Sustainable event tents - all the info you need

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Sustainability is an omnipresent topic of increasing importance in many areas – including modern event tents. Event tents are used for concerts, company events, weddings and many other occasions. Sustainability and functionality do not have to contradict each other.

In this article, you can find out what you need to consider when renting an event tent and especially when choosing a sustainable event location.

Event tent definition

What is an event tent? As the name suggests, it is a tent that is large enough to accommodate a wide variety of events as well as any number of guests, event technology, and everything else that goes with it. 

It serves as an event location that can be used flexibly and functionally, scores points with its appealing design and, last but not least, should be sustainable.

Purchase or rent an event tent?

The decision of whether you should purchase or rent an event tent depends on what kind of event you are planning. The rental option is certainly best suited for one-off events. If you are planning on hosting regular events, it may be worth buying an event tent. 

You have the choice between mobile and fixed event tents or fixed canopies for festival sites. If renting, you won't have to worry about storage or maintenance.

Event tents - an overview

Every event is different. A tent for events is also known as an "event tent", which is an umbrella term used to describe a wide variety of tents: Party tents, folding tents, garden tents, gazebos... Those terms are mostly used to describe tents for private use.

Event tents that are used commercially or for large-scale events are more multifunctional: They can, for example, cover an entire stage during a concert. They can host weddings, anniversaries, sporting events and more. Such tents are suitable for banquets but can also be used to host bars or dance floors. In addition, event tents or event pavilions can be used to host corporate events that require generous space for networking.

Advertising tents are something we know from inner city areas. Tent systems are suitable for events with extensive space requirements; they offer enough space for company booths, catering, event services, streams of visitor and more at trade fairs, for example. Temporary roofing, for example used as an awning, is another type of event tent.

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Event tents are as diverse in their area of use as they are in their looks. However, they all have one thing in common: Depending on where they are placed, they serve to protect an outdoor event from wind, weather and sun while ideally also looking good. Regional materials and a thoughtful use of resources as well as durability can ensure sustainability.

If you are doing some market research when looking for an event tent, you will quickly notice that you may have to compromise: Many standard event tents such as the pagoda tent, also known as the pagoda, are simply constructed from iron rods that are covered with plastic tarpaulins – materials that are not exactly known for their sustainability. If rain splashes on simple plastic tarpaulins, it will quickly get quite noisy in the tent's interior. Last but not least, such tents can rarely be classified as a visual highlight.

An inflatable event tent can be set up in a very short time and has a very small pack size. Also, it can often be delivered in a very short period of time. However, such tents are often unable to withstand strong gusts of wind.

A well-designed event that stands out and leaves a lasting impression, however, it deserves a suitable location while our nature and environment deserve that we handle them with consideration and make sustainable decisions.

What are the costs of an event tent?

For event tents , it is difficult to give a general price estimation, as the price depends on a number of factors. On the one hand, it depends on which materials were used and how they were processed, while the accessories required are another factor affecting the final price.

Shipping, assembly and maintenance can have different costs too, and the same is true for purchase and rental options.

What defines a good event tent?

An event tent offers a protected location for an event. However, this is by no means the only task that such a tent has to fulfil.

The event tent is intended to protect against the weather. Therefore, it should be waterproof and the side panels windproof. Its resilience is also an important safety aspect. The tent should be UV-resistant so it can offer sun protection.

In order for the event tent to remain sustainable despite all the external influences it is exposed to, a long service life is crucial. Weather resistance and UV resistance are vital. High-quality materials can meet these requirements. If these are regionally sourced, it benefits the tent's CO2 footprint. With a well-designed architecture, an event tent will not only be stable and safe, but also require less material. Appropriate seals are environmentally friendly and further extend an event tent's durability.

The event tent's appearance is another important factor. A tent that is not only functional but also a real stunner in terms of looks makes for a sophisticated flair and a very special ambience.

All these factors – functionality, sustainability, design – define a really good event tent.

Sustainability in the event sector

Nature has always held a special appeal for us. It is the perfect place for us to relax and enjoy. This is something that hasn't gone unnoticed by the event industry. Venues in the countryside, near bodies of water and other places close to nature are popular event locations.

This is precisely why it is so important for the event sector be consider sustainability factors in all their decisions. After all, nature is to be preserved. The event industry can make a major contribution by organising events under the aspect of sustainability. The extent of this is becoming increasingly clear and more and more providers and organisers are considering sustainability aspects in their daily business.


Ecological architecture in the event industry

Ecological architecture, also known as ecological building or green building, is becoming more and more important. This is because many small and large adjusting screws work together, so to speak, and they have a major impact on our environment and can be turned in favour of sustainability. From the choice of materials to their quality and material consumption to design, sustainable decisions can be made at almost every step.

More and more construction projects are taking up aspects of ecological architecture. This also applies to the architecture of event tents, where pioneers show which path the industry can take.

Environmentally friendly materials – stable and durable

One of the most important aspects is the choice of material. Materials are sustainable if they are renewable and grown responsibly. In order to shorten the delivery routes, they should ideally be available regionally. If the materials come with an appropriate quality and are treated in an environmentally friendly way, a long service life ensures additional sustainability.

The ideal materials for building sustainable event tents include local woods such as beech or spruce. These woods can be treated with natural oils and are therefore ideal for use in a wooden gazebo. Fabrics coated with PVC combine durability and naturalness in an optimal way.

Design adapted to nature

If we take a look at the history of architecture, we will find that many iconic designs have one thing in common: They are inspired by nature, following the overarching motto of "Form follows nature".

On the one hand, this makes for visually appealing designs. Modernity and nature often combine to provide spectacular designs, designs that blends into their natural environment while still drawing our attention.

However, nature not only shows us how to build in a visually appealing but also in a sustainable way. We can learn from nature how to efficiently construct structures that are not only resistant and functional but also require the least amount of materials possible.

STHROHBOID⁠sustainable event tent

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STROHBOID takes both the lessons learned from nature and aspects of ecological architecture and integrates them to the highest degree possible into sustainable event tents for the outdoors.

Sustainable, regional materials and environmentally friendly workmanship are combined with resource-saving, characteristic design and a long service life, without neglecting functionality: STROHBOID's year-round gazebos withstand wind and weather – and even snow. They are available with or without a floor, with different floor spaces and, depending on the model, even as heatable options. Thanks to individual customer service, you can be sure to find the right model for each event.

STROHBOID provides event tents that serve as a venue for events of any kind in the midst of nature. The special charm of these tents produced in Austria is ideal for individual events with a personal touch.

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Fritz Walter

DIPL.-ING. Fritz Walter

Gründer, CTO