silicone glass, membrane, membrane architecture, tensile architecture

Silicone Coated Glass Fabric

 

Silicone-Glass membranes are high strength glass fabrics, impregnated and coated with translucent or pigmented silicone elastomers. They can be used for both external and internal applications. Silicone-Glass membranes are produced to be a sustainable and ecologically friendly building material. As a light weight building material they can potentially contribute towards low energy construction strategies.

Key Facts

Silicone-Glass membrane material combines high strength, light-weight and durability for up to 25 years or more and can also be recycled after lifetime. These special membrane material offers the additional benefit of high translucency options which can be utilised in optimising natural daylight, therefore saving energy on artificial lighting and enhancing the operational efficiency of a building.

 

Manufacturing and installation


For the manufacturing of Silicone-glass structures proper tools are needed. The fabric will be joined by using of an additional welding tape/silicone tape and heat-press welding machines. The welding tape sticks by itself and there is no pre-tacking needed. Silicone-glass can be folded, but due to the glass stiffness a certain sensitivity is needed. The needs should be considered and be respected in production, transportation and installation. It is recommend to cooperate with experienced specialists to install structures made of silicone-glass. Silicone-Glass remains flexible, even under lower temperatures.


Cleaning & Maintenance


The cleaning intervals can be fixed according to different optical requirements and common inspection schedules. The inspections primarily have the purpose of locating damages caused by mechanical impacts which, if already existing, can in most cases be repaired directly on site.

The base fabric of silicone-glass is non-combustible. The entire membrane is classified generally as flame retardant with very low smoke development, no drippings of melted pieces at anytime. The fabric is self-extuingishing when losing contact to fire. In case of fire and smoke development the smoke is classified as toxicologically uncritical.


Sustainability


Entirely free from toxic heavy metals (e.g. lead and cadmium), halogens and other toxic elements. Similar Silicone-Glass constructions are classified as food-proofed.
The recycling of cured silicone elastomers by de-vulcanisation is an emerging technology and Silicone elastomers are and can be recycled, therefore the end of life recycling process could account for virtually 100% recyclability by weight of used Silicone Glass fabric.


All components (glass and silicones) are uncritical in landfills.

Silicone Glass Fabric Membrane, Textile Architecture
Silicone Glass Fabric

•    Economical (slightly more expensive than PVC-PES)
•    Low flammability (fire classification DIN 4102, B1)
•    Available in colour white (other colours require 5.000 sqm minimum)
•    Strong and durable (> 25 years in central European climate)
•    Dirt repellent surfaces
•    High translucency
•    Waterproof
•    Suitable for printing (special methods required)
•    Suitable for use in all weather conditions
•    Special welding process required

Silicone Glass Membranes are suitable for external applications such as membrane roofs, cladding systems or shading canopies in sporting arenas, shopping malls, bus stations and airport terminals. For interiors, they can be used for solar shading, acoustic control, ceiling panels or for illuminated displays, diffusing light in an attractive glow. This type of membrane should not be used for retractable roofs, since the glass-weaving inside makes it too stiff to bend and requires a certain sensitivity.

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