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ACROVYN’S RESISTANCE TO BACTERIA AND FUNGI

21 Jul 2022 by Construction Specialties

STOPPING THE SPREAD OF BACTERIA

Choosing the right interior surfaces can help prevent the spread of bacteria.

Bacteria can live on surfaces for significant periods of time, making it easy for them to enter new hosts. Some surfaces are more resistant to microorganisms than others, meaning that architects and interior designers should give careful consideration to product selections for public interiors, especially in light of the global Coronavirus Pandemic. Acrovyn is a surface material that’s been utilized by the healthcare industry for decades due to its bacterial resistance properties, and could play an increasingly important role in the industry moving forward.

ACROVYN’S RESISTANCE TO BACTERIA AND FUNGI

DESIGN STAGE CONSIDERATIONS

Product selections at the specifying stage can determine the extent to which hygiene levels can be maintained once a public space is in use.

Some surfaces are more resistant to microorganisms than others. This is where Architects, Interior Designers and commercial fit-out professionals can play an important role in the fight against the spread of bacteria. 

ACROVYN’S RESISTANCE TO BACTERIA AND FUNGI

TOUCHPOINTS

Think about the surfaces you touch when you’re in a public environment

Most public interiors contain the following elements, all of which we touch and interact with on a daily basis:

  • Doors and door handles
  • Handrails and support bars,
  • Flat surfaces like walls and desks

Shops, schools, universities, museums, cinemas, galleries etc., all contain these fixtures, and we don’t think twice about touching them or brushing up against them.

Maintaining strict hygiene levels in public environments and ensuring the surfaces we touch and interact with are easy to clean has never been more important task.

INTRODUCING CS ACROVYN

A tough, impact resistant product and a great example of hygienic surfaces for public spaces! It’s for good reason that Acrovyn has been used extensively within healthcare settings for decades.

Acrovyn doesn’t harbour bacteria or fungi, and independent lab tests provide clear evidence of this. Acrovyn is available in several ranges with a whole array of colours and finishes to choose from, making it ideal for a broad range of commercial settings (not just healthcare and aged care). Acrovyn works just as effectively in retail, hospitality, sport & leisure, transportation and education sectors along with many other industries that serve public needs.

Acrovyn Hydroclad takes the hygiene factor to another level with its smooth surface and antibacterial additive throughout the sheet composition.

ACROVYN’S RESISTANCE TO BACTERIA AND FUNGI

TESTING

Acrovyn 4000 samples have been tested by Architectural Testing Inc in Pennsylvania for resistance to bacteria and fungi. The samples were tested according to ASTM G 22-76 (1996), Standard Practice for Determining Resistance of Plastics to Bacteria and ASTM G 21-96 (Reapproved 2002), Standard Practice for Determining Resistance of Synthetic Polymeric Materials to Fungi.

Resistance to Bacteria

Acrovyn 4000 samples were placed on a Nutrient Agar and inoculated with a suspension containing Pseudomonas Aeruginosa (ATCC No 13388). Test specimens were incubated at 37°C and not less than 85% relative humidity for a period of 21 days.

RESULTS: The Acrovyn 4000 samples were observed under 40x magnification for their ability to support bacterial growth. The rating for this method is growth or no growth. The Acrovyn samples returned a result of no growth.

Resistance to Fungi

Acrovyn 4000 samples were placed on a Nutrient Agar and inoculated with a spore suspension containing Aspergillus niger (ATCC No. 9642), Penicillium pinophilum (ATCC No. 11797), Chaetomium globsum (ATCC No. 9642), Giliocladium virens (ATCC No 9645) and Aureobasidium pullulans (ATCC No 15233). Test specimens were incubated at 37°C and not less than 85% relative humidity for a period of 28 days.

RESULTS: The Acrovyn 4000 samples were observed under 40x magnification for their ability to support fungal growth. The rating for this method is growth or no growth. The Acrovyn samples returned a result of no growth.

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DETAILED RESULTS OF FUNGAL RESISTANCE TESTING:

ACROVYN’S RESISTANCE TO BACTERIA AND FUNGI

ACROVYN PRODUCTS

ACROVYN’S RESISTANCE TO BACTERIA AND FUNGI

Construction Specialties
Australia
Our vision, “Creating products that make buildings better”  is one that we take very seriously. We make products that help form life spaces in which people work, learn and receive healthcare. The makeup of the products, the process by which they are made, and our behaviours are all led by our vision.Founded in the United States, CS has been a global manufacturer and supplier of a range of specialist building products for over 70 years. Operating through 25 offices worldwide, with key manufacturing locations or sales offices in most European countries, we employ over 2,000 people.With 40+ registered product patents, our product ranges include wall protection systems, entrance matting systems, specialist coatings for walls and floors, expansion joint covers, solar shading, louvres, cubicle curtain track and pressure relief systems. These have been successfully installed in many of the world’s most prestigious buildings, across a spectrum of business sectors including healthcare, transport, retail, education, leisure and commercial offices. CS has been operating in Australia for over 30 years and our products have been chosen to feature on hundreds of major construction works across the country including the National Art Gallery, the Australian National University, the Sydney Domestic Terminal, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the Victorian Desalination Plant and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

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