Stairs and balustrades are a critical component of a building and are a life safety risk if not designed and constructed appropriately. We often have difficulty in obtaining adequate documentation for the approval of stair and balustrade construction. Often client decisions are yet to be made on suppliers and appearance and as such there is reluctance to document a solution and engage appropriate engineering input that custom designs require. For more standard designs Wood Solutions have a useful guide document that provides span tables and connections. It is important that all members are specified along with their connections to allow building approvals.