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Advantages of the fabric footprint

News | June 30, 2014 | By:

Why choose a fabric structure over traditional construction?

Advantages of fabric structures over more traditional construction:

  • Manufacturing and erection time is considerably less than with conventional construction.
  • Many fabric structures do not require local planning agency consent if the structures are temporary in use.
  • Structures can be packed and stored in a small space when not required.
  • Many fabric structures do not require permanent foundations and need minimal site preparation.
  • Many fabric structures can be relocated after first use, reducing cost to the client.
  • The modular nature of the structures makes them easy to re-purpose at the end of first life.
  • Frames can be made from recycled steel, and fabric covers can be recycled after first use.
  • Translucent fabric cladding means that natural light can reduce the need for electric lighting inside, reducing the carbon footprint (in tandem with recycled materials).
  • Transportation requirements to get structural parts to site are considerably lower than normal construction because of the components’ lower initial weight. Structures can be shipped on a typical flatbed truck and transported to many types of flat surfaces.
  • The manufacture of fabric and employment of lightweight framing metals uses significantly less raw material than brick-and-mortar construction, and produces a significantly lower carbon footprint.

Bruce N. Wright, AIA, a frequent contributor, is an architect, design journalist and the former editor of Fabric Architecture magazine.

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