Fabritecture offers a range of architectural fabric structures that support sustainable design requirements.
Architects are using different techniques to reduce the energy needs of buildings and increase their ability to capture or generate their own energy. Additionally, the essence of sustainable design is to produce products and supply services in a way that reduces the use of non-renewable resources, minimises environmental impact and lowers carbon footprint.
Fabritecture specialises in architectural fabric structures with open, airy designs that allow an abundance of natural light, reduced operating costs and minimal environmental impact. Growing concerns for global warming and climate change have led to a need for structures that offer energy efficiency over the entire lifecycle of a building.
Fabritecture uses construction processes that reduce energy consumption, designing their architectural fabric structures using materials that can be fully recycled and specifying materials with thermally efficient properties to reduce running costs of the completed structure.
When first introduced, architectural fabric roof structures offered benefits such as their ability to enclose large spaces with little material and with minimal impact on the environment. With a lifespan of over 30 years, these fabric structures have proven themselves as permanent in applications at retail malls, airports, sports facilities and schools.
There are several advantages to building structures with fabric. In addition to the ability to create stunning architectural profiles that provide ‘freedom through form’, architectural membranes boast unique light transmitting properties that enable an open airy feeling of outdoor ambience indoors.
Architectural fabric structures are ideal for commercial developments, large sporting complexes and industrial facilities that are filled with diffused natural daylight during the day. When lit at night, architectural membranes form distinctive and dramatic illuminated structures that enhance the interior and exterior aesthetics.
In addition to providing natural ventilation, breezeways and natural convection, fabric structures can be orientated to capture views and natural ventilation while providing optimum solar exposure to maintain comfort levels in summer and winter.
Architectural fabric structures are relocatable and recyclable, impacting the environment to a much lesser extent than brick-and-mortar structures in addition to offering benefits such as reduced building costs and allowing retention of existing landforms and vegetation.