Environmental Benefits of Fabric Architecture
Press Release Thursday 27 May 2010:
Cave men used hide and leaves wrapped around sticks to shelter themselves from the heat of the afternoon sun. The Pharaohs of Egypt lay under strips of fabric, erected by their slaves, for comfort during their afternoon rests. The Romans managed to raise a massive retractable fabric awning to cover the whole of the Coliseum. Little did any of them realise, however, that the benefits of their discoveries would be felt well into the 21st century.
Fabric structures combine traditional building materials – metal, wood, stone, and glass – with a fabric membrane, typically designed under very high tension. The most common application in Australia is the traditional awning, however shade sails, tension membranes, and retractable fabric rooves are becoming increasingly popular as people discover their cost and environmental benefits.
“Fabric structures have massive advantages over those made from traditional materials” says Tim Seymour-Smith, CEO of Adelaide fabric structure company W.A. Young. “They are lightweight and incorporate a lot less material, they can be efficiently engineered and installed, and can involve complex 3D geometrical patterns that enable unlimited scope in architectural creativity”.
“Most importantly, however, they have an extremely low environmental impact. All materials are 100% recyclable, and because of their lightweight nature they cut down dramatically on supporting structure requirements. Plus the fabric allows natural lighting whilst reflecting radiant heat, reducing energy requirements and utility costs”.
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