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CodeMark Certified 1-Degree Falls for Te Manawa – Westgate Library and Multi-Purpose Facility

Nuralite’s Nuratherm Warm Roof System is the perfect solution to achieve 1-degree roof falls, while delivering high performing insulation. Specifically designed for low pitch roofs, this CodeMark certified Warm Roof System complies with the new H1 standards, and has been specified on a multitude of projects with an extensive in-service history of use throughout New Zealand.

Te Manawa – Westgate Library and Multi-Purpose Facility by Warren and Mahoney Architects was a great example of how Nuralite's low-pitched roofing system can enable designers to maximise internal stud height and interior space, while minimising the overall building height.

Situated in Westgate, Te Manawa was created to be the community hub and heart of this new commercial destination. Heralded as a space for visitors to explore, learn and play, the brief was to create an innovative functional living space that could be multi-purpose, rather than a more traditional library.

With three levels and a double height atrium, the architects wanted Te Manawa to capture natural light and see the project become a benchmark in terms of its design features and use.

Aiming to implement as many sustainable techniques as possible, the building combined passive low energy design elements, such as external shading devices and overhangs to naturally shade building facades. Alongside a Nuratherm Tapered Warm Roof using 70mm PIR, there was a Nuraply 3PG green roof and PV solar panel array that served as a shaded reading terrace.

The Nuratherm Tapered Warm Roof provides continuous insulation ‘outside the structure’ and allows maximum thermal performance with minimal increases to roof height and additional weights — often found in bulky and slow curing, cementitious screeds.

With the assistance of Nuralite's in-house drawing program software, the team were able to set out the tapered insulation to provide the correct falls to the outlets in the most economical set out pattern whilst maintaining the designer’s insulation performance requirements.

The project also had Nuralite's Nuraply 3PT/3PTM Tanking system, which assisted with the building sitting in a two metre water table.

Te Manawa has been awarded a 5 Green Star – Green Star Custom Design Certified Rating, representing New Zealand excellence. 

Architect: Warren and Mahoney

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