The unique requirements of hospitals and healthcare design require special consideration in regards to design and the products specified. In respect to the internal walls and ceilings of these structures, provisions for fire resistance, impact resistance, moisture control and acoustic control should be made. The BCA classifies hospitals as Class 9a building, and contains Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions applicable for this type of construction.

In addition to these performance factors, the minimisation of downtime in the installation and ongoing maintenance of these products is also crucial. Specifying a solution that meets all of these requirements is a necessity not only for the day-to-day operation of the facility, but also for maintaining the reputation of the Architect, specifier or installer involved.

Here we look at key considerations that should be made in the design and specification of products for modern Australian hospitals and healthcare facilities.

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