Typical interior environmental benefits are the high reflectivity of the membrane returning 75-85% of heat and light externally which makes them a very suitable alternative to polycarbonate or glass as a roof glazing system, without the heat load inherent to clear transparent materials.
Natural light penetrating the fabric provides an ambience of great appeal to occupants and can support growth of specific plants. Daylight transmission is typically 9-18%, sufficient to eliminate or greatly reduce the need for artificial lightening, therefore providing an energy efficient system.
Tensioned Membrane Structures are designed to comply with the appropriate design standards and loadings for each country or region as with conventional buildings.
Critical shape and deflection analysis is a major consideration when designing tension membrane structures to ensure ponding cannot occur for runoff and snow loading.