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Shed Safe Accreditation - What it means to us and you...

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 designed.

The ShedSafe accreditation program was initiated by the ASI Steel Shed Group as a way to demonstrate the design compliance of shed suppliers.

Compliance and Safety

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 safety.

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 
their compliance.

The Shed Manufacturer has signed and 
submitted documentation confirming that all of their shed designs are in accordance with the Australian Steel Institute (ASI) Design Guide Portal Frame Sheds and Garages (2009).

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.