Selected from more than 140 entries, the winning designs approach shade from humanitarian, leisure and commercial construction angles.
Development of a turnkey solution to facilitate the automation of awning design and cutting for awning shops large and small.
A coast-to-coast effort to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction.
Eco-friendly shading solution that offers responsible light management and energy savings.
Phifer's fiberglass insect screening is covering structures for malaria research in Tanzania, East Africa.
Building envelope pioneer William Rose to deliver keynote at 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference.
The IAA awards program provide expanded recognition and increased inspiration for businessses in the specialty fabrics marketplace.
From 303 Products come three new products geared to guard, protect and clean outdoor fabrics and fabric products.
The competition is open to students, architects and designers around the world, and will accept entries through Aug. 31.
Three key employees have been appointed to new positions.
IFF awards 10 scholarships that cover tuition expenses at accredited schools.
FSA published two informative white papers for the fabric structures industry.
Phifer Inc. added two hues to its new SunTex 95 exterior sun control product line.
R+T Stuttgart provides a preview of awning trends expected within the next year.
Shigeru Ban receives Pritzker Prize for his commitment to humanitarian causes.
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.