Architects and designers with current hospital or healthcare facility projects can aim to create energy efficient designs that can perform over the long-term. When it comes to determining the insulation specifications for hospitals or healthcare facilities, several aspects should be considered.
Air leakage – it is estimated that air lost daily through air leakage in a house can equate to two blimps. Imagine how much air could potentially be lost in a hospital due to air leakage on a daily basis. Spray foam insulation gives both R-Value* and air sealing – two critical components that can help create a comfortable environment for medical staff and patients.
Air Sealing – Icynene’s open-cell spray foam insulation expands 100 times its size upon application filling in every crack and gap within a commercial building envelope to deliver optimal performance. The best insulation for hospitals is often one that can help seal the building envelope to manage air leakage and optimize thermal comfort. Traditional insulation types are not necessarily created to easily fit into the unique or complex designs of a commercial building thereby leaving gaps for air leakage to occur.
Avoid Pests – Many energy efficient spray foam insulations are not considered a food source for rodents, termites or other pests. Traditional insulation types such as fibreglass or cellulose can often be easily torn apart by these pests to create nests. Members of the public, hospital management and their patients do not want to find these , it is critical that pests are not found within these facilities. For hospitals, it is critical that the insulation specifications indicate the product is not considered a food source.
Establishing what the best insulation for hospitals is can be determined by many factors including those mentioned above. Carefully considering the insulation specifications for hospitals and healthcare facilities empowers architects and designers to make informed and educated decisions about creating an energy efficient design
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* R means resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Compare insulation R-values before you buy. There are other factors to consider. The amount of insulation you need depends mainly on the climate you live in. Also, your fuel savings from insulation will depend upon the climate, the type and size of your house, the amount of insulation already in your house, and your fuel use patterns and family size. If you buy too much insulation, it will cost you more than what you'll save on fuel. To get the marked R-value, it is essential that this insulation be installed properly.