Texlon® ETFE - PROPERTIES

DURABILITY

The proven design life of Texlon® ETFE inflated cladding systems maintained in accordance with good industry practice is in excess of 30 years. A well-maintained installation however has an anticipated design life in excess of 50 years. Currently the oldest Texlon® ETFE installation dates back to 1982 and is still fully operational today.ETFE foil is not affected by UV light, atmospheric pollution (such as sea salt) or other forms of environmental weathering. It has been subject to extensive field and laboratory testing and shows no adverse signs of aging, discoloration or embrittlement. Long-term weathering tests in Arizona and Florida concluded that the foil did not show any signs of degradation or loss of mechanical strength.

SOLAR CONTROL

Texlon® ETFE is an extremely transparent material, the light transmission of a single layer of foil ranges from 88%-95% over the entire solar spectrum. A 200μm ETFE foil is almost 20% more transparent than a 3 mm pane of float glass. It is possible to change the aesthetic and thermal performance of the Texlon® system by applying speciality coatings, printing, and by introducing additional layers of foil. These methods will all help improve comfort levels inside of a building. The occupants are shielded from heat gain, IR and harmful UV radiation, while simultaneously enjoying natural daylight.

SUSTAINABILITY

The use of Texlon® ETFE offers significant environmental benefits when compared to alternative transparent cladding systems. This is true whether it is used for new buildings or refurbishment projects. The low levels of embodied energy and outstanding environmental benefits result in ecologically benign building envelopes. Choosing Texlon® ETFE can facilitate a reduction in requirements for artificial lighting, environmental control and the mass of supporting structures, while allowing for a faster installation compared to similar glazed systems.

FIRE

Fire safety is one of the most critical design considerations when selecting building materials. The choice of materials must ensure an adequate level of safety and conform to all applicable fire safety standards.In the unfortunate event of a fire it is essential to restrict the generation and spread of flames and smoke within the building and to any neighbouring buildings. 

.Texlon® ETFE foil is a safe building material that is principally employed in the formation of building envelopes.ETFE has a melting point of approximately 260°C. In the event of a fire it does not promote the spread of flames because it self-extinguishes and does not generate any flaming  droplets or particles.If hot gases or flames come into contact with ETFE cladding forming part of the building envelope it will melt and shrink back from the area affected allowing hot gases and smoke to be vented from the building. 

MOVING STRUCTURES

The lightweight nature and flexibility of the Texlon® ETFE technology facilitates new design and engineering approaches to moving structures and operable panels.Supporting steel structures can be designed for stress rather than deflection enabling the incorporation of large opening vents. In certain cases it is more cost effective to design an entire roof that opens hydraulically, rather than traditional opening vents around the perimeter.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Research and development is central to Vector Foiltec’s philosophy, and enables us to continue to introduce new and innovative products to the market.With ongoing in-house and external research projects around the world we are exploring new possibilities for enhanced cladding performance and delivery.Over thirty years of continuous endeavour Vector Foiltec has amassed the most comprehensive body of research on ETFE cladding systems anywhere in the world. Expertise gained from these activities is an important contributor to our ability to provide our client’s with a bespoke all-inclusive in-house design, engineering, manufacture and installation service.

FIRE SAFETY

Fire safety is one of the most critical design considerations when selecting building materials. The choice of materials must ensure an adequate level of safety and conform to all applicable fire safety standards.In the unfortunate event of a fire it is essential to restrict the generation and spread of flames and smoke within the building and to any neighbouring buildings. 

Texlon® ETFE foil is a safe building material that is principally employed in the formation of building envelopes.ETFE has a melting point of approximately 260°C. In the event of a fire it does not promote the spread of flames because it self-extinguishes and does not generate any flaming  droplets or particles.If hot gases or flames come into contact with ETFE cladding forming part of the building envelope it will melt and shrink back from the area affected allowing hot gases and smoke to be vented from the building. 

MOVING STRUCTURES

The lightweight nature and flexibility of the Texlon® ETFE technology facilitates new design and engineering approaches to moving structures and operable panels.Supporting steel structures can be designed for stress rather than deflection enabling the incorporation of large opening vents. In certain cases it is more cost effective to design an entire roof that opens hydraulically, rather than traditional opening vents around the perimeter.