“ARCHITECT” – A cool word used for everything from a clever IT-guy who’s apparently pivotal to some kind of software solution, to the inventor of something cool and sometimes not so cool. Yet, those who are actually practicing what we originally knew as architecture are increasingly under pressure to keep up the “Greek god-ish” facade of an architect such as Howard Roark, for those who have read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
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.