Solair redesigns mobile awning visualizer

June 22, 2015

As part of the brand’s newly designed website, Solair® Shade Solutions, Glen Raven, N.C., has redesigned its mobile-optimized awning visualizer, offering customers a digital outdoor design experience. With an emphasis on usability for mobile and tablet devices, the awning visualizer allows homeowners to take a photo of their home on their devices and preview a …

PAMA education course approved in Canada

IFAI division PAMA (Professional Awning Manufacturers Association) has received approval and accreditation for its education course “PAMA 101: Enhancing Your Design with Awnings and Canopies,” by Canada’s Interior Design Continuing Education Council Inc. (IDCEC). The course can now be taught to designers in Canada for education credit. The course covers awning definitions, styles, frames, fabric …

Call for submissions: Disaster mitigation and response display

June 18, 2015

Companies that have contributed to the disaster mitigation and response industry are invited to showcase products highlighting their contribution for a disaster response display at IFAI Expo 2015. All items must include textiles or composite materials with a fabric scrim. Examples include chemical, biological, fire and rescue equipment; emergency shelters; flood and storm protection; and …

Serge Ferrari names Beterams to lead North America operations

June 17, 2015

Pompano Beach, Fla.-based textile maker Serge Ferrari North America has named Ilse Beterams general manager, effective July 1. Ilse will oversee all aspects of Serge Ferrari operations in the United States and Canada, including sales, finance, marketing, shipping and inventory management. The parent company, Serge Ferrari, is headquartered near Lyon, France. Beterams has been with …

Registration open for IFAI Expo 2015

June 3, 2015

Registration is now open for IFAI Expo 2015, the most comprehensive industrial and technical textiles event of the year. This year’s event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 6–9. Programming begins Oct. 6; trade show opens Oct. 7. Attendees can save up to $300 when registering by July 4 …

Customized courtyard shade sails

June 1, 2015

Four towering palm trees and an outdoor fireplace present unique challenges for this one-of-a-kind fabric architecture application. By Jake Kulju Shade sails anchored to buildings are unique by nature, but add customized openings for four towering palm trees and clearance for an outdoor fireplace with chimney, and you’ve really got a one-of-a-kind fabric architecture application. …

AIA design competition creates portable, temporary housing for the homeless

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community developed “A SAFE PLACE” design competition, asking architects and architecture students to design a discreet, compact and efficient shelter for the homeless. The goal of this design competition is to develop a simple, safe and secure place for an individual to sleep and …

World Cup venue to feature Birdair’s PTFE membrane, ETFE film and Tensotherm™

Birdair was selected to provide the design, fabrication and supply of the membrane roofing system for the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, which has been named a 2022 FIFA World Cup™ venue. The Khalifa International Stadium was first constructed in 1976 as a 20,000-seat stadium. It hosted the Gulf Cup that year. …

The role of fabric structures in architecture (Part 2)

Fabric options, and the design-build process. By Samuel J. Armijos, AIA, president, Fabric Architect LLC The most important quality in choosing a material for a fabric structure is its fire resistance. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 701 is the most common fire test for textiles and films. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) …

Milliken reinforcement fabric for commercial roofing membranes

Milliken & Company launched a new, coated weft inserted warp knit product offering a 100% improvement to the tear resistance of polymeric single ply roofing membranes. This durability step-change to increase the longevity of commercial roofing systems is the latest in Milliken’s innovative line of advanced reinforcements for building and infrastructure applications. Milliken’s new weft …