Do health and safety and / or building regulations insist on window restraints/limiters being installed on windows above a certain number of storeys, either on general needs/domestic homes / blocks of flats / offices & shops etc.?
No – otherwise balconies would be prohibited.
However, insurance companies underwriting risks attendant with the particular use of the building may have conditions in this area.
If this question arises in design meetings, ask the Client to refer the question to their insurance company.
Can floor to ceiling windows be designed into a building?
Yes. However, any window that is less than 950mm from finished floor level (including carpeting) must have suitable glazing, for instance laminated glass incorporating a wire matrix, which complies with the relevant building regulation standards.
This question should be referred to a structural engineer for confirmation, as glazing materials that can be compliant with the relevant building control regulations are being developed on an on-going basis.