How did SHED SAFE come about?
In 2006, following the devastation of the Cyclone Larry in North
Queensland Government Regulators and Building Certifiers called on the
Australian Steel Institute (ASI) to facilitate design compliance with
the Building Code of Australia for steel sheds. Regulators also pointed
out that shed failures where not limited to cyclonic areas and was an
issue shed for in all regions of Australia.
The ASI responded to regulator requests for design compliance by
publishing the Steel Shed Design Guide for Portal Frames Sheds and
Garages in 2008. The design guide provides guidance for engineers &
designers in the correct application of design codes for steel sheds.
The design guide encourages efficient design of BCA compliant sheds
that are able to withstand the weather conditions for which they are
The ShedSafe accreditation program was initiated by the ASI Steel
Shed Group as a way to demonstrate the design compliance of shed
ShedSafe provides an opportunity for Shed suppliers to
demonstrate their compliance with the Building Code of Australia via the
ShedSafe third party accreditation program.
ShedSafe is about sheds meeting the requirements of the Building Code
of Australia which has requirements for structural and community
Wind loads on a shed are the main force sheds need resist, and the
wind will always find the weakest point in a shed. Whilst some sheds
appear to be robust, all the structural parts of the shed need to be
designed correctly to withstand the wind loads.
The ShedSafe program reviews the engineering plans and calculations
provided by the consulting engineer engaged by the shed supplier. The
review considers the design principles for compliance with the Building
Code of Australia.
Shed Safe Assurance
ShedSafe is a two tiered accreditation program, accrediting both
the manufacturers responsible for the engineering and design, and the
shed sellers responsible for making sure these designs are the best fit
for their customers.
ShedSafe accreditation is your assurance as a
shed buyer that the:
Shed Manufacturer has undergone a review by an independent third party.
This means that the engineering principles, plans and structural
calculations used by the Shed Manufacturer have been subject to a design
and documentation review undertaken by an independent third party
structural engineer and that these have met the ShedSafe criteria.
Shed Manufacturer has assured
The Shed Manufacturer has signed and
confirming that all of their shed designs are in accordance with the
Australian Steel Institute (ASI) Design Guide Portal Frame Sheds and
Shed Seller will recommend a shed
design suitable for your site location and use.
This means that the Shed Seller has undertaken training and will
recommend a shed with a design suitable for your specific site and
building use, based upon the information provided to them by you and/or
confirmed through a site visit.