New materials are having a positive impact on patient care and the environment.

Healthcare organizations are increasingly considering the three pillars of sustainability – responsibility to people, the planet and profits – as they choose interior design materials. Healthcare facility designers weigh how flooring contributes to patient safety and health. Features like impact on air quality, life cycle costs, and ergonomic and acoustic properties must satisfy environmental standards without affecting quality of care.

A recent article in Health Facilities Management highlights how flooring manufacturers are meeting those sustainability goals. The publication asked some top flooring manufacturers how they factor in raw materials and characteristics such as durability and hygiene in their products.

Tim Cole, vice president of marketing for nora®, highlights the need to balance environmental impact with patient care:

“The viewpoint from health facilities is, ‘What is a specific attribute that is going to bring value to my facility as well as make a positive impact from a human health perspective?’”

Cole mentioned the new noraplan® valua line as a solution developed to address the healthcare industry’s unique environmental needs. This low-VOC product, produced in sheets and planks, was designed for high acoustic performance and slip resistance; the flooring’s embossed texture and nature-inspired color palette satisfies the need for a natural look in healthcare facilities.

Along with nora, Health Facilities Management talked to other flooring manufacturers about their development of hygienic and resilient materials, and how those materials are benefiting health facilities. Find out more about what goes into making sustainable flooring and what it means for the future of healthcare.