idec has been contracted to design and supply two (2) buildings that will form part of camp accommodation structures for employees on a significant gold mining operation in West Africa. Local temperatures reaching as high as 45 degrees have factored heavily into how idec approached the design work. Given this extreme heat, all buildings and connecting walkways must be air-conditioned for employee comfort.
With this in mind, idec has chosen to dramatically reduce the level of reliance on air-conditioning and therefore the level of associated greenhouse gas emissions by incorporating 100mm thick insulated roof and wall panels into the building design. Though up-front building costs are a little more, the reduced future energy costs over the building’s lifecycle will be a substantial saving to the client and it will produce a greener and more sustainable building.