Clever insulation used in eco-friendly ice rink

by Darren
Clever insulation used

Ever wondered what lies beneath the surface of an ice rink?


Aiding in creating the very first eco-friendly ice rink in Africa, Lambdaboard insulation was used to construct the base of the ice rink at The Grove Mall Ice Rink in Pretoria. It was supplied by Rigifoam and installed under the ice of the ice rink.

The product wasn’t originally specified for the project, but due to its high compressive strength and thermal performance, Lambdaboard was the best option to get optimum insulation. It is a closed-cell Thermoset product, which means that it does not absorb water and has unmatched dimensional stability.

“I don’t know whose decision it was to use Lambdaboard on this project, but I’m glad they did,” says Hans Venter, site supervisor of WF Kroon Construction, who handled the installation.

“It was a great product to work with. The thermal, structural strength and moisture-resistant qualities work perfectly in this ice rink application. The sales representative was regularly on site and offered excellent customer service with a smile. I will definitely use Lambdaboard again in the future,” he states.

Lambdaboard is a flexible faced polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation board made on a continuous laminator. The core material, a thermosetting closed-cell foam plastic, uses a hydrocarbon-based blowing agent which has zero ozone depletion potential and complies with the Kyoto Protocol regarding global warming potential. This material makes hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and chlorofluorocarbon (HFC) free insulation possible.

The Lambdaboard insulation is typically installed over purlin, under screed, in ducting cavity walls, curtain walls and ceilings, under soffit or as vertical cladding.

Tel: 011 421 0313
Website: www.rigifoam.com

Key properties of the ice rink base insulation:
• Environmentally-friendly and recyclable.
• Highest stable R-value per 25mm of thickness.
• Moisture-resistant and water-repellent.
• Resistant to solvents used in construction adhesives.
• Service temperature ranges from -30°C to 140°C.
• High compressive strength.

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