The Building Costs & the Benefits of a Fabric Structure From a Steel Structure

Your building is a major investment and you take it seriously; so do we. Our vision is not just about structures, it’s about providing innovative Shelter solutions. By comparing the benefits and value of a building from Siteshelter to a conventional steel structure, it’s easy to see where a fabric structure comes out on top.


Our structures are constructed in a fraction of the time when compared to a conventional steel structure, and are built to last with quality Australian components. Siteshelter structures have less environmental impact and are more energy efficient that a conventional steel structure.


With the widest product range structures in the industry, it’s easy to see that a structure from Siteshelter is the ideal structure solution for your operations.


Steel vs Fabric Roof Systems

There are many benefits of choosing a fabric building over a traditional building. The fabric roof is one of the first benefits over a traditional style building. Unlike conventional steel structures, for example, where the outer covering is often punctured thousands of times to attach the roofing and wall cladding, steel framed fabric structures are much more airtight reducing air and heat loss. The fabric cover has non-conductive properties that reduce the transmission of heat and cold, making the building feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The translucent properties of the fabric covers allow natural daylight into the building, reducing or eliminating daytime lighting costs, and creating safe environments for workers.

Without the daytime sunlight, most structures will require some form of daytime and night time lighting. Equipment costs, installation costs, and operational costs must all be considered. For a Steel construction building, the owner will need to add enough lumens of light to properly light the working area of the building during the day and night, consuming electricity every minute of use. A fabric building will require typically 1/3 of the lighting capital costs as the bright white underside of the fabric roof reflects and disperses the artificial lighting broadly and evenly, reducing shadows and reaching all areas of the building. In addition, the lights will generally not be turned on during the day in a fabric building, due to its transparency.


Fabric structures feature a high roof design which results in a large volume of interior air space. In agricultural uses, this draws the warm moist air up and away from equipment, machinery, commodities, or livestock. With the ability to offer side ventilation and end wall ventilation, warm moist air, including odours, can easily be vented from structures. In commercial, retail and industrial uses, the non-permeable fabric cover allows for increased control and air management. Ventilation and heating/cooling systems are easy to install and manage.

Construction Time

Fabric structures are pre-engineered and manufactured, ready to be shipped unless the building is a custom design. This allows a fabric structure to be erected in weeks/ days instead of months. The end user can move into the building quickly, with minimal interruptions to daily operations. Choosing a fabric structure also reduces the costs associated with constructing the building. Steel structures tend to have a labour intensive construction process. Steel structures can be costly, difficult to ship to remote areas, can be time consuming to construct, and are essentially permanent structures. Fabric structures are engineered as permanent structures and are also easily erected in remote areas because of their design.

Portability & Temporary Options

The fact that fabric structures can be built on portable and temporary foundation systems are really what sets them apart from traditional structures. By simply choosing a temporary foundation type like blocks, shipping containers, or a ground anchored structure, end users are able to take down and move their structures to a new job site, or store them until they are needed again. In addition, these types of foundations create little to no environmental impact. If the end user decides to move from the current building location to another, the site the building was constructed on can easily return to its original state.

Engineered vs Designed

The engineered Siteshelter building you are quoted up front will withstand the conditions of the site to which it has been engineered without all of the surprise price increases.

Supplying strong, safe and reliable structures is a top priority for us when we design and engineer our structures. Siteshelter incorporates all of the critical design factors into our structures so you do not have to worry about your building’s safety.  Before you get a quote on your building we will have made sure to comply with all Australian and International building codes for:

  • wind and snow loads
  • importance categories
  • enclosure categories
  • exposure factors


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