Insulation designed for Healthcare Facilities

by Ofentse Sefolo
Insulation designed for Healthcare Facilities

As Covid-19 hit our shores, many people in the industry did not have much time to reflect on new or amended regulations, as adjusting to the new normal took centre stage.

However, those in the healthcare, architectural design and engineering sectors faced increasing challenges as South Africa scrambled to construct emergency and additional healthcare facilities to deal with the Covid-19 fallout.

These buildings and in fact, all healthcare facilities and buildings or facilities where people are confined must adhere to the use of non-combustible materials, complying to SANS 428 Fire performance classification of thermal insulated building envelope systems with a fire rating of A/A1/1, according to the South African Federation of Hospital Engineering (SAFHE) and the National Building Regulations (NBR) as well as the application of the NBR SANS 10400-T Fire Protection. Healthcare design professionals also look for non-carcinogenic based products for their design and final installations to ensure patient’s health are kept a prime focus. Products rated as combustible, i.e. B/B1/2/H&V or worse, are not allowed for these applications as per the NBR.

Good news for those operating in the healthcare sector is that a revolutionary new product, with a SANS 428 fire rating of A/A1/1 has been introduced by Africa Thermal Insulations (ATI) for use in bulk insulation applications where non-combustibility is a must.

Alucool® manufactured with foil facing or white foil facing with great benefits as shown below:

Environmentally responsible
“Alucool® has been manufactured in line with our focus on creating products that contribute to energy savings, health and safety, improves indoor air quality, and aligns with the ISOQAR-certification building programs. We are proud to say that because this product is non-carcinogenic it does not require masks or gloves during installation.”

Recent projects using Alucool® include many Covid-19 healthcare facilities, as well as the 14 000m² Baragwanath Hospital extension, with the most recent installation at aQuellé Natural Spring Water’s bottling plant, where more than 24 000m² of the white metalized foil faced Alucool® was installed.

“Although originally designed for the healthcare market, Alucool’s non-carcinogenic benefits are equally important in the food manufacturing and beverage sectors,” concludes Bennie Lombard, ATI’s Branch Manager in KwaZulu-Natal.

For more information on this product’s benefits visit www.alububble.co.za or call Bennie Lombard (KZN) on 0827719748 or Nolene van den Heever (All areas) 0835437212.

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