Energy Efficient Buildings are Easy and Affordable

November 30th, 2012

energy efficient buildings are great because they are affordable and don't destroy our environment There are many reasons why individuals and businesses today are looking for more eco-friendly and energy-efficient constructions. It saves money, it’s good for the environment and it can even qualify you for tax breaks and other benefits. So if you’re looking for energy efficient buildings, it pays to do some research and see what types are available to you and which you need.

The first common mistake that people think about these structures is that they will not be able to afford them. First, they are more affordable than you would think because they are made partially in a factory and assembled on-site. They will also save you money over time since they are energy efficient so even if you invest a little more at start up, they pay for themselves over time.

These buildings are often used as temporary shelters because they are so easy and affordable to construct and they can also be made to be portable, if needed. Many traditional construction methods are being phased out by these newer, more efficient and eco-friendly methods and energy efficient buildings are on the rise. The long term economic and environmental benefits are just more reasons to consider this for your own construction needs.

Once a building is constructed, the energy efficiency sets in. These buildings will have a heating system and cooling system (if needed) to keep the temperature of the building where it should be year round without using a great deal of excess energy. If it has doors and windows, they will be properly installed and insulated so as not to cause energy leakage. Even the placement of the structure itself can help it be more energy efficient. Putting a building under the shade of trees, for example, can help it to stay cool in hot months without using as much energy.

If you’d like to learn more about energy efficient buildings and how they might suit your personal or professional needs, we’re happy to help you today. We have buildings with many features and benefits in locations all over the world, including military facilities, quarries, construction sites, marine yards and more.

Features of our Temporary Buildings and Temporary Shelters

  • Sizes: Up to 280’x1000′
  • Clear Span Interior
  • Galvanized Steel Tube Frames
  • Industrial Grade Fabric Covers
  • Mobile Using Wheels or Crane
  • GSA Approved
  • Building Code Compliant
  • Easy Assembly
  • Temporary / Permanent
  • Relocatable
  • Modular – Expandable
  • Durable / Long Life
  • Professionally Engineered
  • We Ship World Wide

Can Your Business Benefit from Pre-engineered Buildings?

November 30th, 2012

pre-engineered buildings can be beneficial to you and your business. There are many benefits to outdoor buildings and structures today. Pre-engineered buildings are growing in popularity as a cost-effective structure option for construction industries, the US government and more. These buildings are designed with aesthetics in mind, as well as durable and their fast construction.

For generations now, man has been looking for ways to improve buildings and structures, speed up the construction time and make them more environmentally-friendly. Pre-engineered buildings are one way of doing this. So how does it work and how do you know if you need one for your business?

First, these buildings have their name because part of their structure is crafted in a factory. They are shipped to location partially built already. This saves time, money and labor on the job site. They are brought to the job site in a jock down form and the parts are then assembled by the supplier and they will take the shape of the required building.

Some of the great benefits to these structures are that they can be outfitted with features such as canopies, false ceilings, partitions and dividers, and other building accessories. They are very flexible in construction, meaning you can choose just about anything you want or need for your project and it can be done.

Some other benefits are that they can be customized to meet your needs, they are lightweight and air tight and they are very efficient. So with all of these benefits, you can easily see why some businesses can use them. But how do you know if you need them?

Well, first consider what you will use the building or structure for. What are you main needs? Then think about sizing and features. You also want to think about the location. Some areas are more difficult to build on that others and a pre-structured building might be easier than trying to construct your own from scratch on the spot. If you need your structure to be movable, that is also possible but you should always express this need upfront, since it will affect how the building is constructed.

Our temporary buildings can provide weather protection or containment solutions for nearly anywhere in the world. They are currently used at:

  • Military Bases
  • Factories
  • Marine Yards
  • Construction Sites
  • Quarries
  • Mining Operations
  • Oil Field Services Sites
  • Water Treatment Plants

If you’d like to learn more about how can help you with pre-engineered buildings, contact us today and tell us more about your project.


Best SkyScrapers in the World: 2012 – Infographic

November 29th, 2012

Here at Shelter Structures, Inc. temporary shelters, fabric buildings and portable warehouses are our thing. And although we aren’t in the conventional building business, we are still fascinated by them! We have put together an interesting infographic about the best 5 buildings in the world. Enjoy!


What to Look for When Purchasing a Shelter for Temporary Weather Protection

November 29th, 2012

temporary weather protection is one of the many advantages of a structure from shelter structures If you’re looking for a shelter that offers temporary weather protection for your construction site, to protect a greenhouse,  shelter expensive vehicles and boats or for any other number of uses, it’s important to be aware of what to consider when making the decision as to who to purchase from and what you’ll need for your desired purpose.

What size space will need to be covered?

A tensioned fabric building provides an excellent shelter for temporary protection as it can be custom designed to fit any height, length or width. This type of structure can be made to suit your particular application in the most cost effective manner. With flexible sizes your range of application is virtually unlimited.

Quality of the shelter

The higher quality shelter, the better protected your assets will be from the elements. There are several factors you should look for that will affect the overall quality of the structure:

  • Fabric – Fabrics should be coated and not laminated for a shelter that will have better durability and a longer life span. Laminated fabrics are cheaper and often don’t have a warranty longer than one year.
  • Corrosion protection – this is another important element with the shelter serving as temporary weather protection. If unplated steel is used it can rust quickly – even before the shelter is erected. The base plates, connection plates and tabs should be hot dipped galvanized in order to prevent this corrosion.
  • Strong connections are necessary for the best quality structure that will hold up under even the most extreme weather conditions. uses connections made with galvanized A325 structural grade bolts, and you should look for something similar when purchasing your shelter. Many companies use smaller bolts that are of a lower grade offering lower tensile strength.


There are a wide variety of structures that can be made to offer temporary weather protection and to fit into most budgets. Keep in mind, the cheapest option may not end up being the most cost effective in the long run.

You’ll want to consider the cost savings of a temporary structure over a permanent building. In addition, by choose a green energy efficient building; its design will increase the efficiency of resource use meaning lower utility costs on things such as energy and water as well as using fewer materials and ultimately reducing the impact on the environment.


The Many Benefits of Relocatable Buildings

November 28th, 2012

relocatable buildings for Construction and Equipment. Buildings that can be moved easily, such as relocatable buildings, have a variety of uses and are often more cost effective in addition to coming with a number of advantages over their more permanent counterparts.

Just a few of the purposes relocatable buildings can be used for include:

  • Modular classrooms and offices
  • Temporary work housing or bunk camps
  • Healthcare clinics such as free screenings
  • Temporary daycare facilities
  • Classrooms
  • Storage
  • Environmental Enclosures
  • Emergency situations, including housing after a natural disaster
  • Temporary construction sites

Saving time

One of the big benefits with a movable structure is as a time saver – and time equals money. This provides a much faster building solution with a significantly less time to put the structure together, as much as 50% faster as compared to something more permanent.

Cost effective

This option is also provides a substantial cost savings as compared to a permanent structure and can be an especially smart financial move as it rarely loses value over time. If you find you no longer have a need for it, you might also be able to rent it out and secure a regular passive income from the building.


Of course, as the name suggests, a relocatable building can be easily moved at any given time.  For construction sites, if a project is expanded or needs to be moved to another site, the ability to relocate these buildings at little cost is a huge benefit to the owner.

For the homeowner or retiree who is frequently on the move, this is extremely advantageous. In addition, if a family member such as an elderly parent or an adult child needs a place to stay this can be an ideal option.

Environmental friendly

The ability to reuse buildings instead of tearing them down and demolishing them is a highly sustainable alternative. Relocating structures from one site to the next also means less space taken up in a landfill, with a lesser impact on the environment. This type of construction is often able to optimize the use of construction materials in order to minimize on-site waste that can occur with standard construction.

 Less worry

As relocatable buildings are made of galvanized steel, there is no need to worry about termite infestations or even accidental fire. At the same time, these structures are weatherproof and meant to withstand extreme winds and even snow loads in almost any type of conditions.


Top 5 Uses for Portable Structures

November 28th, 2012

portable structures can save your construction site money If you’ve never thought about using a portable structure before, there are many reasons you should. These kind of mobile structures are becoming more and more popular as a cost effective way to protect a company’s assets or as a secured space without the high expense of constructing a permanent building or facility.

Protecting equipment from theft

Construction sites are frequently filled with expensive equipment and supplies that can often be targets for theft or vandalism. The use of portable structures on a job site provides an excellent way to protect these items if there cannot be someone there at all times.

Once the project is completed – it can easily be moved to the next site without having to locate a secure building for storage of the company’s pricey assets.

Protection from weather extremes

Weather protection at the construction site can make the difference between being on schedule or going over budget. Portable structures are one of the best options to protect the site from weather extremes that can seriously damage unfinished construction.

The structures can be installed to give workers a respite from the sun on very hot days or from severe cold on the most frigid days. In addition to making smart business sense by ensuring employees don’t become ill or injured, this much appreciated comfort can boost morale. Of course, you’ll be able to move the structure on to your next site easily and not have to worry about subjecting property, workers and other assets to the elements in the future either.

Natural disaster shelters

Should a natural disaster occur temporary shelter will likely be needed for those who are displaced or just need a space and secure space until they are able to return home; portable structures can be crucial in getting through these emergency situations.

Safe and secure area for medical care

These structures are also very useful for medical clinics that need to set up temporary areas for screenings or in emergency situations to care for patients. They shield physicians, nurses and other medical staff from the weather and make it a safer place to perform medical evaluations. They are easily broken down and moved to the next area help is needed.


Portable structures aren’t just beneficial to businesses – they can provide a secure place for homeowners to store expensive yard equipment, furniture during a remodel or other home renovations.  This is a great way to store items without the big expense of building a permanent building on the property.


What to Look for In Portable Shelters

November 2nd, 2012

portable storage is perfect for your construction site There can be any number of reasons for needing portable shelters. These reasons can range from the need to have safe, reliable temporary storage areas to needing movable structures on a construction site or road job. But, how does one go about selecting the right product for his or her need? Here are some tips:


The first issue to address is space. How much interior space do you need? Once you know that, you can visit sites such as the one found at and look through their inventory for products that match your space requirements.


The next issue to address is use or purpose. Not all portable shelters are the same. Some are more suited to particular jobs than others. Selecting the right structure for your particular need is crucial so spend some time on this issue. If you have questions or need assistance, call the company and tell them your needs. Chances are good they will be able to assist you in making the right choice.


Now, you need to consider environmental factors. If you plan to use your portable shelters in weather or climates that are extreme, you will want to address that issue before you make your selection. Some structures are more suitable to use in extreme cold weather than others. While on the other hand, other temporary structures are very good for use in hot environments. Again, if you have questions as to which structure is best for your needs, contact the company and speak to a professional who knows.


One last issue to consider is how long the structure is to stay at the site. There are some jobs or tasks in which portable shelters are set up and left in place for years. Other jobs or tasks may require the unit to be moved quite a few times over the course of a few months. It is always best to speak with a company rep if your structure is one of those that will be needed to be moved frequently. The rep can make suggestions as to which units are the easiest to relocate; which is often the best choice when frequent movement is required. The last thing you want is to purchase a unit that is all but impossible to move quickly, when needed. It is far better to get the type of unit that meets this critical need right from the start.


By addressing these issues, you can find the best unit for your needs and budget and have a happier experience once it arrives as well.


Are Fabric Structures Really Safe and Durable?

November 1st, 2012

fabric structures are multi functional and built for your needs There was a time when if a person or business needed some form of quality shelter they had to build a building of some sort. This was costly and it took a lot of time. There was no promise that land could be found on which to build the site, and the building often had to stay in place, or be torn down, once its need was completed—in other words, it had to be destroyed. Fabric structures have changed all of that. Today, you can have a high-quality shelter installed for less money and in less time than virtually any form of solid, rigid building.


The science behind these modern shelters is impressive. Today’s fabric structures are made of high-strength materials that are manufactured to have years of useful life. The material is literally stretched over the structural support system and held in place by high-quality fasteners. It should be noted that are many types of tensioning methods available today. This allows those who need a shelter to choose from a variety of options, including size and width options.


Fabric structures can be used for a variety of purposes. Some choose to use them as storage facilities instead of buying or leasing warehouse space. Some use their shelter as maintenance hubs as these units are easy to drive into and out of and provide all the shelter the crew needs in order to complete their work. Others use their shelter for public gatherings of various sorts. All in all, the uses for tensioned shelters are as varied as the people who purchase them.


One issue that some people have concerns about when it comes to these types of shelters is leaking. Leaking can be prevented if the shelter is purchased and installed by a professional company who knows what they are doing. There are certain issues that have to be addressed during the construction of the shelter to prevent leaking, and if those are not addressed, the possibility of leaks is certainly real. Again, however, if a professional team sets up the shelter, leaking should not be a problem.


It is not recommended that fabric structures be constructed by the person or company that buys them. Construction requires special tools and equipment in order for it to be successful. Professional teams, such as those found at Shelter Structures Inc have the tools, equipment, and expertise to get the job done right the first time. The truth is it is often more cost-effective to let the pros do the work than it is to rent or lease the various tools and equipment yourself.