While we at Shed Boss can build your custom designed shed quickly and efficiently with top quality materials and ShedSafe accreditation, we do have to take into account many different factors before we begin construction. These can affect the legal compliance of your shed and the technical specifications we adhere to during the build.
By letting us know about these factors when you build a 3D design in our great new Shed Boss App, we can help you put your shed or barn together even more efficiently. Here are the three main factors we need to know about, which fall in line with regulations set out by Standards Australia.
As we all know, Australia is a great and beautiful country with a huge range of different climates. From inner wetlands to the hot Western Australian coastline to the raw beauty of the outback, different environments will have wildly different wind levels. By letting us know which wind region you want to build, we can better determine the structure of your shed, so it can withstand stronger gusts.
There are generally four main wind regions – A, B, C and D. A is the area that faces the lightest winds, while D faces the strongest winds. Therefore, this area may need extra reinforcement when you decide to build a shed with us. If you live inland, then it is unlikely that high winds will be a problem for you, as the area indicated as B through to D wind areas are coastal zones, mostly in the top half of the country.
Regions marked as C and D are ones likely to face cyclones or tropical cyclones at some point, so of course it’s important that we prepare your shed to stand up to this kind of weather!
Those in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania are likely to only see category A winds – but in the coastal areas of Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory you might be in one of the higher categories. Our Shed Boss App has broken it down by state and zone so you can easily identify where your property sits!
Depending on where your property is, the prevailing wind may be able to offer your shed some natural protection and minimise the impacts of cyclonic winds. Another important factor is the surrounding buildings. If your shed is standing alone in an open area, then it does not have any shielding. One or two buildings between the prevailing wind and your shed is classed as partial shielding, while buildings blocking off this wind completely is full shielding.
This will also depend on the orientation of your shed, so once you have worked out the type and size of your shed, let us know this factor and we can use the appropriate specifications to suit the level of wind that directly hits your shed.
Preparing your shed appropriately for wind loads doesn’t just mean working out where your shed is in relation to the gusts either – we look at the ground as well. By giving us an idea of the terrain you want to build on, we can better protect your new shed asset.
The Shed Boss App has six different categories of surrounding terrain, which range from poorly grassed and exposed terrain through to city buildings, with various levels of housing, grass and trees in between. We also factor in seaside houses.
By letting us know these three details in the Shed Boss App, you give us a fantastic idea of how to not just make your shed a great, functional building on your property, but also how to make it safe and sound against the Australian weather.