A luxurious haven of sustainability at the heart of the Flemish countryside

A project by Center Parcs in the North of Belgium, the Terhills Resort has recently opened its doors to the public. Located near the borders of the Netherlands and Germany, the holiday park was a large undertaking for all parties involved. Not only are the 250 cottages all unique in size and features, the Terhills Resort was also built with sustainable initiatives at the forefront.

BUILDING ID
Location

Dilsen-Stokkem, Belgium

Project completion

2020

Designed by

Zeelenberg Architectuur

Project type

new build

Building type

hotel

Roof surface

ca. 25,000 m²

Roofing membrane

Firestone RubberGard EPDM 1.1 mm 

Located right next to the Hoge Kempen National Park , the Terhills Resort offers a perfect way to wind down far away from the hustle of city life. The luxury retreat, containing a whopping 250 cottages and several central halls, was fully designed by Dutch agency Zeelenberg Architecture and landscape architect Jean Henkens. A former mining and gravel quarrying site, the resort is built around a stunning natural lake pastured between the trees.

The 250 spacious and modern cottages are all unique in shape and size, each tilted in a slightly different direction to provide privacy for its guests. The buildings are made up of circular, renewable materials throughout, without compromising on comfort or luxury. Most of the cottages are located near the waterside, some of them furnished with lavish features such as outdoor kitchens and even saunas.
 

Designed with the philosophy of the 3 P’s (People, Planet, Prosperity) in mind, no efforts were spared to make the Terhills Resort a haven of sustainability. Along with the carefully selected building materials, the central buildings’ roofs are covered with sedum vegetation. Multiple new waterways were built leading into the lake, improving the water quality and boosting local biodiversity. Designed with an all-electric plan and a battery park, the resort will partially generate its own renewable energy. Additionally, the whole resort will be accessible by an electric shuttle bus, omitting the need for residents to take their own cars. The resort will also provide many employment opportunities for the surrounding municipalities, increasing prosperity in the region throughout.

Sustainable roofing solution

Naturally, the choice of roofing system had to comply with the overall sustainability goals of the project. Zeelenberg Architectuur prescribed the use of EPDM membranes for their superior durability of over 50 years. A vapor barrier membrane was installed over the wooden roof deck of the cottages, followed by PIR insulation boards. A total of 25,000 m² of 1.1 mm thick RubberGard EPDM membranes were fully adhered on top.

One of the main challenges was that the cottages were all slightly different, not only in terms of dimensions, but also featuring different roof details. Firestone Building Products’ roofing experts carried out a Bill of Quantities Calculation (BOQ) for the roof of every single cottage.

In order to further reduce installation time, the membranes were cut to measure offsite. In addition, thanks to the availability of RubberGard EPDM in large panels, the number of seams was greatly reduced, with most roofs installed with one single panel without any seams at all. The ease that the RubberGard EPDM system offers when sealing roof details such as ventilation pipes was also an important asset during installation.

 

THE ROOF ASSEMBLY
01

RubberGard EPDM 1.1 mm FAS

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PIR insulation, 2 layers of 100 mm

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Bituminous vapor control layer

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Wood

There is a lot to discover about EPDM

EPDM is the most future-proof roofing solution when it comes to sustainability, performance and design freedom. Learn more about the role it played within this project and many others by discovering its benefits.

How did EPDM elevate this project?

LONGEVITY

EPDM roofing membranes last for at least 50 years and their structure and elasticity remain unchanged. They can be easily repaired, which allows them to last even longer. No doubt: EPDM is the most durable roofing material available.

Unusual Forms

Freedom of design is key to those creating big things. Thanks to its flexibility and availability in big, single-ply sheets, EPDM supports creative solutions. It also enables future transformations and placing new objects on the roof.

REDUCE – REUSE– RECYCLE… HOW DOES EPDM SCORE?

Waste is a very important topic in discussions on fighting climate change. Reducing, reusing and recycling are the imperatives valid that apply to everyone, and on whatever scale. Still, there are domains that should pay special attention to the materials use. Construction is certainly one of those domains, with construction and demolition waste (CDW) accounting for approximately 25% - 30% of all waste generated in the EU. EPDM can help significantly reduce the environmental impact of buildings. Here’s why.