Thermal regulations in the UK

January 1, 2006

By Tanya Ross Introduction Legislation to promote energy saving measures in new buildings has been tightened a number of times over the past 20 years, since the recognition that buildings contribute almost half the annual carbon dioxide emissions in the UK. The most recent revisions proposed to the Building Regulations were intended to reduce that …

Standardized definitions for tents and fabric structures

May 1, 2005

Standardized definitions help code officials understand just exactly what tents and fabric structures are and how they differ from rigid structures. For over a year now, the Building Code Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has been discussing definitions for terms that affect the industry. The following standard definitions were created for common …

Awning and canopy design basics

April 1, 2002

Distinguishing between an “awning” and a “canopy” is easy—though agreeing upon the distinguishing characteristic(s) is not. There is no definitive rule. Clients, fabricators, designers and architects may see the same form but disagree on the name. One common approach defines an awning as the structure providing coverage for a window, whereas a canopy provides coverage …

Awning and canopy design glossary

Awning fabric attachment methods Lacing: The most traditional technique. Grommets are placed along the edge of the fabric cover, which then is tied to the frame by lacing thin rope through the grommets. Besides providing a traditional look, lacing allows the cover to be tightened easily if the fabric wrinkles over time. It’s not a …

What not to do

When installing fabric structures, it’s important to consider the conditions. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA There are some basic no-nos when it comes to installing a fabric structure, and temperature and weather conditions are right up there at the top. “Don’t install fabrics in high winds or under 50 degrees Fahrenheit because the behavior of …