Important Considerations When Selecting Architectural Fabrics

Posted by Shelter-Rite on Apr 25, 2017 12:21:54 PM

Before using architectural fabrics in your new construction project or next building renovation, it’s important to consider the longevity of the material and the warranty offered.

As a building owner, for example, you need to be sure the fabric you choose will maintain its structural integrity and remain aesthetically pleasing for decades to come. When reading the warranty, you should ask yourself questions like: Will it retain its integrity? What will the fabric look like in 10, 20 or even 30 years after the project is completed? Will the material retain its brightness and color? Alternately, you should ask yourself whether the fabric will become dull, spotted or faded and become a virtual blight. And, most importantly, after each question you should ask this follow-up: Does the warranty explicitly cover this?

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Succeeding with Flying Colors

Posted by Brad Hochberger on Mar 31, 2017 5:25:15 PM

Project Details:

Client: DHL Express
Fabric: Shelter-Rite® High-Performance Architectural Fabric (FRLTC) 8520, acrylic-coated PVC
Fabrication and Installation: Legacy Building Solutions

Project Story:

When DHL Express needed a durable, attractive fabric covering for its expanding operations at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Shelter-Rite Architectural Fabrics was the clear choice when choosing a supplier.

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ASCE 7-16 Provides Indispensable New Guidelines for Structural Design

Posted by Sue Uhler on Mar 8, 2017 4:01:32 PM

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has again made crucial revisions to the ASCE 7 standard, "Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures,” which provides requirements for general structural design. The revised standard is expected to become a primary reference that informs the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), specifically with relation to design that accommodates structural loads and seismic provisions.

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Dead Load Seam Testing for Architectural Fabrics

Posted by Felon Wilson on Feb 15, 2017 4:12:03 PM

One of the toughest measures of the stability of an architectural fabric seam is Dead Load Testing, which is found in ASTM D751 Section 80-83. This ASTM Standard applies to Coated Fabrics only, not reinforced laminates, or extruded or blown films. Why? Only a heavily reinforced material will perform in a dead load situation which is the very nature of the performance of an architectural fabric in a fabric structure.

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New Colored Membranes Ideal for Sports & Recreation Applications

Posted by Shelter-Rite Architectural Fabrics on Feb 7, 2017 3:42:08 PM

Photo courtesy Sprung Structure

Long gone are the days when the only exterior color choice of a membrane structure was white. This limiting factor did not sit well with the architectural and local building code communities. Today, there are significant advancements in technology that allow virtually any exterior color to be utilized for sports and recreation applications such as colleges and universities, as well as professional sports teams. Combined with attractive glazing walls and graphics, energy-efficient insulation packages make a tension membrane structure a solid long-term choice for sports and recreation applications.

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Air Structure Domes Make Football Possible Year-Round

Posted by Chris Mastroine on Jan 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Our favorite NFL and NCAA football teams are conditioned to play and perform in all types of weather. However, when extreme conditions prohibit these teams from practicing outdoors, a structure that provides a constant temperature suitable for training is the logical solution. Learn more about the advantages of air-supported dome structures in both hot and cold climates, and the fabric options associated with air-supported domes.

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There's a Brand-New Set of Guidelines for Your Tensile Membrane Structures

Posted by Sue Uhler on Jan 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Tension Membrane Committee has revised ASCE 55-10, the organization’s primary set of guidelines for designing a wide variety of tensioned fabric structures. While these guidelines are updated every five years on average, this latest revision is extensive compared to others—which makes the new set of guidelines, Tensile Membrane Structures (ASCE 55-16), a must-have resource for anyone building and assembling tension structures.

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Thin-Film PV Leads to Increased Aesthetics and Efficiency

Posted by Shelter-Rite Architectural Fabrics on Dec 19, 2016 9:04:59 AM

Photovoltaics, or PV, is a method of converting solar energy into usable solar power through the use of solar panels and solar cells. Historically, glass-encased PV systems reigned supreme compared to their thin-film and flexible PV counterparts. The traditional systems are generally bulky and rigid, thus not allowing for much in terms of design flexibility. The tides have shifted however as the consumer desire to have an aesthetically pleasing way to create solar power increases, allowing the flexible PV systems to claim advantages over traditional PV.

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Manufacturers Can Improve Facilities Through Tension Structures

Posted by Shelter-Rite Architectural Fabrics on Nov 30, 2016 12:46:05 PM

When thinking about manufacturing facilities, one standard image comes to mind: large brick and mortar structures that are very utilitarian both inside and out. Through the years, brick and mortar has become the natural choice for manufacturing facilities across the globe. However, advancements in the fabric building industry are making tension structures just as attractive as traditional buildings, if not more so.

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Recap: IFAI Expo 2016

Posted by Sue Uhler on Nov 16, 2016 4:25:44 PM

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