The definition of “sustainability” is the study of how natural systems function, remain diverse and produce everything it needs for the ecology to remain in balance. It also acknowledges that human civilisation takes resources to sustain our modern way of life . There are countless examples throughout human history where a civilisation has damaged its own environment and seriously affected its own survival chances . Sustainability takes into account how we might live in harmony with the natural world around us, protecting it from damage and destruction.

We now live in a modern, consumerist and largely urban existence throughout the developed world and we consume a lot of natural resources every day. In our urban centres, we consume more power than those who live in rural settings and urban centres use a lot more power than average, keeping our streets and civic buildings lit, to power our appliances, our heating and other public and household power requirements. That's not to say that sustainable living should only focus on people who live in urban centres though, there are improvements to be made everywhere.

Today, using sustainable building materials is critical in new building design and construction. Architects and designers are always searching for architectural environmentally friendly products to help create efficient and sustainable building solutions. AG's tensile membrane structures, ranging from façade to roofing membranes, can help architects/designers achieve and earn Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED™) and Energy Star project certifications and credits for their latest design projects.

Some of the key sustainable benefits when designing with tensile architecture include:

  • By using translucent tensile fabric membranes like PVC/PES, PTFE, ePTFE or transparent ETFE films, daylight is maximized in building interiors, thus reducing the costs for electric lighting.
  • Light membrane color helps reflect heat & glare, ultimately reducing your solar heat gain and therefore reducing the demand for HV/AC.
  • AG’ s structural steel and cable designs involve fewer components than traditional construction systems, ultimately saving expenses on material costs and lower fuel consumption on transport.
  • Prefabricated manufacturing avoids waste, thus reducing carbon footprint.
  • Deployable or temporary structures can be re-located and re-used.
  • 100% recycling of steel and aluminium.