specified.

Statement of Building Code Compliance

Unex Systems has designed its Arena range to comply with the B1, B2, F2 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.

Producer Statements for all standard specifications can be created online in the registered area of the Unex Systems website.

For non-standard situations not covered by our specifications, a site-specific PS1 and specification may be prepared by Unex Systems upon request.

In-Service History

Unex Systems has specialised in designing and manufacturing architectural balustrade systems throughout Australasia and beyond since 1981.  

This “AZS Side-Mount Channel” frameless glass style has been incorporated in Unex’s range since 2010, designed in response to increasing needs of the market place for a range of frameless glass styles.  This system has since been used in a number of jobs right throughout New Zealand.

B1 Structure compliant
B2 Durability compliant
F2 Hazardous Building Materials compliant
Hazardous Building Materials
F4 Safety from Falling compliant
Safety from Falling
UNEX Promotional Catalogue


NZ Building Code Compliance
Maintenance Instructions
Specification Notes
UNEX Authorised Fabricators
Arena AZS Side-Mount Channel Brochure
Colour Range
CAD/PDF Details
Central Fixing, 135mm Joist

F.16.01 AZS

Wet Timber, Central Fixing Bolts


Wet Timber 56mm CRS, 90mm Joist


Wet Timber 56mm CRS, 135mm Joist


Wet Timber 36mm CRS, 135mm Joist


Concrete, Central Epoxy Anchors


Steel PFC, Central Bolts


Arena AZS Side-Mount Channel Style


Arena AZS Side-Mounted Channel with ARN Top Rail Style


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