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Tension Membrane Facades for New Constructions: Achieving Your Design & Performance Goals

By October 11, 2018June 16th, 2021No Comments

Tension Membrane Facades for New ConstructionsTension membrane facades have a well-established reputation for their versatility in renovation projects, but their value shouldn’t be overlooked when you’re conceptualizing a new build.  An increasing number of architects are incorporating tension membrane facades into their designs from the launch of the project because these structures offer a cost-effective way to create a memorable design despite common budgetary restrictions.

Achieving Visual Goals with Tension Membrane Facades

Among the vast array of commercial building projects in the world, most don’t call for iconic visuals and award-worthy designs.  From office buildings to hospitals and parking garages to retail centers, the majority of new construction projects would land more on the “traditional” side of the spectrum when it comes to visual goals.  However, that doesn’t mean that you have to stifle your creative architectural vision all together – simply because your project’s budget calls for a more institutional design.

Tension membrane facades empower architects to conceptualize memorable designs that fit within the project’s budgetary restrictions.

Creative Shapes & Intersecting – By creating customized panels in unique geometric shapes and experimenting with the intersection lines, the opportunities for a one-of-a-kind design are endless.  Additionally, tension membrane facades let you extend the shape of the building beyond the confines of the structural envelope – taking the opportunities for a creative visual effect to the next level.

Dynamic 3D Forms & Pitches – While the structural envelope of your new building may have traditional lines, the envelope of a tension membrane facade doesn’t need to adhere to the same rules.  With 3D forms and dramatic vertical pitches, you can transform an otherwise plain structure into a functional piece of art.  Incorporate color, graphic printing, and LED lighting for an unforgettable impact.

Accomplishing Performance Goals with Tension Membrane Facades

Today’s new construction projects are being held to increasingly challenging standards when it comes to building performance.  Architects are under a great deal of pressure to create designs that maximize energy usage, minimize environmental impact, and incorporate new materials and technologies to overcome challenges.  Tension membrane facades can help.

“Passive” Architectural Shading Solutions – Just like stepping under a shady tree on a hot day, tension membrane facades can naturally cool a building by 10-15o – reducing the need for air conditioning.

Natural Light & Interior Experiences – Tension membrane facades block heat-inducing solar heat gain, but they don’t block valuable light.  Instead, these innovative designs help property owners embrace the power of diffused natural light while overcoming the challenges associated with energy efficiency and glare.

Durability & Longevity – Whether it’s an extreme weather event or exposure to dramatic shifts in temperature, technological advances in tensioned membrane architecture support dependable durability and maximize the lifespan of your high-performance facade.

Are Tension Membrane Facades Right 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.  Our expertise with tensile facade systems and tension structures supports architects, designers, general contractors, and building owners in their efforts to bring custom tensile membrane projects to life.

Explore the options for your next project by calling 800-422-6827.