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HygieneBalance between hygiene and acoustics

We at Knauf AMF know that healthcare facilities place especially high demands for hygiene requirements on rooms and therefore also on the ceilings. Another aspect that is often given less consideration, but is at least as equally important, is the acoustic climate.

In patient areas, comfortable room acoustics increase the feeling of well-being and aid the healing process. A sound-optimised workspace is also important for those working in hospitals, care homes or laboratories, as too much noise disturbs concentration and can even lead to clinical signs of illness.

Thereby, different areas and activities in healthcare facilities demand very different acoustic requirements. These depend mainly on the type of use: A corridor has different acoustic requirements to a patients’ room. The colour scheme of different areas of a clinic also plays a role, as a comfortable colour scheme adds noticeably to the feeling of well-being.

All of this requires individual solutions. That is why we have developed various ceiling designs and systems. These not only fulfil the stringent hygiene requirements of the healthcare sector but also our high demands for fire protection and acoustic requirements. At the same time, the range offers a significant design element for every room.

Cleanrooms in healthcare areas

Cleanrooms are essential for medical research and the handling and sterile production of pharmaceuticals. They enable different parameters, such as particle number, germ number, temperature, humidity, and pressure to be exactly monitored and controlled. This ensures that the existing air and intake air has a high purity and fulfils all cleanliness criteria. This helps to protect patients and ensures the quality of medical products.

Air purity classification

The air purity classification according to DIN EN ISO 14644 is the most well-known standard in the area of cleanroom technology. It states the maximum number of particles in the ambient air and divides the cleanrooms into classes from ISO 1 to ISO 9, with class 1 being the highest specification for air purity.

Cleaning of ceiling systems

Knauf AMF surfaces Type of cleaning Cleaning cycle
Dry Damp Wet Pressure
THERMATEX® plain e.g. Plain Laguna daily
THERMATEX® perforated e.g. Fine Stratos micro, Star daily
THERMATEX® drilled e.g. Mercure, Fresko daily
THERMATEX® Symetra daily
Fleece coated e.g. THERMATEX® Alpha, Thermofon daily
Metal / Combined Metal perforated daily
Metal / Combined Metal plain daily; wet cleaning 1x weekly
THERMATEX® Thermaclean S daily; wet cleaning 1x weekly
THERMATEX® Aquatec daily; wet cleaning 1x weekly
In health care and care facilities, clinical cleaning is essential to keep the risk of infection as low as possible. Therefore, all surfaces should be easy to clean.

The more air permeable a material is, the more dirt deposits will accumulate on
the material. Due to low air permeability according to DIN 18177, Knauf AMF provides a reduced (dust) filter effect and therefore minimises the risk of contamination.

Humidity resistance

For a long service life

In healthcare facilities, many people and processes come together which can quickly lead to an increase in humidity. The regular cleaning of surfaces also adds to this. In order to withstand cleaning and increased humidity in the long-term, surfaces in healthcare facilities must be especially humidity resistant.

Humidity has a significant influence on the stability and structure of a mineral ceiling and therefore its longevity. High levels of water vapour content can lead in many cases to a loss of dimensional stability and deformation. Air behaves similarly to a sponge and can, dependent on the temperature take in water in the form of vapour.

Hygiene products by Knauf AMF

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