Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a tent?
The Sprung Structure, an engineered stress membrane structure, is the result of over three decades of research and development. The Sprung Structure is constructed of extruded aluminum arches, integrally connected to an all weather outer architectural membrane. This specialized architectural membrane is certified flame retardant. Sprung Structures are engineered to withstand high wind loads and by design shed snow. With over a century of experience, Sprung Instant Structures delivers the most reliable, versatile and technically advanced semi permanent structures available in the world.
How long will the structure last?
The Sprung Structure consists of an aluminum substructure and a very high quality architectural membrane. The substructure has an indefinite life expectancy and a 30 year pro-rata guarantee.The architectural membranes have pro-rata guarantees of up to 20 years. Future replacement membranes are very inexpensive. A complete replacement outer membrane, using our Polyurethane coated membrane for example, can be purchased at a cost of only 20% of the then current selling price of the Sprung Structure.
Does the Sprung Structure meet the building code?
The Sprung Structure is designed to meet most building code requirements in North America. Once the customer is ready to proceed, Sprung Instant Structures will supply a comprehensive permitting package complete with drawings and supporting calculations all stamped by a licensed engineer certified in the applicable state or province. After placing an order, these drawings are provided free of charge for most applications.
Can a Sprung Structure be attached to an existing building?
Yes, the Sprung Structure can easily be attached to an existing building through our sealed connecting corridor system, available in widths of 10', 14’-6” or 19'-6".
Can a Sprung Structure be air conditioned or heated?
The Sprung Structure can easily be air-conditioned or heated. Sprung offers a truly effective insulation system utilizing fiberglass insulation up to 8 inches thick, finished with an attractive tensioned interior membrane. Framed openings are utilized for HVAC ducts penetrating the structure.
How is Sprung Instant Structures an environmentally friendly company?
In a world of finite natural resources, recycling is recognized as one of the primary solutions to environmental responsibility while higher quality reusable products have been given little recognition. Sprung Instant Structures considers itself an environmental leader by utilizing products that have significantly longer life cycles and are in fact, reusable. Consider the following environmental advantages of the Sprung Structure.
The Aluminum Substructure
Aluminum has an indefinite Life Expectancy. It actually gains additional strength and hardness as it ages. Sprung structures almost always experience multiple life cycles as they are passed on from owner to owner. Steel buildings, by comparison, cannot be easily relocated and an enormous amount of energy is expended to recycle only a percentage of steel at the end of its life. When a Sprung Structure is finally retired, its aluminum substructure is 100% recyclable with no loss of quality.
The Architectural Membranes
The architectural membranes selected for use in Sprung Structures have significant life spans of up to 30 years. Use of high quality membranes dramatically increases the time before a replacement will have to be installed. This reduces the amount of membrane required to be manufactured, reducing energy consumption from manufacturing thereby reducing impact to the environment. Comparably, membranes on tent like products, typically have a 5 year life expectancy. This would require the manufacture of a number of replacements to equal the life expectancy of one architectural membrane on a Sprung Structure.
All fiberglass insulation in a Sprung Structure is composed of 55% recycled postconsumer glass. Every day, over 120 tons of recycled glass, normally bound for the landfill, is melted down and utilized in the manufacturing of the insulation. In addition, an acrylic resin is substituted in the manufacturing process to ensure no phenol formaldehyde or ammonia emissions are created. Every bag of insulation supplied proudly displays the "Eco Logo".