The use of tensile fabric steel buildings for aviation brings distinct advantages over other types of hangar. One of the most important, and the main reason why this type of building is so popular for this application, is the energy efficient and sustainable nature of the engineered fabric. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has high solar-reflectance and thermal emmitance properties that keep the roof cool. During high summer temperatures, the PVC coated fabric roof stays 50-60 degrees centigrade cooler than non-PVC material.
For maintenance tasks inside the building, the need for artificial lighting during the day is almost completely eliminated due to the 12% translucency offered by the tension fabric. The strong, rigid frame of Steel Span buildings allow for plenty of design flexibility, such as interior fabric liners and insulation. This makes them even more operationally and energy efficient.