Fabric, the 5th Building Material

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA) represents companies providing fabric structures and related products to end users. It is dedicated to increasing the use of fabric structures as a viable building material within the architectural community. FSA provides a forum to exchange information, solve common problems and develop mutually beneficial relationships.

FSA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), a trade association comprised of member companies representing the global specialty fabrics and advanced textiles marketplace. IFAI invests more than $8 million each year to advance the fabrics industry and support member companies.


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Latest Industry News

SBA hosting webinar on EMV chip card technology

Migrating away from outdated credit and debit cards that use magnetic stripes, U.S. credit card companies have set Oct. 1 as the date for the national adoption of cards embedded with microchips. This technology, known as EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa), is a safer form of payment for buyers and sellers, as the cards are nearly …

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Seaman launches new FiberTite® website

FiberTite Roofing Systems, manufactured by Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, has launched its new website, redesigned to allow for increased functionality and capability. Focused more on the needs of customers, the redesign is part of a grander plan of improving engagement with the company’s online audience, says Michelle Miller, Seaman’s marketing manager. Seaman selected SyncShow Interactive, …

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The shading of urban renewal

Building on a revitalized interest in city life, innovative, functional and beautiful fabric shade applications are updating urban environments in cost-effective style. It wasn’t long ago that downtowns seemed more like ghost towns in many urban areas. The promise of larger lawns, less traffic and easily accessible malls drew people to the suburbs instead of …

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Tensile shade for seaside resort

Fabric and wood structure protects guests and remains loyal to marine history of the Mediterranean. With centuries of boat building in Spetses’ past, it makes sense that a new tensile shade structure for an exclusive seaside resort on this Greek island should look like it came from a classic Mediterranean boatyard. The owner of a …

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At every IFAI Expo I attend, I have found a new product or manufacturing process that we’ve implemented to improve our company.

— Jeremy Calhoun, Calhoun Super Structures Ltd.

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