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Panorama Frameless Glass Balustrade

True to its name, the Panorama is simply superb for taking in those 360-degree views.  One of the most modern styles available, the Panorama's absent top rail and completely hidden fixings create an ultra-clean look, while still providing as much safety and security as any balustrade on the market.  Its side-mounted aluminium channel design keeps everything in while letting you enjoy the view out.

Key Features
  • 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 
  • Can be installed without a top rail when using a Sentryglas interlayer
  • Structurally pre-engineered and cantilevered from a base channel or fittings
  • Available with an interlinking rail mount on the top or inside with standard toughened glass
  • Makes a design statement for high-end minimalistic architecture
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.

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
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NZ Building Code of Compliance
Producer Statement (PS1)
Installation and Operation
UNEX Loading Classification
CAD/PDF Details
Panorama Rivet File

UNEX delivers exceptional, high-performing balustrade solutions which keep Kiwis safe everywhere where they live, work and play.

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