SPORT AND LEISURE: WHEN AND WHY SHOULD YOU FAVOUR FABRIC CONSTRUCTION?
The composite membrane, also known as a fabric cover, is being used more and more frequently in construction, in a variety applications ranging from industrial hangars to school buildings. Modern and ecologically-friendly, this eco-material is also used in the construction of tennis courts and sports complexes. Why is it favoured? What are its advantages?
Optimally comfortable playing conditions
Employing fabric covers to construct courts and sports complexes offers many advantages. Their translucency provides evenly diffused overhead lighting and prevents glare and shadows, which is a benefit to both players and spectators.
The fabric’s composition absorbs some of the sound, unlike metallic structures which bounce it around and cause echoing and reverberations, which can be particularly unpleasant, especially when the venue is filled with a large crowd. Also, contrary to popular misconceptions, the fabric protects users from summer heat and winter cold thanks to its low thermal inertia.
Its thermal and light properties are to thank for these savings. As the membrane is translucent, users can enjoy natural light directly, meaning that the lighting systems are needed far less during the year than with a traditional building. Fabric covers are also less costly than other materials used for a comparable lifetime of about 30 years.
As many athletes share our concern for the environment, it’s only appropriate that they practice their sports in a facility that is environmentally-friendly. Using fabric favours dry construction techniques. It is completely recyclable and requires almost no upkeep. Lastly, as mentioned earlier, its light and thermodynamic properties are sources of significant energy savings.