Press Release Summary:
Designed for builders, architects, and building managers, Infill Panel Installation Kit contains everything needed to retrofit non-conforming 2- and 3-line railing systems with infill panels to bring systems up to IBC specifications. It includes rivsert that is inserted into existing post or rail, 1 7/8 in. long Hollaender 146 panel connector, and 3 in. long button head cap screw that fastens panel and connector to rivsert. Virtually any type of infill panel can be attached.
Original Press Release:
New Infill Panel Installation Kit from Hollaender Easily Brings Non-Conforming Two and Three Line Railing Systems up to IBC Code
CINCINNATI, OH (February 25, 2009) - Hollaender Manufacturing has introduced an affordable and easy-to-install infill panel installation kit designed specifically for builders, architects, facility and building managers. The kit contains everything needed to retrofit existing, non-conforming two and three line railing systems with infill panels to bring the railing systems up to International Building Code (IBC) specifications. It eliminates the prohibitively high cost of removing old, non-compliant railing, and replacing it with new rail. The simple and effective kit includes a rivsert that is inserted into the existing post or rail, a 1-7/8 inch long Hollaender 146 panel connector, and a 3 inch long button head cap screw that fastens the panel and connector to the rivsert. Virtually any type of infill panel can be attached. Many buildings in the U.S. have railings that do not meet current IBC specifications. The biggest failing comes in the area of opening limitations. While local codes should be reviewed for specific requirements, current IBC code states in summary, that, "Guardrails shall be located along side of surfaces where there is a drop of more than 30 inches to the floor or grade below." It goes on to say, "Open guards shall have balusters or ornamental patterns such that a 4 inch diameter sphere cannot pass through any opening up to 34 inches." Many stairways in older buildings have 2-line rail with 20 inch openings that do not meet the 4 inch sphere rule. Other stairways have multiple horizontal rails that cause problems when local codes forbid "ladder effect' railing. About Hollaender Manufacturing
Hollaender is a manufacturer and marketer of aluminum structural pipe fittings, aluminum pipe, and infill panels, as well as final assemblies that use these components. These components are used in the design and build of handrail, guardrail and safety rail systems as well as a wide variety of unique modular pipe and fitting based structures for commercial, residential, public works and industrial applications, as well for retail store fixtures and other structural applications. Hollaender also offers consultation, design, and project management services.