Youth camp gets well-insulated hall

by Tania Wannenburg
Youth camp gets well

The new hall at the Em’seni Camp and Conference Centre was insulated with Lambdaboard® from Rigifoam to create a comfortable meeting place across seasons.

To ensure that the new building at the Em’seni Camp and Conference Centre was properly insulated from the get-go, Rigifoam’s Lambdaboard® was specified to insulate the roof of the new hall that was added to the conference centre.

The Em’seni is situated on the banks of the Tugela River, at the base of the Spioenkop Mountain in a valley between Winterton and Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal. The project involved close to 400m² of roof area, including a veranda on the one side of the building.

Solving heat issues
“We have a serious heat problem in this area and our older hall is unbearable in summer during the day. We needed a quality product that would provide sufficient insulation from the Chromadek iron roof,” explains Kevin Robertson, director of the Em’seni.

Lambdaboard® has a stable service temperature range from -30°C to 140°C and doesn’t soften at 60°C, having the highest stable R-value per 25mm of thickness available in the current market. It is moisture-resistant and water-repellent, as well as resistant to solvents used in construction adhesives.

Made from thermo-set material that doesn’t soften or melt, it performs superior in fire tests. It has excellent dimensional stability and a high compressive strength. In addition, the board is environmentally friendly since it contains no ozone-depleting substances, is HCFC-free and is recyclable.

The Em’seni Camp and Conference Centre
“The new building, as all our other existing buildings on the property, was generously donated by people who support our mission as a Christian camp and conference centre,” says Robertson.

The centre is the home base for Scripture Union Independent Schools (SUIS) based teenage camping as well as leadership development and prefect training, school field trips, spiritual retreats, Spioenkop battlefield historical groups, specialised courses and the Berg and Bush cycle race. It is used by the wider community and also offers education and social upliftment programmes to disadvantaged groups.

A smart finish

The new hall will provide the necessary additional space where visiting groups can get together in both summer and winter months.

According to Robertson, the installation and construction went smoothly and they are very pleased with the end-result. Apart from ensuring thermal comfort inside the new hall, the Lambdaboard® insulation boards also make for a neat installation that is aesthetically pleasing.

“The board finish is good and makes the whole structure look smart,” he states.

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

Project team:
–    Architect: Philip Thornhill of TC Design
–    Builder: Graeme Brooke-Leggatt
–    Roofing contractor: Span Africa

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