Our tension membrane structures offer new answers to old problems. Bring us your challenges and let us apply engineering discipline that is evenly balanced with inspired creativity.
Buildings featuring tensile membrane structures have the ability to explore technology and form, ultimately resulting in structures that resonate with the community and complement existing architecture as well as the natural environment.
Structurflex architectural structures are cost effective when compared to conventional structures, because their innovative form and inherent efficiencies lead to a reduction in the building materials required to build the structure.
The smooth, reflective surfaces of our PVC, PTFE and ETFE tension membrane structures reduce lighting and cooling costs, reduce solar gain and make the buildings more energy efficient.
It is the combination of these factors that make our fabric structures popular with architects and the public alike, and we receive many accolades and international design awards.
PVC membranes – a polyester base fabric coated with PVC – often have additional protective PVDF fluoropolymer coatings on both sides, which helps protect the surface, and also creates a membrane that is easy to clean. This fabric is the most common in tensile architecture because of its lifespan exceeding 20 years. PVC structures typically offer the owner the best overall value.
The most durable membrane used in tensile membrane systems consists of a woven glass fiber-base fabric coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE fabric). This coating is highly inert and generally unaffected by environmental contaminants and ultra-violet light. Additionally, it has superior fire resistant properties. The lifespan of PTFE is proven to exceed 30 years.
Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) offers a creative and lightweight alternative to glass. It is a transparent extruded film, or foil, with similar light transmission to glass, but is just 1% of the weight. With a lifespan of over 20 years and excellent weathering properties, it’s no wonder ETFE foil has been used on many high profile projects and stadiums around the globe. Structurflex has been at the forefront of mechanically prestressed systems using ETFE and has experience in pneumatically prestressed systems, also known as ETFE cushions.
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