Building the scenes for a new Rubb Group video

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Our new video is set to take viewers behind the scenes at the Rubb Group to highlight the design, manufacturing and construction processes that underpin our fabric building solutions.

Creative company Studio Wallop has been busy gathering video footage and images over the summer for the new company film for the Rubb Group.

Staff and ongoing work at Rubb took centre stage when Studio Wallop spent some time on site filming the design and manufacturing processes involved in creating Rubb fabric structures.

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Studio Wallop is an independent creative studio based in Liskeard, Cornwall, specialising in film, animation, photography and design. Set up by director and designer Stephen Tolfrey, Studio Wallop has more than 24 years experience in producing work for many clients, from small independents to major international brands.

Owner/Producers Stephen and Kim Tolfrey filmed at Rubb’s design and sales offices and PVC and steel manufacturing workshops. They also visited the site where Rubb’s building frame steel work is hot dip galvanized to protect it from corrosion.

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Staff from Rubb Marketing and the film crew visited two high profile Rubb buildings in the north east of England: Newcastle United and Sunderland Association Football Clubs’ training facilities. These two sports buildings are considered to be flagship indoor football training hubs and are good examples of how Rubb building systems can help protect players from the elements, while providing an internal light and airy atmosphere thanks to our translucent roofing systems.

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From the pitch to the airfield

With filming and photography complete at Rubb and key sites in the north, Studio Wallop then set off on the long road trip to Gatwick Airport for the opening of the new Rubb aircraft hangar for easyJet at Gatwick Airport. The new top-flight, two-bay facility provides 5200sq m (58,125sq ft) of usable working floorspace and can accommodate two Airbus A321s at the same time.

The video also features other projects and highlights from throughout the Rubb Group, which has operations in the UK, USA, Norway, Sweden and Singapore.

Rubb Group CEO Rune Vamråk said: “We are very proud of our new video. Studio Wallop and the staff involved did a great job. The video allows clients to explore our commitment to excellence in engineering in everything we do, while watching the processes involved when creating our quality fabric building solutions.”

You can view the Rubb Group video here.

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From Blue to Green: 5 Ways Rubb is Eco-Friendly

Fuel Tank CoversIn honor of World Environment Day, we decided to reflect on some of the things that make Rubb, Inc. an eco-friendly organization. Whether it’s recycling, reducing energy consumption, or preventing pollution, we consider the environmental impact of our products at all stages of their life cycle from design, to manufacturing, to customer use and finally to recycling or disposal.

  1. Environmental Buildings – Rubb has provided environmental protection structures to a variety of companies that foster good neighbor and green policy plans. From chemical and fuel tank covers, portable water and sewage covers, to nuclear decontamination facilities, to land remediation buildings, all Rubb environmental structures meet health and safety requirements and environmental protection laws. And the best part is that covers can be readily decontaminated to be used again or to be recycled when appropriate.
  2. Hot-Dip Galvanization – Steel, the most recycled material in the world, and zinc, the 27th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, are both 100% recyclable infinitely without the loss of any mechanical properties. And not only is zinc recyclable, it is a natural element that plays an essential role in the biological processes of all living organisms, including humans, animals, and plants. Because of the longevity of hot-dip galvanized steel, it has the potential to deliver huge economic savings, as well as contributing to the global economy. Rubb, along with other organizations like the American Galvanizers Association and our partnered vendors, is committed to sustainable development and a better environmental future with hot-dip galvanization.
  3. PVC – Polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC, is a polymer used safely and successfully in a range of applications, and is completely recyclable. In our case, Rubb uses PVC to coat highest grades of flame retardant, high tenacity polyester which features a rip-stop structure weave to prevent tears.
    By coating the fabric with PVC, it gives the membranes of our buildings color, strength and waterproof properties. In 2012 Rubb was approached by our fabric supplier Serge Ferrari, located in France, with a proposal to support a green initiative. Through a relationship with a recycling company in Italy that prepares recycled materials for manufacturing, Rubb was able to contribute a 40′ ISO container filled with scrap and unserviceable fabric materials.
  4. Thermohall – Rubb’s patented Thermohall Insulation System is the most eco-friendly relocatable building on the market today. Between using insulation that consists mostly of recycled glass, extensive heat and energy savings, and natural lighting that reduces electricity, Thermohall proves just how dedicated Rubb is to protecting the environment.
  5. Internal Movements – Not only does Rubb have a strict Environmental Policy for our processes and product designs, we also make a conscious effort to be internally environmentally friendly. Here at our Sanford, Maine facility, we recycle paper, cans and bottles, magazines, electronics, and just about everything that can be recycled.  We encourage staff to be part of wellness initiatives, and even purchased Rubb branded water bottles that are made with recycled materials, BPA and lead free, and FDA approved.

So there you have it – who knew Rubb blue was so green. We hope that you celebrate World Environment Day by leaving comments and letting us know which ways you are eco-friendly too.

The Benefits of Hot-Dip Galvanization Answered by Rubb

If you are in the market for a steel framed building, careful thought should be given to the construction materials, and ultimately, on the manufacturing process of the structures’ framework to ensure its quality and longevity. You could have the steel painted; although the paint is prone to chipping, which can result in rust damage. You could have the steel pre-galvanized; although the welding process strips off the zinc, making the weld point susceptible to rust . Or you could have the steel hot-dip galvanized, a technique used in the post-production of all Rubb Buildings. But before deciding on a process, it is important to understand what exactly galvanization entails.

Galvanization is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron to prevent rusting. The most common method used today is hot-dip galvanization, in which the steel or iron is submerged in a tank of hot zinc in its fabricated shape to ensure the entire structure gets coated, and therefore, is completely protected from rust and erosion. And you might not think so, but hot-dip galvanization is much more intricate than simply giving the steel a zinc bath.

Before being submerged, the steel must undergo a caustic cleaning. This involves soaking it in a hot alkali solution to remove any contaminants such as oil or grease built up during production. Then the pieces are subjected to pickling, a cycle in which the steel is immersed in an acid solution to remove surface scale and any existing rust. Finally, before getting dipped in zinc, the steel must be put through the fluxing process. The flux is a substance used to r
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Now that you know hot-dip galvanization is, I’m sure the next question on your mind is “How much does it cost?
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Although every structure will have a unique cost depending on the size, shape, and other project specs, you really want to be thinking about how long you want your building to last. Post production hot-dip galvanizing to the framework offers corrosion protection that is far superior to other construction types, minimizing maintenance costs and ensuring long term structural integrity. And that’s the key – long term savings. A case study showed that if the Golden Gate Bridge had been hot-dip galvanized, the potential savings would be around $319 million. That’s enough to build the entire bridge several times over!

So if you are in the market for a steel framed building, you have to decide; do you want a structure that is going to rust, or do you want it hot-dip galvanized?