Environmental behaviour of tensile membrane structures

Elnokaly, Amira, Chilton, John and Wilson, Robin (2002) Environmental behaviour of tensile membrane structures. In: The World Conference on Technology Advances for Sustainable Development (Energy, Water, and Environment)., March 11-14, 2002, Cairo, Egypt.

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This paper considers the environmental properties of spaces enclosed by tensile membrane structures (TMS). Limitations in the understanding of the environmental and thermal performance of TMS have to some extent hindered their acceptance by building clients and the building industry. A review of the early attempts to model the thermal environment of spaces enclosed by TMS is given and their environmental and thermal properties are discussed. The lack of appropriate tools for the investigation of their internal environment is identified and a need for further research in this area is suggested as a route to fully realising the potential benefits offered by TMS.

Keywords:Environmental behaviour; Tensile membrane enclosures; Thermal performance; Fabric structures
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:8520
Deposited On:30 Mar 2013 21:47

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