Are Fabric Buildings Energy Efficient?
Big Top’s fabric structures are sought out again and again by companies across a wide range of industries for a host of reasons, including a versatile design that can be customized for nearly any use, and the cost-savings they offer when compared to constructing permanent buildings. But, perhaps one of the most appealing benefits of our shelters is that they are energy efficient thanks to a thermal-reflective roof.
Lowering Your Energy Usage
When companies use our fabric structures for warehousing, equipment maintenance, waste management, lunchrooms or safety meeting facilities, or any other function to meet the needs of their day-to-day operations, they will benefit from lower energy costs than what they’d expect from a permanent building. That’s because the fabric roof of our structures:
Naturally Maintains a Comfortable Interior Temperature
By reflecting 99.95 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation, the fabric roof will maintain a pleasant interior temperature that is on average 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the outside temperature without the aid of an HVAC system, which can certainly help keep your energy usage low. While this will keep your staff comfortable, it also helps protect your materials and maximize the lifespan of your equipment’s electronics by shielding them from sun exposure.
Illuminates the Interior with Natural Sunlight
The fabric roof in Big Top’s shelters is translucent and will allow plenty of natural sunlight to flood the interior. For daytime operations, this will eliminate the need for artificial lighting, helping you keep control of your energy usage. However, should your production run into the night, we can equip your building with solar technology as a backup power source, which will help offset some of the costs of an electric lighting system.
Custom-Designed, Energy-Efficient Solutions
At Big Top, we’ve been helping companies across nearly every industry, including construction, marine, oil and gas, mining, environmental, and military meet their needs for a fully customized, energy-efficient fabric building since our founding in 1979. Rather than offer a one-size-fits-all product, we take into account all the aspects of our clients’ needs so that we can design the perfect solution.
Our fabric buildings can be nearly any size and are 100 percent free of internal columns and guy wires taking up valuable space. Plus, we can include any number of accessories such as HVAC and air remediation systems, personnel and bay doors, durable flooring, lightning protection, and more.
Other Benefits of Our Fabric Structures
Should the needs of your operations grow, the modular design of your fabric building allows it to be expanded in size. With a crane-lifting package, your shelter can be moved around your property, and it can be disassembled and stored for later use or shipped to another location altogether.
Comprehensive Services from an Industry Leader
Not only will we design a shelter to meet the specific needs of your operations, we will also be available for any ongoing support you need. This includes our turnkey installation service, flexible financing, and guidance on making repairs. For more information about our fabric structures, including how they can keep your energy usage low, contact the specialists at Big Top today.