Shed Fire Safety!

Posted on : October 27, 2011

Shedeye Science.

Shed and Garage Fire Safety

Number 0001 of the Shedeye Science Series.

All garden sheds, domestics sheds and garages are a potential fire hazard – not from the shed itself – but from the behaviour of the owners and what they store inside the structure. Currently there are no rules in relation to alarms or safety procedures for sheds and garages. All Australia States have useful information on fire safety in Class 10A buildings as shown below for each state:

Just about every shed or garage (whatever variety) in Australia is utilised for storage from household furniture, cars, workshops, garden equipment & chemicals, pool chemicals, motor bikes, electric machinery, gas, fuels & oils, paint and junk. A great many of these items are highly flamable and hard to extinguish when ignited. This list is only small and some of the above combinations of the items above can be very dangerous. It is wise to consult with the above websites on the dangers of these various combinations. The Queensland Fire website has a specialised Shed Fire Safety report that could be extremely valuable to all shed owners in Australia. If in doubt call your local Fire Brigade if you are unsure of any of these instructions given in the report. Rural sheds have a different set of rules regarding fire safety and the above websites should be able to assist in this area.

Below is a photo of a double garage steel shed that resulted in costly damage to property, motor vehicles and a costly visit by the local fire brigade. Along with insurance claims and the lengthy time period for replacement – there is also the very high risk of injury or death to people. The causes of all shed fires have to investigated by the fire department to provide data for insurance claims and statistics.

The Results of fire in a double garage!

The Queensland statistics for Fire Safety Measures conducted in 2008 are below.

Fire safety measures

Of the 1,589,354 Queensland households an estimated:

  • · 97.3% (1,547,001) has smoke alarms;
  • · 93.5% (1,485,847) has a safety switch or circuit breaker;
  • · 78.6% (1,249,457) removes external fuel sources from around their home;
  • · 51.8% (822,561) has a home fire evacuation plan;
  • · 44.1% (700,487) has a non-mains external water supply;
  • · 42.4% (674,103) has a fire extinguisher;
  • · 31.5% (500,398) has a fire blanket;
  • · 9.9% (156,829) have a bushfire survival plan; and
  • · 2.7% (43,218) has a fire sprinkler system.

But how many have applied these concerns to your garage or shed? How many sheds have fire alarms installed, and how many are fitted with fire extinguishers. These two items should be compulsory for the backyard shed in Australia. There are roughly 10,000 house fires per year, causing more than 1,500 injuries and 70 deaths. Currently there are no statistics for shed fires only in Australia but a search of shed fires on Google will result in many hits.

The problem with sheds being utilised as living space is not only illegal, but does not comply with BCA Class 1 building regulations and hence a very high risk fire hazard. Power connection to a shed also requires a Licensed Electrician for all electrical work in the shed. Extension leads providing power and lighting to the shed are highly dangerous and illegal. All electrical installations must comply with Australian Standards and the BCA as well as being completed by a licensed electrician.

Safety in our domestic garage or shed is important and these items above should be discussed during your investigation or quoting stage from a shed reseller. The cost of smoke alarms and fire extinguishers is very small in relation to the overall shed cost.

Do a quick check on your shed – before it too late. Make sure you check out the relevant fire services in your state for safety procedures and regulations. Workplaces in Australia required Material Saftey Data Sheets on all chemicals, liquids etc not only for fire harzard reasons but for poison dangers also. We ask employers to provide this for the saftey of all employees – yet don’t apply the same rules to family and friends. The number of shed fires have increased recently in the news and endangers life and property.

Is Your Shed Shedeye Science Safe this Weekend?

The number of posts in the Shed Forum on this topic highlights the number of sheds have been burnt down in the last year.

See Article in the Shed Forum!

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Sheds in QLD cost more.

Posted on : October 10, 2011

Sheds in Queenslands rural areas to cost $27,000 more?

Pineapple Packing Shed

Under the new draft put forward by the Queensland Government, an extra $27,254 is to be added to farmers if they wish to build a new shed for packaging, storage or transport on their own property as construction on Strategic Cropping Land (SCL) now will come under the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).

If this draft is accepted through the QLD parliament – then the extra $27,000 plus will be added on top of all the other fees and charges neccessary to construct a shed on agricultural land. So the local council that usually has influence over these local building applications will have to cede to the rule of the State Government. The red tape increase for a shed supplier in Queensland will also become a nightmare as dealing with all the DERM requirements regarding environment and resource management will be out of the normal field of the shed industry facilities.

The new requirements apply to sheds over 750 square meters and to packaging facilities, accomodation for workers and tourists. The additional fee would prevent the increase of an agricultural business expanding operations that would normally employ more people and generate more income.

A DERM spokesman said  “DERM will act as a concurrence agency for any development requiring assessment under the Sustainable Planning Act.” We are talking about the shed industry and agriculture here – and the DERM spokesman (not person) states this! Being a concurrance agency for any development leaves the door open for the department to step in at any time during a development. This draft should be altered drastically or it will effect the large shed construction industry in Queensland.

The problem with a draft is that the QLD government take submissions (only the ones they chose) and then enact the legislation very quickly. The shed industry in general – if it had an Australian Association of members, then it could lobby the government and may be able to prevent this going through.

Mango Packing Shed

The Queensland Times is the only publication that is reporting this new draft and a lot of support is needed if the draft is to be stopped. The rural and agricultural industries in Queensland have been through enough without another regulation that if not obeyed could end up in court. The recent Tax Summit also highlighted the need to reduce the red tape – and this one will effect many industries. Shedeye is preparing a submission to lodge in relation to this draft proposal, invites all in the industries to send submissions to Shedeye to compile this submission in opposing the implementation of this draft.

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ShedSafe – An Industry Body or A Brand – Part 2?

Posted on : September 28, 2011

Shedsafe errors in the requirements of its members?

This Part 2 (of many to come) is basically regarding the accreditation requirements placed on its manufacturers of sheds that are Shedsafe Accredited. The first requirement that is outlined below is in regard to the thickness of the steel roofing utilised in shed construction. Prior to delving into this area – a brief explanation of the product flow is required of the steel used in the shed roof cladding .

The steel manufacturers process iron ore in a furnace to produce steel – very basic and this is then transformed into the many steel products available on the market. The roof sheet steel is in a coil approximately 940mm wide with a BMT (Base Metal Thickness) of 0.42mm which can have a Coloured paint coating or Zinc Aluminium Alloy. This coil is sold to the metal rollformers to run through a rollforming machine to get the required profile of roofing. These companies also rollform the purlins, battens, tophat, gutters, ridge cap, fascia, barge mould, gable roll and fold most of the required metal flashings. These are all rolled from an order from the shed manufacturer according to the shed being supplied. In some cases the shed reseller may be part of a large group and simply order direct from the parent rollformer.

So the rolled coloured corrugated roofing arrives on site (and all other parts) as a direct result from the customer shed order that has been designed, approved, manufactured, delivered and ready for erection. Your shed is also issued with a 15 year roofing, cladding and purlin warranty from the steel manufacturer also sometimes the parent company of the shed reseller.

Lets start with the quote to the customer from the shed reseller. You’ve given all the details of your requirements of a shed and accepted the quote. Here is a small sample of one such Shedsafe Accredited reseller that is also owned by a national Shedsafe Accredited Shed manufacturer.

 

Details of Roof Sheet Thickness

 

Notice the roof cladding is 0.40 TCT Trimdek Profile C/B. The Trimdek and Colorbond description is fine, the 0.40 TCT is the roof sheet properties – that is in this case a 0.40mm thick Total Coated Thickness or back to the earlier description is equivalent of 0.35mm BMT (Base Metal Thickness). So this is 0.07mm thinner than the normal roof sheeting that should be installed on a domestic sheds. Why do they supply this sheeting for roof materials on sheds? Because it’s cheaper and many people don’t know the difference! So Shedsafe accredited resellers and manufacturers have been through the extensive training and requirements of the ASI run Shedsafe group. In fact in one of their requirements of shed manufacturers to become accredited is the fact outlined above regarding product warranty for 15 years. Here is the item by Shedsafe that requires manufacturers and resellers to:

 

15 Year Roofing Warranty

 

So the Shed Industry Benchmark group of Shedsafe – is setting the target or requirement of a 15 year warranty and its strick accreditation process is followed by all of its members. So the sample above (a shed which was supplied in 0.35BMT roofing) will have a 15 year warranty? WRONG.

Now lets look at Shedsafe again, an industry body run by the ASI of which BlueScope is the major sponsor. BlueScope also manufacturers the steel coloured coil for these very same Shedsafe accredited manufacturers and resellers. So lets examine the warranty for 0.35BMT roofing use in sheds.

 

 

BlueScope Roofing & Cladding Warranty

 

The main part in this warranty is that the supplier of the steel will not give a warranty on the 0.35BMT roofing that can be found in part 1 of the terms and conditions of the BlueScope Shed & Garage Warranty.  The basic error is that the BlueScope run ASI and its ShedSafe group have not covered all the small detail and continues to stipulate that Shedsafe accreditation is the Industry Benchmark. If they cannot enforce a simple base metal thickness that the manufacturer stipulates – what else is also wrong?

If your shed is supplied with 0.35BMT (or 0.40TCT) roofing – then it is not covered by the BlueScope warranty and the shed reseller will have to provide an independent cover for this warranty. Will they provide a 15 Year warranty on a 0.35 BMT thick roof sheet?
Accreditation is a simple word that enforces the meaning of having all the checks and processes in place to eliminate error.
This is one error that Shedsafe has to correct.
Next week part 3 – more detail of the marketing group Shedsafe!
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Steel shed price Rise

Posted on : September 19, 2011

Steel Price Rise Due in next 3 to 7 Weeks

BlueScope Distribution has notified customers of an impending two tier price rise in the coming weeks. It involves a base steel rise of between $60 to $120 per tonne on most product groups. As well they will be implementing specific surcharges to recoup key costs. These surcharges will be provided shortly.

 

Steel Shed Prices will rise with Australian Steel?

 

This comes after a significant bonus of over $3 million was paid to Key BlueScope Management (11 people) as a reward for leadership – not profit incentive? The notification states that volitilty in steel prices, rising labour costs, rising freight costs, rising processing costs, rising warehouse costs, and a rise in general utilities are the reasons. Along with the iron ore and coal price increase that has caused the steel price rise – the others will be included in the additional surcharges.

They state they have begun to receive notice from their steel suppliers (BlueScope Steel) of pending price increases. This does not look good for further sales of BlueScope Steel in the shed industry. With imports on the rise at cheaper prices currently – this price rise will further erode steel sales by BlueScope.

It will also follow by a notification by One Steel on its price increase – so many of the big shed manufacturers will be importing direct to keep competitive in the shed industry. Many of the big reseller shed companies will want to lock in prices for as long as possible to avoid this increase. Negotiations are already occurring between some of the big rollformers and BlueScope, along with talks between rollformers and shed companies.

 

Have you been told of this price rise?

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Strange Shed – Balancing Barn?

Posted on : September 9, 2011

The shed/barn house is 100 feet long and only 50 feet of the base is on solid ground? There’s even a window in the floor to look down to the grassy area below.

Balancing Barn - Would you feel safe?

This is a holiday home that you can rent that is a few miles inland from the Suffolk Coast in the UK.  Some renters of the property worry if too many people go to the end it will tip! Maybe only a few too many meat pies for lunch could tip the scales of balance. You can rent this  “The Balancing Barn” (www.living-architecture.co.uk) that sleeps up to eight people and costs from £638 for a four-night midweek stay. The house was designed, built and owned by the not for profit group Living Architecture – whose co-founder designed this, Mr. Alain de Botton. Very different Alain.

Heres another view of the amazing Balancing Barn:

Strange Shed? For Rent

 They say as soon as you enter and walk across the threshold of the balancing point – you feel strangely in danger of it tipping! The floor window above the swing would also add to this.

Don’t think our portal frame sheds could delve into this magnitude of architecture?
 

 

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Shedeye approaches 100,000 visits

Posted on : September 1, 2011

We are very, very happy with these results.  Our plan was for the Shedeye site and the ShedBlog to reach this number by mid next year!

A good portion of our users are return users.

This is last months demographic spread from google analytic’s.  This should be very interesting to some, as it shows where shed enquiries are coming from.

What shed site is the most popular in Australia?  Widespan? Ranbuild? Fairdinkum? BuyashedShedsOnline? Some other site?

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10,000 Steel Shed Images

Posted on : August 27, 2011

Shedeye has reached its goal of being the largest shed image library in the world.

Shedeye has over 10,000 shed images in its library, all custom made by you the public.

A selection of some of the most recent images are below.



 

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Imported Steel for Sheds?

Posted on : August 20, 2011

This picture was taken only two weeks ago.

For non shed readers, steel manufacturers create hot rolled steel, for sheds they then create cold rolled steel that is consumed by rollformers to create the portal frame for your shed.

At each of these stages there is a chance that steel is imported, the rollforming for custom designed sheds is usually done in Australia as the volume of the kit reduces the economics of importing, the lack of economies of standard colour and sizes and the delivery network make it more economical to do in australia.

Australia has high standards and locally produced Bluescope / Onesteel steel is of an excellent quality meeting all of the Australian standards.  It is very unusual for Australian manufactured steel to crack during roll forming and usually has a very high consistency gauge.  Ask any roll former and they will tell you that the quality of some imports is hopeless, and that it has a greater chance of splitting or causing issues with the machinery due to greater irregularity in steel gauge across the coil.

A growing portion of cold rolled coil is coming from overseas and you will not see made in Australia printed on any coil now days, just “made by manufacturer x”.

The question for the readers is, who was this steel imported from?

To explain the above further – the cold rolling part of the manufacture process starts off initially as cold, but as the material is rolled it is reduced in thickness and also gains heat. The steel at this point changes in mechanical property regarding strength etc, and also usually bathed in oil to prevent rusting if exposed to H2O and O2. This cold rolling gives the steel the mechanical properties required depending on the thickness required for end product use. These coils may also be heated (cold rolled annealed) to make the steel more flexible for folding processes, and the to a coating line to galvanise (coated in zinc) or Zincalume line (zinc-aluminium alloy) with painting (colour) if required. Cold rolled steel is then made available in different grades, properties and coating depending on the end usage. For example the purlin in the above photo is C20015 and is from a G450, Z350 coil. The G450 indicates the minimum yield strength in MPa, and the Z350 is the coating of Zinc – in this case was minimum 175 grams per square meter on the top an bottom of the coil. All these factors can vary depending on use – but what guarantess can be given that the imported coil used has the same strength, properties and coating requirements compared to that of BlueScope Australian made?

Are the coils below imported or Australian made?

Cold Rolled Zinc Coil

 

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Innovation Award Submission 1

Posted on : August 12, 2011

The first Innovation Submission is from Campbell Shed Products. The following is an excerpt from their website http://www.shedproducts.com/about-us.html in regard to the history of this company and it’s innovative founder Mr. Errol Campbell.

Campbell Shed Products Pty Ltd is a Grafton based, private sector, free enterprise business pioneered and managed by local Errol Campbell. It supplies the retail shed industry and hardware outlets of Australia with an expanding range of quality, innovative shed and garage products, components and accessories.

Campbell Shed Products has been successfully running for over 20 years. From humble beginnings as a pre engineered building fabricator and constructor to it’s own company having developed it’s own line of world first products during that time.

Errol has won various awards for his achievements and has created a new concept in the pre-fabricated building industry. In June 1999 Errol was rewarded for his accolades and won the Utility Section of the Inventor’s Fair held in conjunction with the international Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival.

In recent years, Campbell Shed Products has delved into the new market of accessories and components for the pre-engineered building industry. He has pioneered a range of products boasting to add additional perfection to a once thought basic shed. These include Vermaseal, FormGirt and are currently working on a full range of Retroseal products. They have grown from strength to strength and are now nation wide distributors from their Grafton factory.

Errol’s inquiring mind is said to be the motive behind the ideas. He felt he could significantly contribute to the growing industry. On receiving positive feedback on the new products, he pursued these concepts to be later left with a line of world first products.

Campbell Shed Products have also won government grants and as a result is a member of the prestigious ATS (Australian Technology Showcase).

 

Now to the product that Errol has chosen to represent Campbell Shed Products in the Shedeye Innovation Awards.

The below is the promotional detail on the “Superseal” which is a Multipurpose PVC vermin and weatherproof flashing that can be added to new or existing metal clad sheds, garages and homes with concrete floors. Not only is it easily installed – the multiple benefits it provides are numerous and quite unique.

"The Retroseal Superseal"

The features are numerous and include, snake & vermin proofing, maintains a drip free edge for the metal wall sheets, the internal skirt allows easy cleaning, very easy installation with a Tek screw though the sheet into the “Superseal”, UV protected, will not rust and also allows for up to 27mm of variation in the slab.

Here is a closer look at the detail (not to scale)

It must have been a difficult task for Errol to nominate this product over the others in the range. All of Campbell Shed Products could be successfully entered in these Awards.

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Is the Shed Safe Prize Winner

Posted on : August 10, 2011

UPDATE : For ShedSafe information go to this article

 

TheShedMan in the Shedeye forums has nailed the question.

TheShedMan has some great knowledge, take a look at some of his posts.

Have you worked it out yet!!!

A case of beer will be on its way shortly!

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Shed of Sticks

Posted on : August 5, 2011

Murtoa’s Stick Shed

This shed is possibly the most interesting example of construction in Austrlia. This iconic shed in Victoria has recently been “renovated” for a cost of $1.2 million. There were lots of people against the renovation for space reasons and money that may have been better spent. But the end result is an eye opener as you can see from some of the photos below.

Murtoa Stick Shed 1

The shed is 260m long, 19m high with 2.5m sides. it is held up by 560 unmilled timber poles. It was built in 1941 for wheat storage. There were originally two built (the other was twice as big) and there were plans to build a third. The larger was demolished in the early 1970s. A similar stick shed was pulled down in Parkes, NSW. The Murtoa shed is the only one of its kind remaining in the southern hemisphere. (kindly copied from http://www.kitezh.com/texts/murtoa.html )

Murtoa Stick Shed 2
The Murtoa Stick Shed spans the length of five Olympic swimming pools and the roof is not fixed but held down by wire?

 

Murtoa Stick Shed 3

And if you’re planning a holiday in Victoria – heres the location for the Stick Shed.

Murtoa Map

Also lend you support to Leigh (details below) who needs all the help he can find. Would make a great ICON for “The Mens Shed Group” – maybe Julia’s husband should join in the support group.

Leigh Hammerton
PO 77 Murtoa 3390
Ph 03 53852422
Email:murtoan@bigpond.net.au

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Shed of the Year 2011

Posted on : July 13, 2011

A music shed owned by John Earl of Clevedon N Somerset in UK won the much prized glory of winning The Shed of The Year 2011 from some very strong opposition. Even though it’s only 10 foot X 12 foot – this shed has become famous to music fans the world over. To date over 1,000 musicians have had their songs videoed in this shed.

The Music Shed - Winner 2011

This competition is drawing entries from around the world and has many different categories. Also Australia has been well represented each year – but to date no success with any prizes.

The full story can be seen here with many other sheds that didn’t win.

Here’s another Australian entry that is amazing – how did they fit all the stuff inside?

Inside ManBower’s Shed, Sydney

Outside of ManBower's Shed, Sydney

It would be good to see this level of enthusiasm for shed competitions in Australia.

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Shed – $5 million for 100 sqm!

Posted on : June 30, 2011

This shed in 2008 was the most expensive property in Australia – wonder if it still is?

The 100 square meter old tram shed at Cremorne Point was bought in 2001 for $780,000 and converted to a house by the owner several years later – see the news article.

It had stood vacant from 1991 until this sale transformed it to Australia’s most valuable property which is now rented. It overlooks Syndey Harbour with views of the Syndey Harbour Bridge.

$50,000 per Square Meter

Mr Gilmour, the head of Huntingdale Properties, is currently looking to rent his unique home.
He said living there had been wonderful but his family had now outgrown the house.

Even Mum, Dad and one child would be squashed in 100 sqaure meters.

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Shed Erectors Need Tight Undies

Posted on : June 18, 2011

Shed erectors working on roofing areas should be aware of the dangers of sunburn through reflection of the lighter roof colours and also from Zincalume. The older Baby Boomers seem to be aware through experience and also majority wore tighter shorts and undies. The resulting sunburn to neather regions wasn’t as common. But as recently as 2008 with the new generations love of loose shorts and undies – the sunburnt areas (to extremeties) are increasing.

Refer to this article from 2008 – see http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2010/01/19/roof-workers-opt-for-tighty-whities-in-heat/

As reported in the article – the temperature can increase by 10 degrees C on roof areas and aslo the reflection of UV radiation also is magnified – so it is very advisable to wear tight undies or long pants. The other main concern in working on roof tops is maintaining hydration due to the lack of water supply and the increased temperature.

"Tiight Undies Needed"

 

"Not a good idea"

 

DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN AND HAT!

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NSW SEPP takes over from local councils on 1st September 2011

Posted on : March 29, 2011

Compliant and exempt developments will be determined by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, for all local councils from the 1 September 2011. This means that the SEPP will override ALL local environmental plans and development control plans for exempt and complying developments.

This a great piece of legislation, as any move to create consistency at the state or federal level is a brilliant initiative in Shedeye’s view! The BCA has made great inroads into standardising Building Codes for best practice and now the SEPP has moved to consistent approach for in applying Exempt and Complying Development Codes across NSW.

Can the regular human navigate this code easily, if you have a few hours to invest and have nothing better to read, then yes it is quite clear, with a few ambiguities thrown in for good measure. Where the SEPP is not clear is on how it all ties together, especially in the shed and garage playground.

There are a few surprises thrown in, for example a shed (not a carport) for any other purpose than a cabana, garden shed or a gazebo cannot be classified as an exempt development.  If you think a single car garage can come in as an exempt development then you have another thing coming! If you have a 3 meters wide x 6 meters long shed that is being used as a class 10a building and is not in one of the above then you are not building an exempt development, even though your floor area is less than 20 meters squared.

We have some more articles to demystify the SEPP soon.

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The End of Steel Manufacturing in Australia

Posted on : March 6, 2011

Shedeye previously printed Shed Prices to go sky High, it was clear that the steel manufacturing sector in Australia is under serious threat with the introduction of a Carbon tax on the industry.  Shedeye then showed the cold hard science behind the Steel shed industry and carbon.  Shedeye also proposed that rather than a tax, perhaps all ozzies with the room in their back yards should plant a gumtree!

Bluescope has responded to the threat by sending media releases to both the smh.com.au as reported Bluescope seeks exemption for manufacturing and www.theaustralian.com.au as reported Carbon tax plan threatens viability.

BlueScopes Steel managing director has stated

“The test has to be: can the price be passed through . . . if the price is not paid through, it is basically the end of steel manufacturing in Australia,”

and

“For emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries there should be no cost until our competitors face a cost and there certainly shouldn’t be a free ride for imports that sees manufacturers have to move their operations offshore and hide carbon in someone else’s backyard.

If the manufacturing sector does not get an exemption is the government going to impose tariffs on imported steel?  What a mess.

While BlueScope is in the business of making money and this involves lobbying and looking out for their own interests before all else, this is a clear case of the general public’s best interest.

The industry is threatened via big increases in shed prices, the disposable income of Australians is in serious trouble and even when the government starts to allocate the funds from the carbon tax (inefficiently and no doubt misappropriated), the damage may well have been done.

 

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Carbon Tax to Send Shed Prices Sky High

Posted on : March 1, 2011

Shed Photo compliments of Alibaba LTD

How do you think the shed industry will be after you study the ramifications below?

What will be the implications on shed prices of the current governments carbon tax of approximately $20 per tonne of carbon dioxide along the supply chain of manufacturing, delivering and erecting a shed on your property. Just to explain carbon tax simply – is if you look at your electricity bill – it will show how many tonnes of CO2 you have put into the atmosphere simply by living and doing the normal things everyday. Approximately 4 tonnes of CO2 is expelled into the air if your bill is around $500.00 per quarter.

To manufacture, process, deliver and erect your shed is also putting this CO2 into the atmosphere and will be calculated accordingly, adding to shed or garage prices. The basic principles of economics will apply to all industry, transport, offices etc, so in dollar terms, you will be hit with an additional Carbon Tax amount relative to the location, power usage in all areas and the construction of your shed.

Indicators so far are expecting in manufacture and transport of 16% increase plus the additional charges the shed resellers, manufacturers, transport companies and administration will charge to cover these costs anywhere up to 20% increase in shed prices . BIG, BIG BIG and will get bigger – but don’t worry it will be on everything from roast lamb, fuel, holidays, restaurants, etc etc. Shed and Garage prices are not alone and if you are looking to save money – purchase your shed (and everything else) before the introduction of Carbon Tax but if you want to stop CO2 entering the atmosphere you must wait for the introduction of Carbon Tax!!!!!!

Will this make substitutes such as wood and brick more price competitive?  Are steel price rises in conjunction with the carbon tax going to make shed prices too expensive for the backyard shed?

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Shedeye expanding to New Zealand

Posted on : February 17, 2011

Shedeye is expanding to New Zealand next Monday the 21st and the same set of features will be available to New Zealand shed consumers and distributors.

New Zealand will be able to

  • search for distributors in their local area
  • get shed & garage prices from their local area distributors
  • use impartial information and research to help you navigate the buying process.
  • design photo realistic sheds to visualise their shed
  • provide feedback on the service and quality of shed received.

Shedeye is growing fast, the below figure is taken from google analytic’s today and shows the growth in visits to the site.

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Man’s garage too short!

Posted on : February 14, 2011

This article in the Herald Sun just goes to show how important it is to do your own measurements and explain to your distributor what you are putting in your garage or shed, otherwise you may end up in a legal battle!

Man sues for short garage – Herald Sun

While this was an off the plan brick garage, there are many cases when the Roller Door Clearance and length of steel kit sheds have been incorrect, causing hassle for both the distributor and the customer. The Garage is useless if you can’t fit in your cars or Caravan and access your storage and workspace areas!

If you are going to put two cars in your garage, then make sure you measure them, or look at the car specification sheet for your make and model. A standard Holden Commodore (VE) model is approximately 4.9 meters long and 1.8 meters wide. If you wanted to put two of these in your garage and pack them like sardines, end to end, you would need slightly over 10 meters in shed length, however you also have to allow for lost space inside the shed due to the frame.

In reality, you really would not go less than 12 meters as this would give you a little bit of additional room at a low shed price increase (providing you are not increasing the gable end of the shed, an extra meter can add quite a bit of cost depending on how wide your shed already is).   The extra two meters allows for the frame inside the garage, some room at each end of the shed and some room between your cars, this is if you have the space, of course!

You also need to consider if you want space for a workshop at the side or end of the shed, or storage room.  If so, an allowance must be made, not just for your workshop or extra storage room but also to allow you access to the space itself.

So if you want to use your new Shed or Garage to put in your 4WD, your caravan, your truck or your Hum-Vee, make sure you measure and then give yourself some additional room to get in and out of the motor vehicles.

The case above is not as rare as it should be.

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The Roofing Blog

Posted on : January 27, 2011

We have just received the following request:

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Hello, I write the ROOFING BLOG with my latest article on sheds (and also fencing) that is questioning the major player, regulators, ShedSafe etc – all questions I am trying to explore with no success! I happened across your website SHEDEYE which seems to contain all the info regarding the shed industry without the affiliations to other companies with seem to be rife in this commercial sector.

Could it be possible that a link to your website be included for my readers to follow up this very confusing industry?

My article which I am endeavouring to explore this industry is below, and I really only need to link a new article with the questions to your website to answer these!

Regards
The Roofer of the Roofing Blog
http://roofing.bigblog.com.au/index.do

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The answer to this question is a resounding YES. You have effectively hit the nail on the head Roofer, Shedeye is independent with NO affiliations Shedeye Conflict of interest disclosure. We agree that the Shed industry is an extremely difficult industry to navigate, the whole point of this site actually! Shedeye has done an enormous amount of research, and we have the article you need!!! Stay tuned!

To our readers, I recommend that you take a look at the Roofing Blog http://roofing.bigblog.com.au/index.do, it is an excellent look at the roofing industry and it has quite a bit of overlap with the shed industry and deals with quite a few of the same players!

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