Construction of the new 45 000m2 printing factory for Hirt & Carter, located in the Cornubia Industrial & Business Estate, kicked off early in 2017, following a fast-paced programme in response to the tenant’s lease period requirements and sensitive dates to facilitate on-time production. The Cornubia precinct, developed with sustainable principles, is designed to provide for KwaZulu-Natal’s largest mixed-use, mixed-income and fully-integrated human settlement, and has emerged as a highly sought after residential and business location, with rapid uptake of commercial and industrial sites.
When SANS 204 was introduced, insulation went from being a nice-to-have to a must-have. But many saw this as a getrich-quick opportunity and the new “gold rush” was on. So-called specialists came out of the wood works with biased claims, multiple products were offered as solutions and more selling was done on what other products can’t do. As more tenants were seeing the financial rewards of reduced energy costs, the drive to insulate gained momentum, but so did the misleading representation of products.
The new 85 000m² Cornubia Mall near Mount Edgecombe in KwaZulu-Natal was designed with interconnected, landscaped walkways, park-like spaces and transparent, double-level display windows to create an open-air shopping experience. Due to the high humidity and hot climate of the area, the choice of insulation was critical and with leading retail tenants such as Pick n Pay, Virgin Active and Shoprite cognisant of the benefits of excellent insulation, Rigifoam’s LAMBDABOARD® was specified.
To facilitate a comfortable interior for gym members in the brand new Planet Fitness Megaclub in The Club precinct in Hazelwood, Pretoria, architect Tony Hofman specified a rigid insulation board that could double up as ceiling face. “Rigifoam’s 80mm LAMBDABOARD® was selected for its good insulation properties and the fact that the rigid board can be installed to serve as a ceiling,” Hofman says. Planet Fitness is situated in Die Klubhuis, also the new home of property developer, Atterbury, and features a running track along the perimeter of the entire building.
D&D Roof Insulations, a well-known company specialising in roof insulation materials and thermal efficiency, burst onto the scene in 1999, originally as a distributor of Alucushion and Bubble foil products, as well as other foil laminate products. “We primarily specialise in the supply of roof insulation materials,” explains Bryn Doherty, managing director of D&D Roof Insulations. “So, large-format steel roof structures with steel cladding, roof sheeting, side cladding, and so on – that’s our primary market and where we have been since inception.”
Not only did a rational design approach dictate a significant saving on the amount of insulation required for East Point, but in doing so, it enabled the developer and owner, SA Corporate Real Estate Fund, to direct capital expenditure to other areas where it made a bigger difference in getting the best energy return for the whole building.