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3 Important Benefits of Tensile Building Facades

By November 12, 2019 November 25th, 2019 No Comments

Whether you’re looking to add a striking design element to an existing building or new construction, you have a variety of options. If you’re currently thinking about using a tensile facade, they offer plenty of advantages to virtually any type of project. 

Tensile membrane building facades are made up of several tensioned fabrics that combine to create a second skin on the building exterior. Because the fabric membranes are lightweight and span vertically to create an exterior facade system, tensile facades are a cost-effective solution to updating any building exterior because they don’t require as much structural support as other building options.  

Tensile facades offer an alternative to making over a dated building, provide shade, increase energy efficiency, and much more. Learn more about how tensile structures can enhance your next project. 

Architectural Freedom

Compared to mesh screens, tension structures give architects, designers, and property owners a much more cost-effective option for transforming a building facade without making major construction changes. 

Instead of simple, clean lines, tensile membrane facades have the capability to customize your structure with 3D elements such as sweeping arches and unique forms. These design options give the opportunity to revamp an older building with a modern look and create a branded design that ties in with a company’s identity.  

Energy Efficiency

While there’s much talk about increasing buildings’ energy efficiency, a tensile facade is one overlooked option. To keep a building cool, many opt for retrofitting with energy-efficient windows, which is a costly upgrade. A tensile membrane facade, however, can reduce solar heat gain from UV rays that heat up your building (which would require higher cooling costs). 

Tensile facades also block the glare while still allowing some natural light. Another cost-saving bonus: a tensile facade eliminates the need for adding curtains to windows and protects furnishings, etc. from UV fading.  

Acoustic Control

In addition to providing a more aesthetically pleasing way to conceal some of a building’s less attractive features, tension structures can reduce noise levels within structures such as stadiums, sports complexes, shopping malls, hospitals, office buildings, and more. Tension facades can also help dampen noise inside a building from such noise pollution as airplanes, traffic, or manufacturing.

A tensile building facade gives you the opportunity to make several improvements to a building with your budget in mind. With so many advances in tensioned membrane facades, you’re sure to find something to address your project needs. 

Considering a Tensile Building Facade for Your Project?

In the Tension Structures Division of Eide Industries, we specialize in design, engineering, manufacturing, and installation of structurally complex and creatively challenging commercial, government, and prototype design projects. We provide expertise and support for architects, landscape designers, general contractors, and property owners to develop their custom tensile membrane project ideas and construct iconic structures.

Explore the options for your next project. Contact one of our experts today by calling 800-422-6827.