ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) is a transparent polymer which goes beyond plastic and glass as a durable, highly transparent and very lightweight in comparison to glass structures. ETFE is being considered the material of choice for traditional skylight applications for long span structures and building facades.
ETFE foil has made a dramatic impact on contemporary architecture with a unique combination of qualities that include 97% transparency, low mass, and high-strength and long lifespan. From inflated cushions to cable supported roofs, we can help you to get the best out of this 21st century technology.
Utilising our extensive tensile expertise we are able to design, manufacture and install the next generation of ETFE structures – cable supported single skin ETFE membranes - opening up possibilities for greater spans and reduced costs. We can even utilise the TEXO framing system to create simple, light weight and fast to install modular units. If you have already seen the light or need to find out more about ETFE, simply get in touch to find out how we can help you.
In a double or triple layered application, ETFE film incorporates a pneumatic system to maintain air between 2 or 3 layers of film attached in aluminum extrusions and supported by a lightweight structure creating inflated cushions. These cushions are filled with low-pressure air, providing thermal insulation and structural stability against wind or snow loads. If needed, small cables can be used for reinforcement. Under typical loading conditions, ETFE cushions can range from 2 - 4 metres wide and reach up to 60 metres in length.