Tensile structures have been used for thousands of years. Their simplicity and efficiency have brought about a recent increased awareness of, and demand for, tensile architecture. Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE, is a relatively new product within the tensile membrane industry in the United States, and it is growing in popularity. It is a fluorine based plastic that was developed to be strong across a wide range of temperatures and be highly resistive to corrosion. This course provides a brief background on the following: ETFE architecture; the benefits of ETFE structures over traditional building techniques; identifying the complete design through construction process for creating an ETFE structure; as well as learning how to select the correct ETFE system and the key properties and performance measures of each.

Learning Objectives

  • Compare and contrast the benefits of ETFE architecture and structures over traditional building techniques.
  • Identify the complete process—from design through construction—for creating an ETFE structure.
  • Learn how to select the right ETFE and describe key properties and performance attributes of each.
  • Explore the new innovations and see how these allow you to design according to the new building requirements and codes while still keeping your freedom of design.