New shed design houses market all year with room for additional vendors.
Tensile membrane design recalls rich cultural history.
Temperature extremes in Japan are leading to greater reliance on fabric shade structures.
Awnings and solar shades can boost energy performance and contribute to LEED certification points.
Shade structures can be installed inside—managing comfort, while enhancing decor.
Shade structures can be a creative option to communicate branding as a message.
As people turn to solar and geothermal heating ambient heat gain can be a challenge.
Solar energy-collecting fabric products offer major potential to impact energy use.
Sefar enlisted to bring natural light to the historic and elegant hangar.
High-performance cladding makes transportable fabric structures unique—and practical.
Research illuminates the possibilities for creating textile second building skins that can be “controlled” by the environment and user preferences.
A motorized, sliding panel roof system, engineered to be covered or retracted.
City officials are choosing fabric structures as part of revitalization programs.
Fabric shade structures that collect rainwater and provide an attractive aesthetic.
An auditorium to accommodate lectures while not discouraging passers-by.
Fabric suppliers see continued economic pressure for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy rebounds, the architectural building market segment will be sluggish. Growth will continue in selected areas of the world experiencing commercial building booms, such as China and Dubai. The industry will continue to consolidate and will emphasize higher quality fabrics where there tends to be a more steady, reliable demand (and better profit margins).
Manufacturers see slow growth for the U.S. lightweight structures market in 2009, which will be aided by the growth of ‘green' projects and the trend toward using fabric in building projects in place of traditional (and often more expensive and less efficient) materials such as steel and concrete. They feel that the industry will continue to suffer from a shortage of skilled labor.
Coupled with the increasing cost of raw materials and a slowdown in both commercial and residential construction, these factors will likely continue to drive up the cost of doing business and inhibit business growth. Yet there are opportunities to grow and stay profitable for companies that manage their businesses closely, monitor all costs, and make smart, long-term decisions that focus on optimizing value (emphasizing quality and innovative products) for their customers.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.