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How Fabric Structure Foils Heavy Steel and Concrete

A white fabric tentFabric-based shelters are becoming popular structures in Australia. You may have walked underneath one during a large open-air wedding, dined inside them in an al fresco domed restaurant, sought shade under them as park canopy or glimpsed them from afar in some airport hangar.

Lightweight to the Future

Fabric structures are constructed fibres used to build free-form buildings either for temporary or long-term use. The Technical Textiles and Non-Woven Association (TTNA) in Australia explains that industrial textiles including those used in fabric shelters are developed in response to the challenge of using lightweight materials in various industries.

Though lightweight, fabric shelter materials are engineered to meet the global standards of the building industry just like any other building material. The fabric membranes are mixed with wood, metal, glass, and stone, and they are tested to withstand high tension. As such, they are tough, flame-retardant, weather-resistant and can withstand natural forces to guarantee the soundness of the structure.

Their durability has been proven in various industries like seaports, airports, sports arenas, exhibition venues and warehouses that they are used as permanent buildings. Over time, creative minds have found more uses for fabric structures, from modernising building entrances and lobbies to creating instant pods for businesses like diners, cafes, and bookstores.

Heavyweight Benefits

The benefits of fabric-made structures are many and surprising compared to conventional building materials like wood, steel, glass or concrete. These include:

Environment-friendly

They are fully recyclable and require less lighting and reflects radiant heat for lesser energy consumption.

Mobility

Lightweight and modular, they can be moved or transferred to another location or stored for future installation.

Practicality

They are priced less than steel or concrete, use less supporting structures and construction crew and require fewer installation hours than traditional building works.

Customization

Apart from pre-designed or standard structures, fabric shelters can also be built into various shapes for bespoke and unique designs.

Closing

The entry of fabric structure as a cost-effective and innovative building material has vastly improved the construction sector and holds a lot of promise as a material of the future.

November 11, 2017 at 1:00 amStraight Market