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February 19, 2005

Wraps for Buildings

During the last couple of years, a developer  has been restoring an old house on therir development.  He has enclosed the whole building in a polymeric bag, presumably to preserve the building.  There have been an artist now and then doing this for some articst effect, but this is the first time I have seen this for a practical purpose.  Now there is a patent which does the same thing.

6,851,224Enveloping element for a building
February 8, 2005
Lehnert; Stefan (Bremen, DE)
Foiltec Verarbeitung von Folien und Textilien GmbH

Buildings are covered using a fixed  support apparatus and a film pillow with two outer film layers, enclosing a gastight hollow space containing a gas such as air.  A thermal insulating insulaor is in the fastening section of the film pillow reducing heat losses.
I wonder how one gets in and out of the building.  I would like to see this used in a 50 to 100 story building.  Better yet, I would like to have the contract to provide the film pillow.  Any takers?  (RDC)


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