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.
Donation of fabrics offers long-term aid.
Join IFAI at the Minneapolis Convention Center, October 14-16, 2014.
Education session designed for architects will be presented by the FSA division of IFAI.
Experiencing a burst of innovation to lower costs and hasten payback on investment.
Digital device for patterning and templating in the industrial fabric industry.
Certified as having an Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 50+, the highest achievable rating.
Expansion of business with the acquisition of the Triad Wedge Welder, Spec Wedge Welder and Roof Welding Tool product line.
Longtime energy efficiency advocate and consultant named NBI fellow.
Shade solutions for sun-scorched sports facilities, helping to create a cool and comfortable atmosphere.
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.