Farm Shed Terms Explained Part 3: Acronyms

12 April

Need to Know:

  • Farm shed designers and builders often use industry-specific acronyms and abbreviations.
  • Buffalo Built offers a straightforward and enjoyable building experience for farm sheds, garages, and barns in the Wangaratta and Mansfield region.
  • Read on for a list of common shed-related acronyms.
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Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

In this Article:

Farm shed designers and builders have their own shorthand for complex industry terminology as well as commonly used words. Acronyms are a great way to turn a complicated multi-word phrase into just a few letters, however, this can cause some confusion for people not familiar with the industry.

The Buffalo Built team is here to make designing and building a farm shed, garage or barn easy and straightforward, offering customers throughout the Mansfield region a smooth and enjoyable building experience.

As part of making things easy, we thought we’d break down some of these commonly used acronyms and abbreviations in the shed industry so you can be confident that you understand your proposal and all the other information involved in your project.

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List of Shed Acronyms

ASI: The Australian Steel Institute was formed as a representative group for the shed industry. Membership consists of a broad range of shed manufacturers, roll-forming companies and industry suppliers.

ABCB: Australian Building Codes Board is a standards writing body responsible for the National Construction Code, Watermark and Codemark certification schemes, and regulatory reform in the construction industry.

BMT: Base metal thickness is a term to describe the thickness of the metal used not including coatings or paint. The thickness of your sheeting will affect the price of your shed. Thicker sheeting costs more.

BOM: Bill of materials refers to a list of the components, parts and quantities of each needed to construct the end product, in this case, a shed, garage or carport.

PA door: Personal access doors are single-width doors hung from a door frame that allows quick and easy access to and from a shed. PA doors are popular features in sheds because people want to be able to enter the shed without having to use the roller door. In this project, you can see the personal access door next to the larger roller door.

TCT: Total coating thickness is a term used to describe the overall thickness of a coloured or coated sheet steel like COLORBOND®. This figure includes the base metal thickness plus the paints or coatings.

UB: Universal beam. One of the most common load-bearing beams is made of structural steel. Universal beams are made from hot-formed RHS steel members in H or I beam shapes. These steel beams can be hot-dip galvanised for corrosion resistance and durability.

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Picture of Ross Barker

Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

Contact Buffalo Built for Farm Sheds That Are Built Tough

The Buffalo Built team supplies sheds from our Wangaratta and Mansfield branches.

We’re here to support the North East Victorian community with high-quality, tough sheds, garages, carports, barns, farm buildings and more. Contact us to find out how we can help with your project.