Forest rx was chosen as the focal point of a semester-long research project conducted by the University of Hartford's Acoustics program. While there are many noise sources within a hospital, one potentially significant source can come from the hallways and corridors where regular traffic can include both footfall from staff and visitors and rolling noises from medical carts and stretchers. The University of Hartford recognized that addressing these noise sources could positively affect the acoustic environment in patient rooms.
Two senior acoustical engineering students, Adam Paul and David Arena, chose to undertake this topic for their final project. They "aimed to quantify the influence different flooring materials could have on hospital corridor noise." In order to do this, they conducted 3 different tests on each test material: an absorption test (ASTM C423), a tapping machine test, and a rolling cart test. Adam Paul and David Arena's final report concluded "the addition of the rubber backing [on the Forest rx product] resulted in an overall sound power level reduction of 16 dBA during the tap test and an overall reduction of 5 dBA during the rolling cart test... [and] nearly identical sound power spectra as the Pinnacle Carpet during the rolling cart test." Meaning that Forest rx is as quiet as carpet!
Forest rx provides a unique solution for many of the common problems in healthcare and senior living spaces. This new product category uses itstru technology to combine 5mm of Ecore's recycled rubber backing with Polyflor's proven Forest fx, and is designed to reduce the risk of injury associated with falls.
Force reduction tests have shown that the fall impact is reduced 16.9% (in accordance with DIN 18032) when Forest rx is installed. These products can reduce the severity of patient or resident injuries and mitigate liability for the owners of healthcare facilities.
|Rolls||6' (1.83m) x 30' (9.14m) available in 7mm thickness (2mm over 5mm)|