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Antimicrobial technology for building materials

8 Apr 2020

In recent Building Centre articles we’ve looked at how Biomaster antimicrobial technology can work against the viability of viruses on porous surfaces including treated fabric and textiles.

However Biomaster can also be built into more or less any permanent building feature to provide effective antimicrobial protection for the lifetime of the product to complement existing hygiene protocols.

In buildings where many people co-exist in close proximity, such as hotels, hospitals and office blocks, specifying materials and products which can complement cleaning protocols can help to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Biomaster antimicrobial technology can be introduced into any permanent or non-permanent feature within buildings, such as walls, floors, door handles, radiators, worktops and air conditioning units to provide long lasting antimicrobial protection.

Microbes through the air can also cause infectious disease and unwanted odours, affecting the quality of air that we breathe. As architects and building specifiers are encouraged to design buildings to be more energy efficient, mechanical HVAC systems are increasingly relied upon for airflow. Incorporating Biomaster antimicrobial technology into surfaces of ductwork, as wall materials or water pipework will inhibit the growth of harmful microbes, providing a more hygienic environment.

By incorporating Biomaster antimicrobial technology into HVAC system and filters you can help to reduce the impact of bacteria that could otherwise spread through contamination.

The same technology is easily applied to water pipework, for waste and potable supply, reducing the risk of Legionella building up which can lead to outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease in larger water systems.

In hygiene critical environments, walls too can often be overlooked as an exposure pathway for harmful microbes as cleaning protocols might not always incorporate thorough cleaning.

Biomaster antimicrobial protection can be easily added for wall coverings from cladding, paint and even ceramic tiles to ensure that around the clock protection is provided where needed.

In addition, antimicrobial adhesives, grout and other sealants treated with Biomaster antimicrobial technology can protect from the build of up mould, fungi and bacteria and help to complement cleaning regimes.

Biomaster can be added at any stage of the manufacturing process and is available in masterbatch, liquid or powder formulations for plastics, textiles, paper and coatings. The controlled release of the active ingredient provides powerful, effective antimicrobial protection for the lifetime of the product.

Highly effective at low addition rates, Biomaster has been tested in hundreds of applications to provide up to 99.99% reduction against harmful bacteria including MRSA, E. coli and Salmonella.

We can provide free-of-charge antimicrobial samples for you to test to ensure that incorporating Biomaster antimicrobial technology into your range of building materials or construction product specification is as straightforward as possible. 

All of our antimicrobial treated solutions are independently tested at a leading laboratory to ISO 22196 to ensure of a high quality efficacy against the microbes your product and end application requires.


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