Hygiene room

Joensuu hospital, Finland, Architect: Arkkitehdit Martikainen Oy, Photo: Raatikainen & Vänskä Oy

Throughout a hospital there are a number of activities that generate an extra amount of humidity. Toilets and bathrooms for patients along with dressing rooms for staff are all examples to this. Physiotherapy pools can also be added.

  • Pool rooms or other areas for activity and training need to be studied from an acoustic point of view. The need for ceramic tiles on floors and walls can imply that the ceiling is the only surface available to cover with sound absorbing material.
  • Equipment used in disinfection or sterilisation rooms can produce disturbing noise. To bring the noise level down, it is important to use high performance acoustic ceilings.
Ecophon's suggestion
  • Reverberation time 0.5 s or less. Highest value 250 - 4000 Hz. 125 Hz: 20% higher value permitted. Corresponds to 90% of floor surface covered with Absorption Class A (according to EN ISO 11654).
  • Some areas require cleaning using high or low pressure cleaning methods. High pressure cleaning requires the ceiling panels to be clipped to the grid.
    Influence of climate
    • High relative humidity, often in combination with higher than normal temperatures, makes it necessary to install ceiling products with high moisture resistance and cleanable surfaces.
    Product recommendation
    • Ecophon Hygiene ceiling systems have been tested and approved for use in environments with higher relative humidity than most hospital rooms.


    A well planned sound environment improves peoples ability to perform. Understanding of acoustics enables you to define the relevant descriptors to get the best end-result.

    Indoor climate

    The indoor environment has a major impact on people’s health. The building materials, the ventilation, the furnishing, the cleaning routines and the activities are factors that all influence the indoor climate.