LSAA (previously MSAA), has been promoting the quality of tensile fabric structures since 1981 and hereby concurs and agrees with the following statement (issued by Tensinet) with respect to the PFAS restriction proposal:
For more than half a century, structural membranes, including PTFE-coated glass fabric, PVC-coated polyester fabric, ETFE-foils, and other variants, have found widespread use. These Fluoropolymers are classified as Polymers of Low Concern (PLC).
Unfortunately, there is currently no alternative material (with comparable performance in terms of longevity, durability, strength, and fire-resistance), and the consequences of the PFAS restriction for the tensile fabric structures sector (or tensile membrane structures sector) would have a non-compensable negative impact.
Given that the tensile fabric structures occupy a specialised niche, we need to consolidate our efforts to ensure an effective communication. LSAA wishes to obtain feedback and support from all stakeholders - contractors, fabricators, suppliers, engineers, architects (involved in this niche industry)
If you share this point of view, we invite you to support the petition, thereby helping to preserve the future of tensile fabric structures.
Follow the Tensinet link to learn about the Working Group position on PFAS and to sign and add your support to the online petition.
Tensinet states that you should sign before September 15. You may need to be a member.
An additional approach is to send an