How to Heat & Cool Your Tension Fabric Structure

How to Heat and Cool Tension Fabric StructuresBig Top’s fabric structures are versatile solutions for companies that need a shelter to conduct all or part of their operations. And, while sometimes an open-ended structure is all that’s required – for storage, to protect equipment, or to fabricate in, for example – at other times, the structure will need to be climate-controlled to meet the needs of the business. For instance, our structures are often used as warehouses to store environmentally sensitive materials and as waste-management facilities where keeping recyclables sheltered from the elements is imperative to processing. And, of course, no matter what the structure is used for, it can be simply a matter of maintaining a comfortable work environment for employees if business operations are conducted in a location that experiences extreme hot or cold temperatures.

Natural Climate Control

Companies that need a climate-controlled shelter to meet their business needs can turn to Big Top for a solution. The hallmark feature of our structures is the fabric roof, which is formulated to repel 99.95 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation, providing outstanding protection for your materials, equipment, and staff from the hot sun. As a result, our shelters maintain a comfortable interior temperature that is on average 15 degrees cooler in the summer months or warmer than the outside temperature during the winter, without aid from an HVAC system.

HVAC Installation

However, if the natural climate control that our shelters provide is not enough to meet your needs, we can install a full climate-controlled system, complete with HVAC units, ventilation, and insulation. If you’re located in an area that experiences harsh winters, we can keep your employees warm and comfortable with radiant heaters, forced-air heaters, or other heating system. Furthermore, we can install air remediation and air scrubbing systems to keep the air inside the shelter clean, allowing it to be used for sandblasting, painting, waste containment, decontamination, and other operations that require clean air.

Other Features & Benefits of Our Fabric Shelters

Whether you prefer the natural cooling and warming of our shelters or you need an HVAC system for your operations, climate control is only the beginning of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you partner with us for your shelter needs. With one of our structures, you’ll also benefit from:

Energy Savings

In addition to naturally maintaining a comfortable interior temperature, the translucent fabric roof of your shelter will allow natural light to flood the interior. Nine times out of ten, this is plenty of illumination for our clients’ needs, saving them the costs of having to run artificial lighting throughout the day. If, however, your production runs into the night or around the clock, have no fear – we can prepare your shelter for an electric lighting system.


When it comes to versatility, Big Top’s fabric structures can’t be beat. They can be anchored to nearly any foundation, including shipping containers and ecology blocks, and they can be relocated as needed to keep pace with the changing needs of your operations.

Cost Savings

Our shelters require fewer materials and can be assembled much more quickly than a permanent building, which can save on costs. Because our structures can be deemed equipment with the IRS, you may even qualify for tax benefits.

To learn more about the many benefits of Big Top’s fabric structures, including climate-control options, contact us today.

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