Hospitals are one of the most complex types of buildings. Each hospital comprises a wide range of services and functional units.
Flexibility and expandability are also important since medical needs and modes of treatment will continue to evolve.
Hospitals must be easy to clean and maintain and this is facilitated by appropriate, durable materials and finishes.
- Thermal features:
Hospitals are large public buildings that have a significant impact on the environment and economy of the surrounding community. They are heavy users of energy.
Because hospitals place such high demands on community resources they are natural candidates for sustainable design and high thermal-efficient solutions to avoid excessive heat build-up in summer and heat escape in winter.
Every effort should be made to make the hospital remain as unthreatening, comfortable, and stress-free as possible. We can propose several systems for hospitals with very good thermal and noise insulation so that a quiet room is available at any time.
Emergency exits should be appropriately designed to provide essential evacuation and this should be the design objective. It is to be noted that the majority of patients are unable to move without help. Thus high performance lifts are essential for their evacuation. At the same time, the right materials should be selected in order to reduce smoke generation and enable the proper use of fire exits.
Have you worked all your life long?
Where would you like to live once you have retired?
Arval thinks that indoor comfort is essential to our lives and this is even truer when we retire. Therefore, we have put different systems on the market to improve thermal and acoustic comfort.
- Thermal features:
Improving thermal insulation provides the ability to keep the indoor temperature at the right level at a low cost.
This is an important issue because we want to spend our time in a comfortable place with as little noise as possible coming from outside and no sound reverberating.
Elderly people require special care. It is crucial to use materials with no risk of toxic gases when on fire. It is also important to provide wall and floor elements with good fire resistance in order to restrict the spread of fire. Delaying fire spread is so important because these people need time to evacuate. Arval can help you use the right system in any part of the building. We have developed floors and walls with a fire resistance that is suited to any kind of building.
Arval gives you the answer to all your requirements.
Education serves several purposes in societies, the most important of which being its role as a means for social development and democratic empowerment.
Schools need a healthy and invigorating indoor environment where every child has the best opportunity to learn - and the teacher the best opportunity to impart knowledge and interact with the pupils.
What affects the operational efficiency and comfort of a school?
- Visual comfort:
You can choose if you wish to allow light to enter via the roof or via the façade and we can offer you the right system for optimum results
- Acoustics and degree of noise annoyance:
Research has confirmed that noise in the class room, even when it is significantly below harmful levels, can be detrimental to mental and physical health. Students who are subjected to noise show increased incidence of nervous complaints, nausea, headaches and other problems, such as mood changes and potentially increased incidence of conflict.
These factors are particularly relevant in schools since schools present a more concentrated set of acoustic problems.
Good acoustics for learning support easy verbal communication, which requires low noise levels and very little reverberation. Sources of noise hampering students' concentration include:
- outside the school (vehicular traffic and aircraft
- flyover)the hallways (foot traffic and conversation)
- other classrooms (amplified sound systems and inadequate partition sound transmission loss)
- inside the classroom itself (reverberation).
- Thermal comfort:
Thermal comfort means that teachers, students and administrators should neither be hot or cold as they teach and learn. The aim is to create a working environment in which the air is fresh and maintained at acomfortable temperature for the purpose.
A high performance school is also energy efficient. Energy efficient schools save money while conserving non-renewable energy resources and reducing atmospheric emissions.
Children are our future. Therefore, we need to protect them. Accordingly, it is crucial for us to use materials which do not release any toxic gases when on fire. It is also important to provide the walls and floors with good fire resistance in order to restrict the spread of fire. Delaying fire spread is so important as children need time to evacuate. Arval proposes facade systems and specially designed interior walls.