Shed Manufacturers and Insurance

Posted on : April 11, 2013

The Shed rumor mill is on overdrive at the moment with what is speculated as an inevitable collapse of a big shed player (although a similar rumor has been incorrect before).  Irrespective if this eventuates, it happened a number of times before and will happen again.  The consumer is the last one in line and they lose their money without receiving any goods.  There must be a way to protect the shed buyer in this case.

Should the parent shed companies mandate home warranty insurance as a condition of reselling their product – specifically protecting against liquidation?

This is the only way to protect consumers against liquidation (even though some providers of the insurance only cover 20% in that event).  The problem is that a great number of sheds are not covered as the mandatory home warranty insurance threshold is $20,000.  This is due to the cost of obtaining the insurance, as the shed price is significantly impacted.  The real problem is that the home warranty insurance should have far smaller premiums (as it is very rarely claimed) and the threshold should be revised downwards.

There is a three prong strategy required here.

  • Lobby the insurance companies and work harder and get more competition in this low risk insurance area to significantly reduce the premiums.
  • Lobby the government to reduce the mandatory threshold.
  • Ensure that 100% of the shed buyers outlay is covered in the case of liquidation.
  • Ensure that the mandated insurance does not impact the shed price too much.

The market is tight, and this is when poor process or high risk is punished.

 

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Shed Companies score well in Survey

Posted on : April 8, 2013

The results were interesting to say the least.  The sample was not large enough, with only 90 respondents, but enough to draw some interesting conclusions that require some more research.

One of the questions that we asked was around the satisfaction of the end result of the shed that was purchased.  There were only three possible answers ; Excellent, Satisfied, Not Satisfied.  It was great to see that most people are happy with the end result, however of concern was one large player that scored only in the Not Satisfied and Satisfied  categories.

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So how did Shedeye get rated by its users.  Not too bad, but definitely room for improvement.  I am happy to announce that a major revamp of this site is being worked on to take it to the next level.

 

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Here is a happy customer from the survey.

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A testimonial from this customer for The Shed Company in Gladstone

The Shed Company did an awesome job, I haven’t been able to fault it. The job was held up due to weather but they kept me updated with an expected completion date and got it finished promptly as soon as it dried out.

There were some glowing testimonials, however I will leave this for another article.

There were also many additional insights about how Shedeye can be improved to ensure that the general public get the best service possible.  Thankyou to all of the site users that took the time to fill out the survey, we expected at least 10-100 times this amount given the number of registered users, however it is understandable given peoples heavy emails loads.

 

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Men in Sydney do anything for a Shed!

Posted on : May 14, 2012

Sheds are a must for Sydney Men!

This article is on the new growing trend for men in Sydney to buy strata titled sheds in complexs complete with power, phones and even windows in some. The article is by Bronwen Gora From: The Sunday Telegraph  April 29, 2012 12:00AM called

“Sydney Men Go Crazy for Big Storage Sheds”

This is Mick Tsolakis and Garry Constanti, inside their huge shed at Alexandria this week, say they are delighted to have the extra room. Picture: Sam Ruttyn Source: The Sunday Telegraph. Its a great alternative when you haven’t got room in the backyard – and also a good investment! But it’s not the same as walking into the backyard to your own steel shed!

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Sheds in Beaudesert QLD 4285

Posted on : February 12, 2012

 

Today we are looking at sheds in lovely Beaudesert in Queensland.

 

Average Population Growth per year from 2005 to 2010: 1.1%

 

Within 50 km of Postcode

Population within 50 km :     156,820

New homes within 50 km :    157

Average lot size :                      70

Average Income :                    $31,156

 

Within 100 km of Postcode

Population within 100 km :     248,699

New homes within 100 km :   397

Average lot size :                       675

Average Income :                      $29,149

 

Within 200 km of Postcode

Population within 200 km :      397,398

New homes within 200 km :     995

Average lot size :                         687

Average Income :                        $32,548

 

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Sheds in Airville QLD 4807

Posted on : February 6, 2012

Shedeye is going to start to share a whole heap of info that we have collected.  We have profiled states and suburbs (and every shed distributor) to work out why some areas sell more sheds than others.

The evidence on why there are more shed and garage sales in particular areas suggests that there is a direct correlation to population, population growth, new home growth, the average lot size and the average income.

 

Average Population Growth per year from 2005 to 2010 : 1.4%

 

Within 50 km of Postcode

Population within 50 km :     10,294

New homes within 50 km :    21

Average lot size :                      797

Average Income :                    $39,136

 

Within 100 km of Postcode

Population within 100 km :     26,820

New homes within 100 km :   28

Average lot size :                       732

Average Income :                      $35,868

 

Within 200 km of Postcode

Population within 200 km :      41,657

New homes within 200 km :     160

Average lot size :                         784

Average Income :                        $33,698

 

 

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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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Shed Prices to go down

Posted on : September 5, 2011

Shedeye has it on good authority that imported Steel is being used for the structural steel in more and more sheds sold in auastralia.

Is this a bad thing, take a look at the previous article, if the product is of the same quality and meets the Australian standards should the consumer care?  Especially with the impending steel mill closures in Australia, australian steel will be a thing of the past soon in steel sheds.

 

Cold Rolled Zinc Coil

 

Do you care where the steel is coming from, or simply that you will get the cheapest price for you steel shed with good assurance that you are getting a good product?  Shed buyers are very focused on the price, they understand the difference in $$$, but not in the quality of the shed.

Lets hope the shed buyer is soon armed with the knowledge and understanding of the difference between a good shed and a cheap shed!

The shed below is a BAD shed 🙂

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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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Shed Warehouse directors fined

Posted on : August 17, 2011

Shed Warehouse Directors?

Where are these People?

As a consumer you have a lot to think about when buying your shed.

One thing you should not have to think about when you are buying your shed is somebody selling you a shed, taking the deposits, not delivering and taking off with the money. It has happened a number of times that Shedeye knows about, however this one has seen justice prevail.  Over a period of many years – The Shed Warehouse caused a lot of grief to customers wanting to own their dream shed – backyard retreat and storage area. They blamed everyone except themselves!

The sweet justice in this particular case is that one of the Directors, who unbelievably allegedly is still selling sheds in the industry (using a different name), was hit with a fine of $255,000 and an order to pay $600,000 in compensation.

Both the company and the director in question now have a criminal conviction recorded against them.

The second director will appear before the Magistrates Court at the end of September.  This director is also allegedly still active in the Shed Industry!

If you want to talk to the victims of this criminal offence they have set up a facebook page

One is apparently still in the shed industry in Brisbane and the other down to SA in an Adelaide shed business. Talk to the victims of this shed industry disgrace on the  Facebook link above.

ONCE AGAIN WHO ARE THE REGULATORS OF THE SHED INDUSTRY?  The ASI? ShedSafe Group? or maybe BCA?

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Sheds & Garages Increase Value!

Posted on : July 16, 2011

Buyers and Renters demand a Shed.

Properties that have a seperate workshop, shed or garage have an advantage over properties without, by demanding higher sell prices, additional rent and also increase the chance of a sale or rental. In regional areas where the mining boom is prevelant, real estate agents report the advantages to property owners of the contsruction of a double garage or shed. Investment properties are sort after with the shed as an extra.

Reported in The Australian Property Investor – the article relates to Queensland towns of Mackay, Gladstone and Bowen. The comment by local realtor David Bugeja recently ” the ones to sell fastest were the properties with sheds”. He also reported that for a capital outlay of approximately $12,000 in a shed or garage – this will add an expected increase of $20,000 to the sale price and an extra $20 per week in rent.

In the same article Mr. Tooma of The Shed Company Mackay said “for between $10,000 and $12,000 a fully erected shed can be placed on site with the approval certificate, earthworks and concrete done”.

Even A Small Shed adds Value

The property investor can purchase a property with an existing shed or simply add a double garage to a property without. The end result is an increase in capital gain within a short time period or a guaranteed extra rental income. As stated in the article – it is wise to check local council requirements as to approvals, easements, sewerage locations and location.

For an investment of as low as $12,000 for a double garage to return an additional $8,000 extra is an extremely attractive option.

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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 Sales at record lows

Posted on : July 2, 2011

Shedeye has talked extensively to people within the Shed Industry and it is unanimous that the shed industry is facing some tough times.

There are geographical pockets that are doing well, this is however the exception to the rule.

Shedeye has a theory that shed sales follow car sales reasonably closely, as both sheds and cars represent large discretionary spending for clients.  Sheds represent purchases that can easily be put off, and given that Australians are paying back debt rather than making purchases, sheds are suffering as they are deemed a big purchase in these uncertain times.

Take a look as these ABS figures for Car Sales.

Short Term Car Sales

 

The above graph shows that the number of new car sales in the month from April 2011 to May 2011 alone has decreased by approximately 7.6% (Seasonally Adjusted).  This is a whopping drop.

The next graph is showing an unfortunate trend.

Long Term Car Sales

There was a big drop after the GFC due to uncertainty, and over the last 3 years sales have not reached the same levels and are on a significant downwards trend starting in April 2010.

What does this mean for Shed Sales in the future?  Shedeye makes a rash prediction that shed sales are going to drop further for at least another 6 months.

It is not all doom and gloom though, the 4 years of sub-par growth should see a good increase in pent up demand that will see shed sales growth increase, potentially to new highs in a couple of years.

To the shed sellers out there, keep you eye on Car Sales, as this may give you the heads up on your future cash flows.

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Top 6 shed sizes

Posted on : April 26, 2011

Previously we showed the average, biggest and smallest sheds that have been designed using shedeye

We have received some emails requesting that we provide the entire list of sizes, well that is a lot of information, so to satisfy the request we will show you the top 6 shed sizes that have been designed using Shedeye.

 

To 6 Shed sizes

All sizes are in width x length x height

6.0 meters x 6.0 meters x 2.4 meters
10.0 meters x 10.0 meters x 3.0 meters
6.0 meters x9.0 meters x 2.4 meters
6.0 meters x12.0 meters x 2.4 meters
7.0 meters x12.0 meters x 2.4 meters
7.0 meters x 9.0 meters x 3.0 meters


To 6 Shed sizes – excluding height

All sizes are in width x length

6.0 meters x 6.0 meters
6.0 meters x 9.0 meters
10.0 meters x 10.0 meters
6.0 meters x 12.0 meters
7.0 meters x 12.0 meters
7.5 meters x 12.0 meters


To 6 Shed heights

2.4 meters
3.0 meters
2.7 meters
2.8 meters
3.2 meters
3.6 meters

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How to cut your garage or shed prices!

Posted on : April 20, 2011

There are many tips and tricks that you can use to reduce shed prices, without compromising the engineering of the shed.

One such trick, to reduce your garage or shed prices, is to make sure the length of your shed takes on the largest dimension.

 

9 m x6 m x2.4 m

three car garage doors on side 3 by 3 bays

6 m x9 m x2.4 m

 

Shed Buyers will often increase the width of the gable (span) as per the first picture in preference to the length of the side as per the second picture.

The wider you go on the gable end the more effect you will have on the structural engineering requirements, meaning more steel and a bigger shed price.  If you want cheap shed prices, increase the number of bays (length) of the shed, as you will not be  modifying the basic structural engineering requirements.

What do you think the difference in shed prices is between the two above sheds?  Remember they have exactly the same room in the shed (54 meters squared). The shed price difference is a marked 5-9% difference, by simply increasing the gable end (top picture) over the length (bottom).

If you want to keep you shed prices down, make sure that you increase the length over the gable.  Kit Sheds are designed to be extended in bays, indefinitely length wise.

An additional examples is

A 7 meters wide x 9 meters long x 2.4 meters high shed, compared to a 9 meters wide x 7 meters long x 2.4 meters high shed.  There is approximately a 3-6% difference in shed price.

The amount of shed price variation will vary according to the shed seller (as they all have slightly different engineering), however you can rest assured there will be an increase in shed price if you select a larger gable, no matter the shed seller you choose.

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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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Sheds – What happens with Carbon Tax or the ETS implementation?

Posted on : March 5, 2011

The home or domestic garage or shed has become an icon in the Australian backyard. Whether it is a normal 6 X 6 double door garage or a 3 x 9 storage shed – this industry will be affected by every single company involved in the manufacture of all the components of this iconic “SHED”.

So who are these companies that need to charge you more as a result of the Carbon Tax? They happen to be the biggest emitters of CO2 in Australia because we mine minerals (including coal etc) to manufacture simple things such as steel, aluminium, glass, cement, paint, timber (YES – these guys do emit CO2 to cut timber), carpet, plastic downpipes, electrical wiring, and the list is endless. All of these companies will have to increase prices in order to pay for the Carbon tax – and the answer is that you & I will pay. There is no alternative or secret formula in the production of steel for example – the operational side of steel producers are at the apex in efficiency in the world as far as CO2 emissions are concerned. Australian giant BlueScope and One Steel have the most efficient steel making plants in the World – so what happens when a Tax is added to the industry? The basic recipe for steel making is complex – yet simple in the chemical conversion – Iron Ore is represented by Fe the symbol the same as C represents Carbon – Oxygen is represented by the symbol O – and the process of steel making (Plus energy – coal furnaces) is as follows:

Iron Ore is represented by the symbol – FeO – (One atom of Iron plus one atom of Oxygen) and Carbon Monoxide is represented by CO – (one atom of carbon plus one atom of Oxygen) – this is chemistry and the conversion is represented by the following formula.

FeO + CO = Fe +  CO2 – all the numbers on both sides add up – but it is the heat required by burning coal or fuel to complete this process that the Carbon Tax will be implemented on. Because it takes 2 tonne of CO2 to make 1** Tonne of steel – the price will increase by exactly the Carbon Tax per tonne at the source. But – it doesn’t stop there – it needs to be rollformed, transported and erected. Don’t expect any change out of 16% to 30% per tonne at the end site and this is a conservative figure. Science currently does not have the answers to improve the process to reduce the CO2 emissions greatly – and the BlueScope website has plenty of information on exactly what has been discussed above. The end result is that it will be cheaper to import steel (finished product) along with all other building materials like Aluminium, cement, glass etc from countries (like China) that have no Carbon Tax.

This tax directly on manufacturing industries will be a major setback for the shed industry if they cannot afford to pay this tax – by either adaption or economically – to compete with imports. The result will be no more Australian Made – developed and innovated by Aussie industry – last but not least – a very sorry and diminished Shed Industry.

So if your shed is approximately 12 tonne of steel, concrete, plastic, glass, etc (the average weight of a 6 x 6 garage shed) – then why can’t you get a credit against this tax if you grow plants or store timber over the next five years (or whatever is deemed acceptable) to offset the emissions of the 29 to 40 tonnes of CO2 that has been released to the atmosphere to manufacture this shed.  For example a gum tree that has a height of 30 meters and a diameter of 800 millimetres and is three years old will have stored nearly 5.885 tonnes of CO2. In this case your shed would be paid for in carbon tax in 8 years approximately. It is the environment we are talking about – not CO2.

 

**Steel making requires a high heat – the furnace – they need CO for the conversion to molten Iron (the CO comes from the coal or furnace fuel) so less than one tonne is used in the conversion and the other plus tonne is used in the heat  = 2 tonnes. The price of carbon dioxide (not carbon) to make one tonne of steel – hence the carbon tax

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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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Is your shed a Class 1 or Class 10a Building?

Posted on : February 25, 2011

Class 10a and Class 1 Buildings

According to the BCA (Building Code of Australia) a Class 10a building Is defined as a non-habitable building being a private garage, carport, shed, or the like.

While the BCA defines a Class 1 as one or more buildings, which in association constitute—

(a) Class 1a — a single dwelling being—
(i) a detached house; or
(ii) one of a group of two or more attached dwellings, each being a building, separated by a fireresisting
wall, including a row house, terrace house, town house or villa unit;
or
(b) Class 1b — a boarding house, guest house, hostel or the like—
(i) with a total area of all floors not exceeding 300 m2 measured over the enclosing walls of the
Class 1b building; and
(ii) in which not more than 12 persons would ordinarily be resident,

When we are talking sheds, it is almost always the distinction between a Class 10a and Class 1a that cause confusion as Class 1b is unlikely to be a shed!

This makes the classification quite a simple task and it is all in the definition of Habitable and Non-Habitable rooms.

Class 1a building

If you have a room in your shed (even if the shed contains only a single room) that contains any of

  • Bedroom
  • Living Room
  • Lounge Room
  • Music Room
  • Television Room
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Sewing Room
  • Study
  • Playroom
  • Family Room
  • Sun Room

Then you have a Class 1a building.

Class 10a building

And if all of your rooms in your shed contain only

  • Bathroom
  • Laundry
  • Water closet
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in robe
  • Corridor
  • Hallway
  • Lobby
  • Photographic darkroom
  • Clothes-drying room

Then you have a Class 10a building.

The only tricky bit

The only ambiguity left in the BCA definition of Habitable and Non-Habitable is the statement that rooms or “Spaces that are not occupied frequently or for extended periods” are Non-Habitable.
So what are items like a Cinema or theatre room defined as?  The are defined a Habitable under this definition (take a look at this advisory notice from the SA Government).

Why is this even important?  From a paperwork and regulation perspective it is far easier for Class 10a buildings!

What would The Ten Humble Uses for a Shed be classified as?

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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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