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WHAT ARE KILONEWTONS (kN) AND WHY DO I NEED THEM?

Thursday December 14, 2023

Kilonewtons, or more commonly seen as kN, is the force that is applied to the glass balustrade. This is the test where the force is applied and a deflection measurement is taken. In the UK glass balustrade has a deflection limit of 25mm.

1.00kN equates to, rounding up, approximately 102kg

As a general overview the load requirements are as follows:

0.36kN – Internal single-family domestic or external where the drop is less than 600mm
0.74kN – External single-family domestic where the drop is 600mm or greater
1.50kN – Light commercial installations such as bars and restaurants
3.00kN – Heavy commercial installations such as stadiums, airports and stations.

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