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Anne Whitacre, FCSI CCS
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Post Number: 865
Registered: 07-2002

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 03:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

my next impossible question: anyone have experience with EFTE building system walls/roof? (its that stuff used for the Beijing Swimming Cube). I don't have a clue about how to even approach specifying this system..

Bruce Maine
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 03:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I don't know how gree this stuff is but the manufacturer is Vector-Foiltec
Richard Baxter, AIA, CSI
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Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 04:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I had no idea what you meant by EFTE, so I Googled it. Wikipedia actually has a fairly good explanation of it. It lists over a dozen other projects that have used it and lists 4 brand names, including the mentioned Texlon product provided by Vector Foiltec. DuPont has a product called Tefzel. I would start by searching the websites of those 4 companies and, if they do not provide spec information, call the manufacturers for help.
George A. Everding, AIA, CSI, CCS, CCCA
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Post Number: 466
Registered: 11-2004

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 04:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I'm struggling with the same questions on a job we are doing in this office. V-F seems to be the only US manufacturer/fabricator. There is also one in Japan. I think the specification will be a delegated design spec.

Please share what you find out.
George A. Everding AIA CSI CCS
Cannon Design - St. Louis, MO
Richard Howard, AIA CSI CCS LEED-AP
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Post Number: 202
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 04:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

We had Novum Structures (listed on 4specs) come in and do a lunch presentation where they featured systems with EFTE. They left a glossy brochure for our designers and told me I could find some technical info on their web site.

The problem is that you have to have Flash player to open their site and our IT folks won't allow us to install that, so I can't tell you what help they may have there.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 09:27 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

There was recent article in Arch Record mag. Doesn't talk about specific mfrs (since it's a CES article), but at least helps in better understanding the material/system?
Di Ann Hassloch, CSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP
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Post Number: 14
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 06:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I need to specify it as well, and received the Texlon product data from an overseas source.
Kenton Berry
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Registered: 04-2009
Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 02:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Oct. 2008 is whenI got this far.V-F contact:Meagan Dye(m.dye@vector-foiltec.com).Ph#518.783.0575.They have tech pdf avail.,but it would seem that they want to be part of your design team.
Kent Berry CSI
Berry Architects Eugene OR

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