With substantial funds allocated to upgrade healthcare infrastructure, lightweight building solutions are increasingly utilised on healthcare projects because of their flexibility, environmental benefits and cost effectiveness.
Boral Plasterboard offers a range of lightweight building solutions that satisfy various design parameters for hospitals and other healthcare buildings.
Boral Plasterboard's lightweight building solutions include products and systems that provide:
- Acoustic isolation and sound absorption
- Fire protection
- Impact resistance
- Infection control; and
- Radiation protection
For areas at risk of impact damage products like Boral Impactstop and USG Powerscape Fiberock offer protection from soft body impact or hard body and glancing impact that may arise from trolleys, mobile medical equipment or general traffic.
Boral offers a wide range of lightweight fire rated building solutions that comply with Building Code of Australia (BCA) requirements for fire protection of hospitals. These plasterboard based solutions include fire rated walls and ceilings, column and beam protection systems, fire rated escape exits and services enclosures.
Acoustic considerations play an important role in creating quiet hospital environments conducive to patient recovery and privacy. ENVIRO Soundstop and Boral EchoStop satisfy these requirements in controlling acoustic isolation and sound absorption. The use of ENVIRO Soundstop may also contribute points towards the hospital’s Green Star Rating.
Boral lead lined plasterboard is commonly used in radiation imaging and radiation therapy areas to provide effective protection against unwanted radiation exposure.
Infection control in hospital environments has become even more crucial due to proliferation of new strains of drug resistant bacteria. Boral plasterboard lining solutions offer seamless surface finishes, which is critical in effective infection control. Boral also distributes the Bioguard range of Armstrong mineral fibre ceiling tiles, which are designed to actively combat harmful fungi, mould, yeasts and bacteria.