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Especially popular in healthcare facilities, noraplan signa is a rubber floor covering available in 48 colours, with an extensive range of accessories, and in different qualities. For patient rooms and corridors it is available in a thickness of 2 mm. For children´s wards there are imaginative inlays, so-called intarsia. For radiology rooms or intensive care units, sensitive electronic equipment is protected through its properties of electrostatic conduction. For operating rooms, to accommodate the movement of heavy equipment, it comes in a thickness of 3.5 mm. For physical therapy and sports areas, there is a particularly elastic acoustic variant.
noraplan sentica won the Nightingale Award (one of the most prestigious design awards in the U.S. health sector) shortly after its launch in 2012, winning praise for its quality, functionality, wear resistance, design, sustainability properties and the excellent cost-performance ratio. The Nightingale Award is presented to innovative products which contribute to creating an atmosphere in hospital environments that is conducive to patient recovery. The designing of healing environments has become the benchmark in Germany’s healthcare sector as well.
These strivings are supported by nora systems with a comprehensive range of system solutions that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of healthcare facilities. Flooring coverings from nora allow the realisation of integral design solutions. For example, the rubber coverings are available in the same design but with different functional characteristics, be it electrostatic conductivity, enhanced slip resistance or exceptional acoustic properties. From stair treads to hygienic skirtings – they all look as if they were cast from one mould. With the aid of the NCS system that is also used by nora systems, the colours of the walls and furniture can be precisely matched with the colour of the floor covering.
The dense closed surface of nora’s floor coverings makes them exceedingly resistant to wear and means they can be easily cleaned and continue to practically look like new even after many years of heavy use. And in contrast to other resilient floor coverings, they do not need a coating either. This means that nora products offer a distinct advantage, since the coatings of other resilient floor coverings wear out and have to be replaced at frequent intervals. This is not only time-consuming and expensive, but also leads to considerable operational disruptions during the refurbishment. Consequently, although they are somewhat more expensive in the procurement, in the long term nora rubber floor coverings are the most economically viable solution for hospitals, as well as retirement and nursing homes, for 90 percent of the life cycle costs of a floor covering are maintenance-related.
The cleaning and disinfecting capability of the floor covering is a crucial factor of all-encompassing hygiene concepts for healthcare facilities. The extremely dense surface of nora rubber floor coverings makes them resistant to surface disinfectants and stains. Brief exposure to solvents, diluted acids or lyes does not leave any lasting traces either.
And because, unlike PVC, rubber floor coverings do not contain plasticisers, they are not only low in emissions but are also dimensionally stable and can therefore be installed without any joints. This is both optically and hygienically beneficial. Tests conducted by the Hygiene Institute at the University of Heidelberg have confirmed that floor areas where nora rubber floor coverings without joints are installed can be fully disinfected.
Last but not least, low-emission rubber floor coverings guarantee healthy indoor air, which is why they were the first resilient floor coverings to be awarded the “Blue Angel …protecting the environment and health” eco label as long ago as 2006. A healthy living environment with low-emission building materials is one of the key factors that contribute to the welfare of patients with weakened immune systems in particular, as well as that of hospital and nursing home staff.
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