As we come close to completing the first quarter of 2021, discussions on hygiene and wellness have become part and parcel of our daily lives. More and more Malaysians are prioritising their health now more than ever and this extends to their living and working spaces as well.
Hence, this completely changes the way we live our lives and how we function in different spaces where in a post-Covid world, safety and wellbeing of tenants should be paramount.
Associations and building construction professionals in the market are finding ways to redefine the safety of their buildings and currently, it also means providing not just a conducive but a safe environment for better health and wellbeing of the community.
The Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) has also urged for architects and property players to rethink design of spaces in this day and age to respond to the changes brought on by the pandemic.
PAM President Datuk Ezumi Harzani Ismail said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to re-evaluate ourselves, be in it the way we work, live or play. Under these pandemic and economic challenges situations, PAM Council have to work closely with PAM members and staff to overcome these challenges in creating a more inclusive and engaging programmes for this council term.
The Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) on a similar note is educating interior designing on the importance of coming with spaces that prioritises protections for communities.
“While embracing some limitations, there are still pockets of opportunities to look forward to. This current situation has propelled property players to further think out of the box to ensure that we continue to progress and adapt in such challenging times,” MIID President, IDr Lai Siew Hong said.
The Malaysian Institute of Property & Facility Managers has also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with several players in the property segment to raise awareness on creating a safe community through proper property management.
“Two essential elements of a good property management are the KPIs and SOPs. Our clients, the building owners and as well as the occupants of the buildings we manage, rely on us to ensure that the building services and facilities are operating in good condition,” said MIPFM President, Sr Adzman Shah Mohd Ariffin.
As such maintaining the safety of tenants in a space extends to many things and these includes the walls that we often overlook everyday. The wall is the largest surface in any indoor space with 88 percent of individuals overlook walls in which viruses and bacteria are known to inhabit.
A proactive, long term solution such as painting a space and commonly frequented areas can minimise the risk of spread of the virus through anti-microbial coatings.
Playing a vital role to protect our walls against viruses, the Nippon Paint VirusGuard is the first anti-microbial paint that is specially formulated with anti-viral and anti-bacterial performance in Malaysia and has proven to be 99.9 percent effective against human coronaviruses.
It is scientifically proven to be effective against Human Coronavirus (strain 229E), which causes respiratory infections in human, Influenza (H1N1) virus which causes swine flu and Coxsackievirus A16 which causes Hand Foot Mouth Diseases (HFMD). Additionally, it is also effective against many types of bacteria such as E. coli, MRSA, and the Staphylococcus Aureus.
The Silver Ion Technology incorporated into the VirusGuard is one of the world’s oldest microbials and it can inhibit growth and destroy microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, mold and fungi.
The Silver Ion Technology prevents the spread of viruses and bacteria in a 3-step approach:
- • Deactivation of the function of viruses and bacteria
- • Reducing its ability to multiply and reproduce
- • Inhibiting its growth that ultimately causes the death of the bacteria and viruses.
The Nippon Paint VirusGuard also contains other properties such as ultra-low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC); superior washability; resistant to scrubbing, mould and fungus; easy and hassle-free maintenance, and long-lasting colours.
And to help hospitals get their start in protecting their employees, Nippon Paint Malaysia has taken a proactive step by rolling out the #RuangSelamat initiative as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to create a safer indoor environment for all.
Through #RuangSelamat, the coating expert has donated over 1,000 litres of Nippon Paint VirusGuard to Hospital Sungai Buloh in appreciation of their frontliners’ utmost commitment, dedication and courage during this unprecedented time.
Nippon Paint Malaysia has also led various VirusGuard projects with Selgate Rawang Hospital, KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital, Tun Hussein Onn Eyes Specialist and Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh.
Create a safer environment for your building today with Nippon Paint VirusGuard. Contact Nippon Paint Malaysia today:
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VirusGuard is specially formulated with anti-viral and anti-bacterial performance. It is scientifically proven to be effective against Covid-19 and HCoV which causes respiratory infections NOTE: Nippon Paint VirusGuard serves to reduce the transmission of viruses and bacteria through inactivation process. It does not warranty users’ immunity to viruses and bacteria. Product Features: • Anti-viral (effective against harmful viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, H1N1 and Coxsackievirus A16) ** 99.9% effective against COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) • Anti-bacterial (effective against common bacteria such as E. coli, MRSA and Staphylococcus Aureus) • Anti-fungus and mold property • Superior washability • Near zero VOC during application and after painting • Environmentally friendly paint – Certified by Singapore Green Label Scheme • Long lasting colors • Highly recommended for use on interiors such as childcare, kindergarten, clinics, hospitals, medical facilities and commercial buildings such as offices and warehouses. NOTE: Nippon Paint VirusGuard serves to reduce the transmission of viruses and bacteria through inactivation process on painted surfaces. It does not warranty users’ immunity to viruses and bacteria.