ETFE in Construction
In recent years, the popularity and use of ETFE in global building projects has grown massively. As well as being 100% recyclable and aesthetically pleasing to view, it also allows the building owners and occupants to save money in the short and long-term, and operate within the building more comfortably.
As green building has become the standard trend throughout the construction industry, ETFE has become much more well-known and recognisable, and is now situated as a prominent material that is widely used in design and construction.
For what purposes has ETFE been used most regularly, and what are the best examples of this?
1. Roofing and Main Structure
Perhaps the most widespread and well-known use of ETFE is in the roof of buildings. Whether it be sports stadiums, shopping centres, or environmental initiatives such as the Eden Project in Cornwall, ETFE is used in many roof structures around the world. ETFE is such a great product for using within a roof because of its transparency and the ability to create a natural ambience within the building.
Due to its durability and high strength under tension, ETFE is perfect for buildings that may be susceptible to exposure to heavy rain or snowfall.
As well as a brilliant roofing solution, ETFE can also be used to great effect within other aspects of a building, such as the outer walls themselves.
2. Climactic Effects
Although we have already mentioned the Eden Project, there are other climate awareness projects around the world that involve the use of ETFE. One of these is Gondwanaland in Germany. Taking its name from a massive prehistoric continent on Earth, Gondwanaland is the largest and most popular feature at Leipzig Zoo.
Gondwanaland is the largest structure of its kind in Europe, and is held in very high regard by the German people.
3. As Art
Although ETFE has never been officially designated as art itself, there is no doubt that in reality this is what it is. This thought has been taken further by the Pasadena Art Center in California. Although ETFE is used sparingly in terms of the overall construction of the building, the way it has been used to create a stunning façade around the exterior of the building is truly mindboggling.
This aspect has been designed in such a way that the façade can move to allow in varying levels of light to the building.
Vector Foiltec is a global construction company that invented the use of Texlon, and has built and designed many ETFE roof solutions for buildings.