IFAI member company Rubb Inc.

For as long as I can remember, IFAI trade shows and publications have been a great resource for bringing together industry participants and showcasing what is possible using fabrics as construction materials for an incredible range of applications.

It’s important to achieve some critical mass of viability with architects and specifiers to continue to promote and incorporate new technologies, and IFAI brings those people to the table. One of the things the Fabric Structures Association (FSA) of IFAI has supported in this way is by promoting green building practices and LEED standards.

I would like to see FSA also serve a meaningful role in the long-term success and integrity of the fabric structures industry through collectively setting some industry standards.

David Nickerson is the president of Rubb Inc. in Sanford, Maine. Read the full profile in the June 2011 Perspective from Specialty Fabrics Review.