Atex®

  • Vodafone Park

    Atex® 5000 TRL in roof application, completed in 2016. Photo © Vodafone Park
  • Perforated architectural membranes

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  • Piazza Candiani - IMG Cinema Mestre-Venezia

    1,200 m² of Atex® 3000 TRL in application. Photo © Atex-membranes
  • Piazza Candiani - IMG Cinema Mestre-Venezia

    1,200 m² of Atex® 3000 TRL in application. Photo © Atex-membranes

In September 2017, Atex® partnered with Innova International as its exclusive Australian and New Zealand agent and distributor of silicone coated glass fibre fabrics.

Atex® architectural membranes are produced by Valmiera Glass UK Ltd., the leading manufacturer of silicone coated glass fibre textiles for many technical applications. As a part of the Valmiera Glass Group, Atex® operates a quality control system that fulfils strict international requirements for a variety of industrial markets including composites, thermal and technical insulation and construction industries. Valmiera Glass Group products benefit from innovative production and application technology plus the most up-to-date manufacturing facilities.

Atex® (TRL) – high translucency allows transmission of UV-A sunlight rays essential for plant growth and personal wellbeing, while blocking harmful UV-B light. This high translucency allows through natural daylight for a healthy interior environment and energy savings on artificial lighting, contributing towards operational efficiency of a building.

Atex® is a range of woven glass fabrics with an excellent strength to weight ratio and a quality matt lacquer finish that has been developed specifically for use in architecture. Atex® materials embrace a new contemporary freedom of form, lightness and ecological appeal. They are designed for safety and fire resistance and are inherently non-combustible. Even at high temperatures, Atex® fabrics do not emit any harmful gasses or melt into dangerous drips. All grades of Atex® membranes will pass BS476 Part 6, 7 making them building class 0; while the base substrate will pass Part 4 (classing it as non-combustible building material).

Atex® architectural applications include tensile membrane structures, shading canopies, façade cladding, pneumatic structures, interior solar protection, ceiling panels and acoustic solutions. Atex® membranes are suitable for use in airports, entertainment venues, sports facilities, awnings, parking facilities and various building typologies.

All Atex® membranes listed on this website are available on an ‘indent order’ basis. For more information on the full range of Atex® fabrics, please contact your local Innova Sales Representative or Innova Head Office direct.

 

DIRT REPELLENT

Atex® membranes are sealed with unique Atex® top coating in either matt, silky or exclusive finish for easy maintenance.

LONG LIFE SPAN 25 YEARS

Atex® membranes are designed for long-term outdoor use with an expected life span of up to 25 years.

TEMPERATURE RANGE

Temperature resistant between -50 and +200° Celsius. Atex® membranes remain flexible, even at low temperatures, for easy handling and installation.

WEATHERPROOF & HYDROPHOBIC

All Atex® membranes are treated to resist wicking of moisture, making sure they are extremely weatherproof and durable.

FIRE RESISTANT

Tested to all International Standards including European, British and US standards, Atex® membranes are classified as having low combustibility. In the event of fire, Atex® membranes produce almost no smoke and no molten material or flaming droplets. The base fabric, fibre-glass, is non-combustible.

ACOUSTIC ACTIVE

Atex® membranes can be produced with special designs for use as acoustically active membranes. Atex® mesh products offer additional acoustic solutions.

HIGH TRANSLUCENCY

The unique translucency and light diffusion of Atex® membranes of up to 42% allow innovative light effects.

EASY CLEANING

The durable, high quality silicone coating of Atex® membranes is easy to clean, retaining the special optical properties and perfect look.

MANUFACTURE CERTIFIED ISO 9001

Valmiera Glass UK Ltd. is certified to ISO 9001 quality standard; one of the first companies in the silicone coating industry to achieve this.

PRODUCTS ADAPTED TO EVERY LOCATION

Different shapes, designs and looks are easily achieved to give the perfect solution for your application. ATEX® membrane products offer the versatility to give you the freedom to design.

NON-TOXIC & PVC-FREE

All Atex® membranes are free of PVC, phthalates and other harmful chemicals. Environmentally friendly and odour-free, Atex® membranes are ready to use in interior applications without any issues.

RECYCLABLE & SUSTAINABLE

The principal components in Atex® membranes are easily obtained and environmentally non-contentious – glass and silicone. Products that are sustainable and recyclable.

FLEXIBLE & CREASE RESISTANT

Due to the outstanding physical properties of the high-quality silicone elastomers used in them, Atex® membranes are well protected against creasing and remain flexible even at very low temperatures.

WITH WIDTH UP TO 3M

Standard material widths for Atex® membranes are 200, 250 and 300cm – suitable for wide spans and optimised structures.

UNLIMITED COLOUR RANGE

Atex® can be produced in any colour – even metallics such as gold and silver are possible. Special colours require minimum order quantities between 250 and 500 linear meters.

BLOCKS OUT UV LIGHT

Due to its construction, Atex® blocks out harmful UV light but allows the transmittance of UV wave lengths necessary for plant growth.

 

Atex® membranes are made from a combination of glass and silicone. Because of the inert nature of the base glass fabric and the silicone rubber, they offer a high resistance to atmospheric agents.

As a high performance material, Atex® silicone coated glass fabric membranes require regular cleaning & maintenance. This should be carried out in accordance with the recommendations given below.


INSPECTIONS

 The frequency/level of maintenance and inspection depends essentially on:

  1. The working position of the textile (installed in steep slopes or horizontal position).
  1. The exposure of the membrane to building micro-climates (airflow from nearby doors, windows, HVAC installations, general traffic flow, etc.) and the surrounding environmental pollution level.

Scheduled Inspection

During periodical inspection, visual examination of the membrane must be carried out to ensure the following defects are not present:

  • tears on the edges and inside the panels
  • peeling or delaminating at the welded joints
  • spots or areas of concentrated dirt build-up on the surface (e.g. pollen, insects, ash)

Non-scheduled Inspection

If exceptional environmental conditions occur, an inspection of the membrane’s condition must be carried out immediately.


CLEANING PROCEDURE

Recommended frequency: Every 12 OR 24 months minimum using the right detergent for Atex® membranes.

Light soiling: Wipe membrane surface with a solution of 10% mild liquid soap, apply warm water with a soft white cloth, sponge or pad. Repeat if necessary (one or two more times) to completely remove any smears.

Heavy soiling: Dampen a soft white cloth with the right detergent for Atex® membranes and rub gently. Then wipe surface with a water damped soft white cloth, sponge or pad. Repeat if necessary to completely remove any smears.

Stubborn stains: Consult our Technical Service Team directly ([email protected]) to discuss the nature of staining is recommended before taking further action.

> The correct cleaning of the surface will restore the hydrophobic properties of the silicone coating of the membrane.

> The use of abrasive cleaning materials or any substance which damages the surface will lead to deterioration in performance.

> Use of general facility elevators or cranes - existing facilities and installations for elevating or lifting any maintenance of HVAC/facility lighting/sprinklers/ general revision/steel bows/windows and cleaning procedure etc. should be adapted to the required cleaning and maintenance procedures for Atex® silicone coated glass fabric membranes.

  • Use only Atex® recommended cleaning agent.
  • Dilute with warm water, 1 to 5 parts cleaning solution in 100 parts water.
  • Avoid prolonged contact with skin. Use of gloves is recommended.

> Temperature: 10 to 30°C

> Packaging: 5, 20 and 200 Litre

> Storage:

  • DO NOT store below freezing point 
  • Store in accordance with Health & Safety regulations 
  • Read additional documentation (available on request)

Cleaning program and documentation

Cleaning procedures and schedule of the membranes should be included in the facilities routine cleaning and maintenance documentation. This should be revised periodically in accordance with the prevailing climatic and environmental conditions.

Procedures for inspection, cleaning and maintenance of the membrane should be documented and updated for optimisation and staff training.