Playground prototype keeps kids cool and safe in Australia heat

February 1st, 2021

Communities in Australia face unprecedented heat, drought and bushfire weather conditions, according to Steve Christou, mayor of Cumberland, a suburb of Sydney. The goal of the research behind this prototype UV Smart Cool Playground is to create safe spaces for children and their families to play. Photos: Western Sydney University. Western Sydney University heat research […]

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Protect and conserve potable water

December 1st, 2017

If you’ve had a glass of clean water today, you can likely thank a fabric-based product. Engineered fabrics, membranes and geosynthetics perform behind-the-scenes work to ensure that communities have access to adequate potable water and clean waterways. Creative fabric uses also hold promise in delivering clean water in emerging markets—a meteoric task considering that 783 […]

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Durable architectural shade

February 1st, 2017

Commercial HEAVY 430 is engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions on large-scale tension structures. Its biaxial stability and load-bearing strength creates the needed shape and tensioning endurance for large-scale structures and is made from 100 percent HDPE monofilament using a patent pending intertwining knit pattern. Commercial HEAVY 430 blocks up to 94 percent of ultraviolet […]

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