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Advantages of ETFE Film

Discover a new world of architecture, next generation in material where the impossible with glass is now possible.

1 Only 350g/m² * Super lightweight

Only 350g/m² * Super lightweight

  • As ETFE film is lightweight, it requires less structural steel to support it, less materials results in a much lighter carbon footprint.
  • Greater design capabilities due to the lightweight and flexibility of the ETFE film.
  • Unlike glass ETFE film is shatterproof, so no sharp shards or jagged edges if broken or tampered with.

* Weight: under the condition t=200µm

2 Excellent Light Transmission
  • ETFE film produces a bright and open space that can emulate the outdoors.
  • Due to the high transmittance of daylight, lighting costs can be reduced which in turn will contribute to saving energy.
  • By choosing a specific ETFE film, light transmission can be controlled to best suit the exposed area.

Introduction to the various film types

Light Transmittance chart by wave length (Comparison with other materials)

Light Transmittance chart by wave length (Comparison with other materials)

Data provided by: Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.

3 Superior Durability and Self-cleaning properties
  • ETFE is highly resistant to chemical damage, as well as being resilient to wild weather.
  • ETFE film can retain well its strength for over 20 years whilst also retaining its transparency with its self-cleaning capabilities.
Long time test data of tensile stress

Long time test data of tensile stress

Long time test data of light transmittance

Long time test data of light transmittance

Data provided by: Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.

4 Insulation properties
  • When ETFE film is used in the two or three layer model it can be a great source of insulation for the inside of the structure.

Insulation properties

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5 Eco-friendly

100% Recycle

  • ETFE is recyclable; once it has been taken from a structure it can be recycled back into useable ETFE products.
  • ETFE is a lightweight fabric, which requires less fabrication than traditional building materials, reducing C02 emissions in the air.
  • Due to its transparency (up to 90%) ETFE can reduce the use and cost of indoor lighting.
6 Fire Resistance Performance

Fire Resistance Performance

  • ETFE film has passed International standards in fire resistance
Test Method Item Class
UL94 Flammability Rating V-0 (250NJ)
DIN 4102 Ignitability Class B-1
JIS A 1322 Flame Retardance Class-1
JIS K 7201-2
Limiting Oxygen Index 29.1%
(Nonflammable in Air)
7 Various Types of ETFE film

Various Types of ETFE film

  • There are many types of ETFE films, these include: transparent, matte, white and printed.
  • Each type has a specific use, such as light control and to reduce UV.

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8 Lighting Effects

Great Brits 2005, Air Cabin

  • Added light or projection images is another way that ETFE film can help create a unique atmosphere for any structure.

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