The steel used to construct fences, lighting poles and steel framed houses is now subject to a newly published standard backed by Australian research and the latest technology.

AS/NZS 4600:2018, Cold-formed steel structures has been published following extensive consultation with stakeholders across Australia and New Zealand.

This standard also has the potential to be a primary reference in the National Construction Code 2019.

“The type of steel covered by this standard, often referred to as light gauge steel, is everywhere,” said CEO of Standards Australia, Dr Bronwyn Evans.

“Not only is it in the shelves and racks of popular retailers and major warehouses around Australia, but many shopping centres will also use this steel in construction, proving the far-reaching impact of the standard.”

“World-leading research undertaken by Australian experts has featured prominently in this standard,” says Evans.

“There is also a brand new section on fire design guiding the use of this steel in mitigating the impact of fires.”

“This new standard is a quantum leap forward for the steel industry,” says chair of the Standards Australia Technical Committee responsible for the standard, professor Greg Hancock.

“This is a world leading standard which places Australia at the top of the list in terms of the most innovative steel consumers.” 

“The benefit of this standard goes well beyond the steel industry,” says Evans.

“With such widespread use of this steel, the Australian and New Zealand public as a whole have the potential to see the changes intended by this standard.”