Healthcare: No margin for error
Operational reliability and comfort at all times
A comfortable and energy-efficient healthcare facility designed for sustainability supports patient comfort, safety and recovery.
Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is an important consideration in healthcare facilities as it has a direct impact on the well-being of patients and healthcare workers. IEQ 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.
Healthcare facilities must consider its operational reliability and efficiency, acoustic design, as well as sustainability. 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 solutions sustainably support patient comfort, safety and recovery.
Recycled, structural core material ArmaPET uses 85% less energy to manufacture, emits 37% less carbon dioxide and supports shorter construction leadtimes.
Effective sound damping and absorption solutions help to reduce structural and air-borne noise transmission for a more comfortable environment.
Passive fire protection measure and high-performance insulation materials can limit the spread of fire and smoke development to help gain precious time required for evacuation 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.
Increase demand for facilities to quickly change its original space design to accommodate new needs.
Recent healthcare emergencies globally underscore the need for flexibility to manage ad-hoc challenges, such as emergency increase in demand for hospital beds and isolation rooms. As compared to conventional structural materials, Armacell's ArmaPET solutions, is a lightweight 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 would be necessary for all spaces within healthcare facilities. Higher quality thermal and acoustic solutions that can be quickly installed especially within tight space constraints, like ArmaFlex and ArmaComfort are ideal.
Unwanted noise is distracting and can disturb a person's rest and recovery.
Noise result 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 sound, such as reflected sound can also occur - such as in technical ducts around pipes.
Studies showed that 20% of respondents were affected by noise from sanitary fittings 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 than any other public building to sustain around-the-clock operational reliability.
This is because healthcare facilities are 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. Plus, cooling is needed for the operation of numerous medical-technical systems, the storage of temperature-sensitive medicines and IT areas. Energy efficiency and prevention of energy loss are essential in daily operations.
Armacell's thermal insulation solutions are fibre-free with extremely low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and support LEED certification goals.
Our high-quality insulation and structural materials increase patient comfort, support minimum facility standard requirements and building sustainability.
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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.