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Advanced Textiles Source
June 2014
Advanced textiles for architecture
The TechStyle Haus solar house design incorporates new flexible PV cells affixed to the surface of the tensioned glass fiber fabric cladding. Photo: Pvilion.

Advanced textiles for architecture

by Bruce N. Wright

The most important challenge in designing and constructing a building is a waterproof, energy-efficient exterior cladding, and that is harder than you may think. Why else do building material manufacturers continue to invent new materials and new ways of “skinning” the building enclosure?  [More]

A winning solution

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y., selected Birdair Inc. for a porte-cochere project in conjunction with its $50 million expansion. The canopy was designed and engineered by FTL Design Engineering Studio, using Birdair’s ETFE. [More]

Photo: Birdair Inc.
A way in
Today’s fabric structures are a highly visible means to help the general public make a connection and understand the amazing technology developed by the advanced textiles industry. [More]

Rethinking polyolefin fiber in
specialty textiles

Polyolefins have taken a back seat to polyester and nylon in specialty fabrics. Polypropylene, as an example of polyolefin, has superior properties for use in specialty textiles. For companies seeking ways to separate themselves from the competition, the additive modified polyolefins achieve specific properties not readily achievable with other polymers. With a little creativity, fiber producers can tap a variety of applications previously unconsidered.  [More]
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What's New?

Unequal protects stunts crew

Unequal® Technologies, provider of customized, concealed body protection, has partnered with the GASGAS 360 race crew to outfit its EnduroCross athletes competing throughout 2014. [More]

Smart fabric belly band

Researchers at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., are combining fashion design with wireless technology to produce a belly band that will be able to monitor uterine contractions and fetal heart rate in real time. [More]

The “most sustainable building?”

UnderFloorSox (UFSox), a fabric ductwork manufactured by DuctSox Corp. installed in the new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) in Vancouver, B.C., uses geothermal, solar, under-floor air distribution, natural ventilation and other technologies without conventional heating and cooling systems. [More]
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