Every aged care facility seeks to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of its residents.
Good health begins with good ventilation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is moderate evidence available to suggest that insufficient ventilation is associated with an increase of infection risk. The WHO further recommends that healthcare facilities install adequate ventilation in all patient care areas to help prevent airborne infections.
Adequate ventilation can be achieved in aged care facilities with louvre windows. In an appropriately designed building, louvre windows maximise the breeze when open, enabling cross ventilation and allowing twice as much air to circulate compared to traditional window designs. Louvres can be automated or adjusted manually, allowing individual control over the level of ventilation and temperature.
Odour control is an additional benefit of louvre windows with the natural ventilation and continuously circulating fresh air minimising odours within the facility.
Secure louvres also eliminate window security concerns in aged care facilities, keeping the residents safe and in good health.
Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows can provide the safety and security needed for aged care facilities thanks to a unique impenetrable security system.
There is no risk of fall through Safetyline Jalousie louvres since the louvre opening width makes it impossible for even a small child to fall through. The louvres can therefore be left open even when used high above ground level.
Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows additionally comply with the recent changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) without any modification or additional hardware. The changes apply to all windows two metres or more above the ground.
Cross ventilation decreases energy consumption by reducing the reliance on cooling and heating systems. Open or closed, Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows enhance energy efficiency in an aged care facility. When open, louvre windows maximise cooling breezes, allowing for cross ventilation of the facility. When the louvres are closed, Safetyline Jalousie’s weather-proof seals provide maximum protection from the elements, while sealing in cool air if air conditioning is being used or warm air from heating in winter. Glass louvres can also be installed using tinted or low-e glass to reduce solar heat in hot climates.
Louvre windows contribute to certification
The Department of Health & Ageing uses a certification and accreditation assessment instrument to determine whether residential aged care facilities are eligible for building certification. By installing Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows, meeting the criteria is one step closer.
The criteria include fire safety (25 points), hazard minimisation (12 points), privacy and space (26 points), OH&S and access mobility (13 points), natural light and ventilation (6 points), and security (12 points).
Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows are fire-safe and can be connected to building management systems and automatically shut in the case of a fire. Hazards are also minimised with the louvres pivoting from the top, leaving no protruding elements or sharp edges on the inside of the building. Complete privacy is achievable when Safetyline Jalousie louvres are fitted with frosted glass or aluminium louvres.
Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows meet occupational health and safety requirements by providing improved ventilation and decreased infection risk. The louvre windows seal completely to ensure the effectiveness of mechanical heating and cooling. Louvre windows also provide natural light and ventilation.
Safetyline Jalousie louvres’ impenetrable system ensures security for residents.