Royal Women’s Hospital

Project Requirements

The Royal Women’s Hospital, opened on the 22nd June 2008, was developed to provide women and newborn babies with the very best in world-class healthcare. Delivered under the Victorian Government’s Partnerships Victoria model, the healthcare facility features international best practice in contemporary hospital design including world-class technology and research facilities.

The hospital has a mission to provide quality health services to meet the needs of women and newborn babies, especially those requiring specialist care. These services are informed by research and are provided within an environment of innovation and education. Resources are effectively managed to support those services that are ethically, socially and financially responsible. This philosophy aligned well with the mission of Fletcher Insulation to deliver environmentally sustainable insulation solutions in a way that is distinctive and of superior value to our customers.

After careful analysis of the project brief, Fletcher Insulation Ductboard™ Glasswool insulation was put forward as the material of choice to satisfy the air handling requirements throughout the state-of-the art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facility.

Created at Australia’s largest glasswool insulation manufacturing facility, Fletcher Insulation’s recently upgraded Dandenong plant set a new era in green manufacturing with the commissioning of advanced, home grown energy efficient furnaces, incorporating recycling and other sustainability measures. The all-in-one air-conditioning duct solution was fabricated by Baron Insulation at Seaford, before being expertly installed at the Parkville site by Apex Air-Conditioning.

Environmental Considerations

The requirement to deliver clean, quiet air to maintain constant temperature and humidity throughout the facility was a primary consideration. To achieve this goal, utilising a product composed of more than 80% recycled materials, manufactured locally, with an enviable pedigree in the international air-conditioning market was an additional benefit.

In line with the construction team efforts to ensure that environmental measures such as waste minimisation opportunities were maximised, air-conditioning ductwork was prefabricated in the factory and brought to site for installation.

Fletcher Insulation products comply with the GreenStar insulant ODP emissions credit requirement, avoiding the use of ozone depleting substances in both manufacture and composition.

Fletcher Insulation Products

Ductboard™ offers a fully engineered fabricated system ensuring uniformity of thickness at corner folds, positively located joins mechanically fastened and taped to provide a complete vapour barrier and airtight construction.

Large sections can be fabricated complete with starting collars, zone dampers, control motors, and even hanging points to reduce site time.

The economical lightweight ducting solution is at least 30% lighter than internally lined sheetmetal duct. Systems fabricated with Ductboard™ deliver air, not noise, providing excellent sound absorption properties and up to 20% higher noise attenuation than sheetmetal ducting.

Lightweight sections make for easy installation with no heavy lifting. Complex shapes are easily fabricated to conform to restricted ceiling plenum heights with no allowance required for external insulation or framing.

The product was internally lined with a matte black, non-flammable, water based neoprene that enhances Ductboard’s tried and tested airway surface performance.

Similar Projects

Fletcher Insulation Glasswool Insulation has also been specified and installed as :-
• Roof and/or wall thermal and acoustic insulation in the Mater Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Concord Hospital, Box Hill Hospital, Maroondah Hospital, Caulfield Medical Centre, The Alfred Hospital and more…

• Air-conditioning thermal and acoustic insulation in The Royal Women’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Rockingham Hospital, Wangaratta Hospital, Managatang Hospital, Linacre Hospital, Moe Community Hospital, Peninsula Private Hospital, Ballarat Base Hospital, The Royal Dental Institute and more…

The Result

Tight construction windows required the delivery and installation of the air handling ductwork to be timed to the hour.

The vastly experienced crew at Baron Insulation, in collaboration with Apex Air-Conditioning ensured that these requirements were adhered to, and completed the contract ahead of time, exceeding the expectations of the Royal Women’s Health Partnership.

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