As market leaders in performance fabric architecture, Tenthouse® Structures supports sustainable design in the wilderness environments we operate, where eco-systems are sensitive and conservation is of the utmost importance. As specialists in lightweight building solutions we’d like to share with you how fabric installations can contribute to more sustainable building practices

  1. Enclose large spaces with fewer materials.
  2. Reduce your carbon footprint.
  3. Spend less time on maintenance.
  4. Uplift communities with skills transfer.
  5. Relocate and re-purpose an installation.

Enclose large spaces with fewer materials

A unique quality of tensile and other tensioned fabric systems is their high strength-to-weight ratio and ability to withhold extreme loads. The creation of large, free span roofs with tensile minimises the amount of supporting steelwork required to build sophisticated, secure, and highly comfortable habitats resulting in highly energy efficient construction.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Prefabricated and compact, the lightweight components are easily transportable, rapidly deployable and require smaller teams to install compared to traditional bricks and mortar construction. This not only limits energy (and costs) in logistics, materials and build time, but pollution and environmental impact is also decreased.

Spend less time on maintenance

Highly durable, tensile membrane structures are able to endure extreme weather conditions and animal interaction. They offer an extended product lifespan unmatched by traditional roofing and do not require additional materials or large construction teams to maintain. This is particularly prevalent in wilderness environments where wildlife is protected and site intervention (landscape scarring) needs to be kept to a minimum.

Uplift communities with skills transfer

Pre-fabricated, the kit-form components require minimal supervision and smaller crews on site. Installation techniques can be taught and local sub contractors can be employed which supports skills transfer and the empowerment of custodian communities.

Relocate and repurpose an installation

The longevity of materials and on-site flexibility means fabric structures can be relocated and repurposed. Tweaks in installation save time, energy and money and the benefit of repurposing structures has immense potential to reduce your carbon footprint.

Image courtesy of Dr J. Leinhard

As sustainable construction continues to gain momentum globally, we believe lightweight building solutions will become more and more prevalent. Tenthouse® Structures is committed to the preservation of our wilderness heritage through light and natural architecture.