Ensuring operational reliability and comfort at all times
When it comes to healthcare facilities, there is no margin for error. Equipment needs to be reliably in operation 24/7 and indoor environmental quality needs to be comfortable at all times. Armacell’s insulation solutions support healthcare facilities while offering energy efficiency, cost optimisation and sustainability.
Learn how to find the right healthcare insulation in our whitepaper
Healthcare facilities need to remain operational at all times. How do you find the best insulation for improving indoor environmental quality and increasing energy efficiency? Find out by reading our whitepaper.
Taking healthcare facilities Beyond Better
Watch the video below to discover how our technical insulation solutions go Beyond Better by offering energy efficiency, acoustic comfort, fire safety and sustainable construction for healthcare facilities.
Supporting comfortable and energy-efficient healthcare facilities
Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) has a direct impact on the well-being of patients and healthcare workers and includes indoor air quality as well as acoustic and thermal comfort. To enable a positive IEQ and operational reliability, a hospital’s energy use is more than twice as much as other general public buildings. This is due to high space heating, cooling and ventilation loads, continuous operation for the majority of its facilities, and the high quantity of medical equipment.
Therefore, healthcare facilities must consider everything from operational reliability and efficiency to acoustic design and sustainability. In addition, there is also increased need for facility designs to be flexible and be built quickly to accommodate ad-hoc changes during an emergency.
Armacell's sustainable solutions support patient comfort, safety and recovery.
Recycled, structural core material ArmaPET consumes 85% less energy during production, emits 37% less carbon dioxide and supports shorter construction leadtimes.
Effective sound damping and absorption solutions help reduce structural and air-borne noise transmission for a more comfortable environment.
Passive fire protection measures and high-performance insulation materials can limit the spread of fire and smoke development, increasing evacuation time during a fire.
State-of-the-art insulation of mechanical equipment is one of the most efficient and easiest ways to save energy in buildings.
Facilities need to quickly change original space design to accommodate new needs
Recent healthcare emergencies globally underscore the need for flexibility to manage ad-hoc challenges, such as emergency increases in demand for hospital beds and isolation rooms. Compared to conventional structural materials, Armacell's ArmaPET solution is light-weight and enables offsite fabrication and modular construction. Made from recycled plastic bottles, ArmaPET requires 85% less energy to manufacture and emits 37% less carbon dioxide. To enable flexibility in the midst of change, minimum IEQ standards are necessary for all spaces within healthcare facilities. That makes higher quality thermal and acoustic solutions, such as ArmaFlex and ArmaComfort, ideal as they be quickly installed especially within tight space constraints.
Unwanted noise is distracting and can disturb rest and recovery
Noise from physical vibration of materials and equipment and lead to structure-borne and air-borne noise. This airborne-to-structure-borne conversion can repeat multiple times until the sound source stops. Other sounds, such as reflected sound, can also occur, for example in technical ducts around pipes. Studies show that 20% of respondents were affected by noise from sanitary fitting, especially during the night. Armacell’s acoustic insulation products enable superior noise reduction performance with thinner thicknesses, enabling space savings for other parts of the building and system design.
A hospital uses more than twice as much energy as any other public building
The need to sustain around-the-clock operational reliability makes healthcare facilities complex, with pipes and air ducts that traverse throughout the entire building to supply fresh air, cold and warm water, and dispose waste-water. In addition to air conditioning hospital rooms, chilled water ensures the necessary conditions in operating theatres and pathology rooms. Cooling is also needed to operate numerous medical-technical systems, store temperature-sensitive medicines and power IT areas. That makes energy efficiency and prevention of energy loss essential to daily operations. Armacell's thermal insulation solutions are fibre-free with extremely low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and support LEED certification goals.
Seamless integrated healthcare in Singapore with Armacell solutions
The Sengkang integrated healthcare development used Armacell solutions to achieve operational robustness and achieved 30% energy savings.
Built-in antimicrobial product protection
For an added peace of mind, Armacell is the only manufacturer of flexible technical insulation materials to provide its premium products with built-in Microban antimicrobial protection. Microban antimicrobial chemistries work continuously within the molecular structure of premium ArmaFlex products, creating an inhospitable environment for microbes to grow and multiply. Product protection begins to work as soon as a microorganism comes into contact with a product surface and the Microban antimicrobial protection penetrates the cell wall of the microorganism, disrupting the cell and making the microorganism unable to grow and reproduce. The antimicrobial protection then works continuously to maintain a consistently lower bio-burden than would be expected on a product without Microban protection.