One advantage of fabric buildings is that they are naturally translucent, allowing sunlight to flood into your structure. In fact, on sunny days you may not even need to use lights in your fabric structure. Using natural light has several advantages over trying to brighten a dark building with artificial lighting.
One of the most obvious benefits of using natural light is to save on your energy bill. On a sunny day, a fabric building with just 5% translucency may not need any artificial lighting at all. Increasing the translucency will increase your ability to leave the lights off. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, up to 50% of the energy consumed by the average structure is used for lighting. Save money by using the power of the sun to light your building.
More Pleasant Environment
Think about the first sunny days after a long winter. Ever notice that people seem to be in a better mood? The same can be true inside your fabric structure. Whether your building will be used for work or recreation, the people inside will appreciate the sunlit feel – without worrying about applying sunscreen!
More Natural Feel
If your building will be used for athletic or equestrian practice, your athletes will appreciate practicing in a more natural environment. When it’s not possible to practice outside, playing in a sunlit arena will feel more like the “real thing.” Sunlight has also been said to reduce the amount of aches and pains caused by inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. You’ll also cut down on the “buzz” caused by fluorescent lighting, which can spook your horses or cattle.
Better for the Environment
And of course, using less energy will mean a smaller carbon footprint. Sunlight is a completely renewable resource; using it to light your building is an easy, practical step to become more “green.” Learn more about sustainability of fabric buildings on our website.
There are many reasons to choose a tension fabric building. The ability to use natural sunlight is just one of them. Fabric structures can be built with varying levels of translucency, and even incorporate skylights. Contact our experienced sales staff to customize a building to your exact needs.