Tile has several qualities that allow it to help safeguard the health and well-being of people in an indoor environment. From protecting the integrity of the indoor air quality to supporting biophilic design criteria, there are several reasons this material is particularly well suited for use in healthcare applications. Glazed porcelain and ceramic tiles do not support the growth of microorganisms and porcelain tiles are fired at very high temperatures during manufacturing, which eliminates volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This material is also impervious to moisture and chemicals. With looks that mimic natural hardwood planks, high-contrast marble, and stone, tile offers architects ways to bring the calming effect of outdoor elements inside, without compromising the healing space.
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