The need for comfortable, safe and nurturing patient-care environments is a demand healthcare facility owners place on architects.
Suddenly design is not just about looks and layout – it’s also acoustics, hygiene, fire safety and sustainability. ROCKFON ceilings provide cost-effective solutions that help address the main challenges of healthcare spaces.
Healthcare design is moving away from the harsh, cold atmosphere of previous generations to focus on a warmer environment incorporating many different design elements and offering a more aesthetic appeal and hotel-like ambience.
In many countries, incidences of hospital-acquired infections are high and of prime concern to facility managers, hospital directors and healthcare providers. Building materials in healthcare facilities should not have a negative impact on the control of air cleanliness, which is essential in preventing the spread of infections. They must combine durable surfaces with good hygienic properties and be easy to clean and disinfect – all while maintaining their basic functional and aesthetic characteristics. ROCKFON ceiling tiles are made of water-repellent stone wool which provides no sustenance to microorganisms.
Unwanted sound can have an adverse effect on patients and staff. The right acoustic environment promotes speedy recuperation and patient rehabilitation. Highly sound-absorbent ROCKFON ceilings improve ward acoustics and also help reduce the distracting sounds of distant voices, machinery and busy corridor footstep/trolley traffic. ROCKFON sound insulating ceilings also contribute to higher confidentiality and privacy required in doctors’ offices and examination rooms.
In certain areas of a hospital, evacuation in the event of a fire is almost impossible. Intensive care units, operating theatres and neonatal departments are obvious examples. Fire safety is therefore a key issue when designing complex and high-traffic hospital buildings. The use of non-combustible Class A materials like ROCKFON stone wool ceilings will limit the spread of fire, reduce the risk of smoke and droplets and remain stable in the event of fire.
The healthcare sector is at the forefront in the development of sustainable buildings. To meet their economic, environmental and social objectives, decision makers need to select a supplier, such as ROCKFON, capable of providing durable, versatile ceilings made from a naturally renewable raw material.