Armstrong World Industries is introducing a portfolio of air quality products to assist companies in adapting to emerging standards of health and safety protocols in indoor spaces, with anticipated availability in December.
The Lancaster manufacturer and designer has partnered with California-based Medical Illumination International Inc. to offer a customized version of the medical supplier’s ultraviolet air purification system. The system is designed to be integrated with Armstrong’s other upcoming product, AirAssure panels, and other Armstrong ceiling systems, according to a statement released Monday by the companies.
AirAssure ceiling systems, designed to self-seal into ceiling grids to prevent air leaks, and in-ceiling ultraviolet air purification systems will be introduced as part of the Lancaster-based manufacturer’s “24/7 Defend” product line.
The company said it’s adapting technology used in health care facilities for work offices, schools and other indoor spaces.
“As employers, educators and building owners seek to reopen their facilities, they are looking for ways to meet the heightened expectations of their co-workers and occupants,” Vic Grizzle, president and CEO of Armstrong World Industries, said in a statement Monday announcing the new product line. “These Armstrong solutions can help everyone get back to life and work with greater confidence.”
A company spokesperson said AirAssure ceiling panels are “swappable” with existing ceiling tiles, which she said makes for a simple, fast and retrofit installation process using existing suspension systems.
AirAssure ceiling panels form a tight seal to reduce air leaks, which can significantly increase the effectiveness of ventilation and filtration systems, particularly if those systems have limited capacity to increase airflow or add fresh air, according to Armstrong World Industries.
For buildings where the air space above ceilings is shared among multiple rooms, AirAssure panels could help reduce the risk of pathogen transfer, the company said in Monday’s announcement. Armstrong’s panels allow ventilation systems to filter up to 40% more air, according to independent testing.
Officials with the company said the newly created Armstrong VidaShield UV24 system is “uniquely designed” to pair active ultraviolet-C air purification systems with Armstrong’s ceiling panels. The products include shielded ultraviolet light that deactivates pathogens while protecting individuals from exposure to ultraviolet light.
Products can reportedly treat a volume of air equivalent to an 8-foot by 10-foot by 10-foot room four times per hour, the companies said in their Monday announcement.
Drawing on Armstrong’s years of experience in materials science, engineering and sustainability, along with its partnerships with companies like Medical Illumination, Armstrong will continue to “innovate around and expand its healthy space solutions,” said Charlie Chiappone, Armstrong senior vice president of ceiling and wall solutions.