Shed terms explained part 3: Acronyms

12 April

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 that are not only instantly recognisable but also rolls off the tongue.

Here are some of our favourites below.

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 the 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 for example.

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 made of structural steel