Tensotherm™ (patent pending) is a world first. It can be as thin as 9mm and it’s the only translucent and insulated tensile fabric roofing material that delivers diffused glare free natural daylight, enhanced temperature control (even in extreme instances) and innovative sustainability. This is how the triple-layer composite works:
I – TiO² PTFE; Lightweight and translucent, PTFE glass fibre is completely immune to UV radiation. The outer PTFE layer of Tensotherm™ comes standard with a TiO² coating that helps keep the roof clean and pristine.
II – Nanogel® blanket; Nanogel® aerogel, created by Cabot Corporation, is the world’s most effective thermal insulation and the world’s lightest solid material. Most importantly, Nanoge® is highly translucent just like PTFE glass fibre.
III – PTFE; Tensotherm™’s PTFE glass fibre interior liner can provide a continuous vapour barrier and effective acoustical barrier depending on climate conditions and mechanical requirements.
Aerogel® is 95% air and the world’s lightest solid material. This makes Cabot Corporation’s Nanogel® brand Aerogel® a perfect component of their lightweight PTFE glass fibre fabric membrane. The combination of materials produces a bonded system lighter than any other insulated roofing option. The advantages are minimised material and usage costs, reduced energy consumption for shipping and installation plus no need for heavy supporting structures.
Since its installation in 1973, the world’s first PTFE glass fibre fabric membrane roof in the USA continues to look and function to specified standards. Life spans in excess of 30 years are standard.
Tensotherm™ changes the way people see, feel and hear within any building type. It provides occupants with wide ranging benefits while also allowing for design freedom unparalleled by any other insulated roofing option.
Unlike traditional insulations, the unique composition of Nanogel® aerogel prevents it from losing any of its insulating value over time. Nanogel® is a hydrophobic material, making it resistant to moisture and mould. Maintenance. With the outer layer treated with environmentally safe TiO², there is no build-up of dirt and therefore, no need to clean.
Functionally, the Tensotherm™ system will contribute significantly to overall cost savings in mechanical systems as well as long-term operational cost reductions due to increased efficiency.
The world’s first facility to benefit from a Tensotherm™ roof is Dedmon Centre on the campus of Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Tensotherm™ was retrofitted over the Centre’s gymnasium and natatorium using a truss system. The project was completed in January 2009.
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