Airclad is the next generation of semi permanent and permanent architectural buildings developed by Inflate.
Inflate is exclusively a design and production company that has specialized for the last 20 years in all things inflatable, for the last 10 years Inflate has been producing industry leading temporary exhibition structures for indoor and outdoor purposes using AriFlow technology.
(AirFlow is when and inflatable structure is inflated with a larger blower that stays blowing all the time while the structure is needed to stay inflated.) The AirFlow system of inflation suits produces very large structures that are easy to transport and that can be erected in a matter of minutes achieving maximum impact for events and shows around the world. As they are all fabric they packed down small with a ratio of 100m2 of usable space to 1 cubic metre when packed down.
Through the creative and technical success of these structures Inflate has seen the business grow rapidly around the world. This growth has created more demand for lager structures to be used for longer periods of time. The AirFlow are typically used for 3 days to 3 weeks. Where the new demand saw much more need for structures being used from months to years. This demand was initially from the marketing and events industry, but now we have seen the opportunities spread to many market sectors. With AirClad, Inflate wanted to develop the next building method that built upon the experiences they had with the previous inflatable buildings, but to create a more solid platform that can be used as the basis to taylor the interior to suit what the brief demands. The AirClad system is also easy to transport and erect. It is fully de-mountable and reusable and requires no need for intrusive concrete foundations.
The AirClad system is in its simplest form is a structural skeleton with air inflated panels cladding it. The skeleton forms and monoquoques structure with the inflated cladding. The inflated panels offer insulated and structural properties to the finished building and especially allow for a new architectural aesthetic to be achieved. AirClad is a sealed pressure regulated system using very little energy to keep the whole structure in working order.
The AirClad system is aimed primarily at 2 areas:
The Commercial sector accounting for marketing and events industries looking for contemporary building solutions that stand out from the crowd delivering the fine line between a permanent structure and a temporary structure.
The Domestic sector for housing conservatories, swimming pool covers and pool houses and garden Pods which is a booming industry in light of the global communication we now have through the internet and the capacity to work from home.
AirClad is not limited to these areas and we have designs on going for hotels, airport terminals, even a caravan park, and more recently we have been looking at humanitarian applications for disaster areas and war zones.