Tension fabric buildings have numerous benefits and in some respects can outperform traditional building methods. Engineered fabric buildings are cost-effective, quicker to construct, highly portable, sturdy, simple to reconfigure, and have low maintenance issues. A quick breakdown of a few of those benefits illustrates how money can be saved – and thus allocated to other aspects of a project – not to mention the faster construction, saving you the most precious commodity anyone has: time. And, due to its versatile nature, it can be easily reconfigured to meet ever-evolving project requirements. So, who can benefit from using a tension fabric building for their next project?
One Size Fits All
When considering the portable, durable and simple reconfiguration factors of tension fabric buildings, event venues frequently come to mind. Music festivals in particular take extensive prepwork, but are usually over in the span of a weekend. The nature of the event calls for space and freedom of movement, especially if world-class musicians are scattered around on stages across a wide area. Since permanent structures would be wholly impractical, tension fabric buildings make the most sense.
Not only does a little forethought allow for festival-goers to be sheltered from rainy and wet conditions, it also protects all the expensive gear necessary to pull off an event of this magnitude. Durability and sustainability may come into question, but consider that most tension fabric buildings are meant to be used for a very long time, with some lasting up to 30 years. Best of all, when the party’s over and everyone returns home satisfied, taking everything down is a simple enough task. An added benefit is that most of the materials used in tension fabric buildings are eco-friendly and can even be repurposed for another project entirely.
The low maintenance, cost-effective and breathable nature of tension fabric buildings makes it an excellent choice for farmers, too. These structures do not require special foundations to be laid and work well in wide-open spaces, which makes it a boon for those in the agriculture industry. For example, farmers who struggle with adverse weather conditions can use it to protect their crops or stimulate the growth of a select few. Due to it being easy to reconfigure, more or less space can be created if and when required.
There are also practical uses outside of farming. The structure is compact and durable enough to protect the expensive farming equipment that is the lifeblood of any farmer. Tension fabric buildings are more than capable of protecting equipment from rust or any other external damage that may be caused by sudden changes in temperature and other hostile conditions. Long term, these types of structures end up paying for themselves.
Tension fabric buildings have not only been a valuable commodity in the entertainment and agricultural industry, but have been serving other industries for years. Take the mining industry as a classic example: when new sites open up, contractors are called in and temporary structures have to be set up. Tension fabric buildings provide the ideal solution here, as the terrain is usually hostile and it can serve multiple uses. Need a safe space to store the tools of off-duty miners? What about a little break room where everyone can gather around and unwind over a hot cup of coffee before getting back to the job at hand? Tension fabric buildings are the obvious answer and have been trusted to meet such needs for decades.
Even German architect and creator of the first tension fabric structures, Frei Otto, would marvel today at all the industries who reap the benefits of his invention. The construction and landscaping industries also benefit greatly from tension fabric buildings. On projects that require a specified amount of time, these temporary structures provide numerous benefits to serve focused intent. These structures serve to protect workers from a temporary downpour or even make for well-ventilated meeting rooms to discuss strategy. The latter was especially important during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and one would not be too far off saying that tension fabric buildings helped to curb the spread of the virus.
Traditional structures still have their place in the world – after all, most of us live in them. However, tension fabric buildings are causing something of a revolution in multiple industries and a future where we are living in these structures may not be too far off. Considering a tension fabric building for your next project? Why not get in touch and we’ll assist in helping you settle on the best options to ensure a successful project.