SPORTS AND LEISURE: WHEN AND WHY SHOULD TEXTILE CONSTRUCTION BE PREFERRED?
The composite membrane, also known as textile roofing, is becoming increasingly popular in the construction world. Modern and ecological, textile construction has been used for several years in the design of sports grounds and complexes, industrial warehouses, school buildings, and many others. What are the reasons for this success? Why is it worthwhile to use textile roofing on a sports and leisure complex?
TEXTILE ROOFING: FOR MAXIMUM PLAYING COMFORT
This is one of the first advantages of textile coverings in the construction of a sports field or complex. With its translucent side, the textile cover provides a homogeneous zenithal lighting ideal to eliminate any possibility of glare or shadow zone. Thought in a broader vision of textile architecture, the textile cover guarantees optimal playing comfort for the sportsmen, and an equally optimal visual comfort for the public.
Unlike a metal structure that reflects sound by creating an echo and reverberation phenomenon, the textile cover also has a composition that allows it to absorb part of the noise pollution. This is a crucial element for maximum comfort in sports arenas where large numbers of people are expected to attend. Finally, the textile cover significantly improves the protection of users against the heat in summer and the cold in winter. The reason: the low thermal inertia of the composite membrane.
THE TEXTILE COVER: FOR SAVINGS ON THE COST OF USE
Are you one of those, private companies or local authorities, who are looking to minimise the running costs of a multi-sports hall or a sports stadium? Textile construction has a number of advantages in this respect that should appeal to you. Thanks to its light and thermal properties, textile roofing allows for better management of lighting and heating systems.
Where a traditional building sees its lighting bill rise over the year, a sports building with a textile roofing takes advantage of the natural light outside to obtain an equivalent result, without spending a single cent. Likewise, the sun’s rays on the textile cover allow for better management of the interior temperature, with a clear reduction in heating consumption. Finally, it should be noted that textile roofing is less expensive to construct than other materials, with an equivalent lifespan of about 30 years.
TEXTILE ROOFING: FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CONSTRUCTION
The third argument in favour of textile construction is its low ecological impact. In the world of sports, concerned about environmental issues, it seems logical to use ecological materials for the construction of sports buildings. Fully recyclable and requiring little maintenance, textile construction is part of this environmental approach. Textile construction is not only energy-saving, it is also distinguished by its construction method. By opting for a textile construction, you favour the dry method, which is much more environmentally friendly than the wet method.
TEXTILE ROOFING: FOR AN INFINITE NUMBER OF ARCHITECTURAL POSSIBILITIES
A final element that may help to understand the popularity of textile roofing in recent years is the architectural freedom offered by this type of material. For municipal sports and leisure facilities, as well as for large private stadiums, textile roofing offers great flexibility in adapting to architectural requirements.
At SMC2, our teams of architects, engineers and graphic designers have a mastery of textile construction that allows them to imagine the most innovative projects. Thanks to their know-how and creativity, it is now possible to imagine the construction of a sports arena that is comfortable, economical, eco-responsible and aesthetic.