Site Specific Engineering

Wide Span Sheds Site Specific Engineering

Site specific engineering is the process of ensuring that your building is designed to suit the exact location it is going to be built. 

Why is Site Specific Engineering Important to You?

A properly designed building gives you the peace of mind that your property and those you value, are safe and secure. At Wide Span Sheds we are designing for your backyard, not someone else’s. Importantly all our building designs are reviewed by our trained classification experts, before your plans and council documents are released. The process ensures we supply the right building, for the right site, at the right price. 

Do all Suppliers Offer Site Specific Engineering? NO!

The New Zealand shed market has always been unregulated and suppliers typically made assumptions of the site conditions or made it the customer’s responsibility to seek and confirm site classification. Best practice is site specific engineering and classification done by a trained expert. Wide Span Sheds are pioneers in developing the process and the thinking, and are working closely with the leading industry bodies to mandate compliance on these important issues.

As part of the process of quoting our Sales team will ask you to identify exactly where your shed will be built. If you are dealing with a shed company who is not asking the question “Where on your property is your shed going to be built?” ask them, “Why not?”

Our team have a great set of tools to make this process as seamless, speedy and accurate as possible.

Design Criteria that is Considered

At Wide Span Sheds our team will assess the design needs of your building including Wind Region, Snow & Earthquake Loading, Surrounding Terrain, Topography and Importance Levels. In considering the above in combination with the intended use of the building we establish the required engineering for your building, to ensure it is fit for purpose. To demonstrate how detailed the process is, we have outlined each of the criteria in a bit more detail.

1. Terrain

Whether your site is very exposed open terrain, grasslands, is in close proximity to bodies of water, has scattered obstructions or numerous and closely spaced constructions - will all influence the requirements of design and engineering.

2. Topography

The topography element of design criteria looks at the gradient of your site to determine whether there is any influence on the wind speed of your site. 

3. Snow Loading

This is determined by your site's height above sea level in alpine and sub-alpine regions and will dictate whether any additional engineering will be required in order to support snow fall on your shed during the winter months.

4. Earthquake Loading

All areas in New Zealand require an earthquake co-efficient however certain parts of the country require a higher earthquake co-efficient. Engineering is adjusted to suit your location, if you are based in regions more prone to earthquakes and tremors. 

5. Importance Levels

Where you plan to erect and what you plan to use your shed for will influence the required engineering in terms of risk to life. Determining the correct importance level will insure that the building will not pose any hazard to surrounding life and structures. 

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