A voluntary initiative for architecture firms and other entities in the built environment to commit their practice to advancing carbon neutral buildings.
3D printer that could build a home in 24 hours.
Presents two new fabrics for dye sublimation and UV-curable printing: GF 8880 Opaque White (FR) and GF 5355 Cascade (FR).
Emphasizing the aesthetics of shade design and expanding the fabric portfolio of the 53-year-old brand.
Industry's first free LEED Exam Prep program to educate design professionals about green building principles and the LEED rating systems.
Awarded a Design-Build Institute of America Project/Team Award for the new South Satellite Service Center building.
Slide-on-wire canopies have become a common part of modern outdoor design.
Three NFRC documents have officially earned the American National Standard designation from the American National Standards Institute.
An unwelcome flood of sunlight can interrupt even the most serene setting, and closing the shades blocks out natural sunlight and obstructs the view of the great outdoors.
Turner Group Predicts pace of Zero Net Energy Building construction will exceed expectations.
IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo & Advanced Textiles Expo, Oct. 14-16, in Minneapolis.
Come celebrate with WeatherMAX at IFAI Expo on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Will present education sessions designed specifically for architects.
Swiss-based company acquires Seamtek Inc. of Idaho.
Launches new company website.
Whether your designs include awnings, canopies or fabric structures, you’ve no doubt noticed that the building code environment has become more complex in recent years. Pulling a permit can be a bureaucratic nightmare, but the hard fact is, either you’re dealing with building code issues now, or you will be in the near future. There are no easy answers when it comes to building codes and fabric architecture, but here are some strategies that might make it easier:
- The IBC is the most relevant code in the United States to fabric structures and commercial awnings and canopies. But familiarizing yourself with the state and local code specifics is equally important.
- When installing, make sure that no corners are cut and that all subs are following code. In the long run it will be worth it.
- Know the product: It’s essential to know the structural capabilities of the fabrics and elements involved in your design. Have all materials tested by an engineer familiar with fabric work.
- Keep code officials close: Have a person in your office whose focus is to know the area codes, the officials and their requirements vis-à-vis fabric use.
- NFPA 701 is one of the most commonly cited U.S. flammability standards in the specialty fabrics industry.
- CSFM is revising its textile flammability requirements. Contact them directly to determine what is current.