Airlite paint could be the solution for safe, virus and bacteria free surfaces

Press Release : July 10, 2020
Airlite paint could be the solution for safe, virus and bacteria free surfaces

Airlite paint could be the solution for safe, virus and bacteria free surfaces 1

Testing has confirmed Airlite paint has strong, immediate and long-lasting anti-viral qualities to equal its demonstrated antibacterial and air cleaning properties. Tests confirmed a 74% virus reduction in only 60 minutes and a 99.9% reduction in 4 hours. Most promising was that while testing was on a limited number of viruses, the manner in which the viruses were destroyed indicates that the paint is likely to have highly effective anti-viral capabilities against all viruses.

Airlite is a technology embedded in a mineral paint which, when in the presence of light and air humidity, creates a barrier of oxidants. This barrier of oxidants makes harmful organic substances decompose into harmless substances. Airlite has previously been proven to reduce airborne pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and a large number of bacteria.

In response to COVID-19, Airlite has undertaken virus testing with La Sapienza University of Rome and in China at the Guangdong Detection Centre of Microbiology to investigate the anti-viral qualities of the paint.

Tests were conducted on two viral strains:

  • Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 is an influenza A virus strain of which there are numerous variants that cause pandemic influenza forms in animals and humans, such as swine fever. Person-to-person transmission can spread by air through saliva droplets carried by sneezing or coughing of infected people and through contact with infected materials or surfaces.
  • Enterovirus71 (EN71) causes outbreaks of severe neurological diseases and diseases of the hand, foot and mouth in children. Enterovirus 71 can cause permanent paralysis (poliomyelitis) in some cases.

Detailed testing in Rome revealed that Airlite breaks down viruses in the same manner in which soap makes viruses inactive. A virus is a self-assembled particle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. Airlite, like a soap, dissolves the fat membrane causing the virus to then fall apart.

CEO of Airlite Antonio Cianci said:

“In the midst of today’s pandemic, we must find ways to protect our homes and workspaces. Airlite purifies the air by eliminating pollution and actively killing bacteria and viral proteins. The paint allows you to sanitize your walls in a simple, effective and long-lasting way, providing a safer and healthier environment. We are looking forward to helping combat the spread of illness and our partners, such as Bouygues UK, are already looking at painting healthcare, education and residential facilities.”

Jo Adams, Lead Interior and Workplace Designer, Bouygues UK, said:

“Bouygues runs an open innovation programme to uncover innovation that brings value to our clients and our partnership with Airlite is a brilliant example of this. With the changes driven by COVID, we have adapted quickly and are already using Airlite to combat the spread of bacteria and viruses and improve air quality across our portfolio in the education, residential and healthcare sectors, helping to protect our clients, employees and all who use the buildings we operate.”

Airlite is confirmed as the best solution available among the innovative materials for architectural design. It makes indoor environments where we spend more than 90% of our time, healthier and better protected not only from air pollution, but also chemical (Nitrogen Oxides, Formaldehyde, Volatile Organic Compounds) and biological threats, forming an effective barrier against viruses and bacteria.

Notes to Editors:

There are two ways to neutralize a virus:

  1. Eliminate the host cell, destroying the tissue cell of the organic tissue and therefore not recommended (Cytotoxic Drugs).
  2. Acting only on the virus, thus not intoxicating the host cell and leaving it intact.

The innovative and ecological Airlite paint acts in the second way, thus ensuring the integrity of the host cell is not compromised through toxins.  

How a virus works

Most viruses consist of three key features: ribonucleic acid (RNA), proteins and lipids. These structures are found within an infected cell and are used as building blocks to form the virus. When the infected cell dies, all these new viruses escape and go on to infect other cells. Airborne and droplet-spread viruses end up in the lung airways.

When you cough, or especially when you sneeze, tiny droplets from the airways can fly up to 10 metres. The larger ones are thought to be the main coronavirus carriers and they can go at least two metres.

These tiny droplets end up on surfaces and often dry out quickly. But the viruses remain active. Human skin is an ideal surface for a virus. It is “organic” and the proteins and fatty acids in the dead cells on the surface interact with the virus.

When you touch, say, a wall with a virus particle on it, the virus will be transferred to your hand. If you then touch your face, especially your eyes, nostrils or mouth, you could get infected. Most people touch their face once every two to five minutes.

On an Airlite treated surface, tests confirmed a 74% virus reduction in only 60 minutes and a 99.9% reduction in 4 hours.

Guangdong Detection Center of Microbiology

 

Guangdong Detection Center of Microbiology (GDDCM), under the approval of the authoritative department, was established on the basis of Guangdong Institute of Microbiology and awarded the provincial CMA certificate in 1999. In the year 2004, it was accredited by China National Accreditation of Laboratory (CNAL). Being a legal detection institution with the qualification of legal representative and the third side lab, GDDCM provides testing data and analysis reports for trade license, product quality evaluation, and sic-tech achievement verification, which are recognized and accepted internationally and have the force of law.

GDDCM has been designated as a recommended testing institution for the detection of anti-microbial properties of anti-microbial labelling products and knitwear by China Industry Association for Anti-Microbial Materials and Products, China Knitting Industry Association and China-Japan MRA, and also a recommended microbiological testing institution by the Branch of Perfume, Flavor, Cosmetic and Detergent Products under Guangdong Association of Light Industry. GDDCM has been approved as a testing institution for new chemical substances by Chemical Registration Center of Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China (MEP) and a Signing Laboratory of China Environmental United Certification Center Ltd. for environmental labelling product testing. With the approval of Guangdong Provincial Science and Technology Department, GDDCM is the chief member shouldering the responsibility of the joint construction of Guangdong Food Safety Detection and Evaluation of Scientific Innovation Platform, and a member in organizing the Anti-Microbial Material Detection and Evaluation Center, which is a component part of Guangdong Material Detection and evaluation of Scientific Innovation Platform.

The Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”

The Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases is a centre for research and surveillance of all factors that could affect health, both at individual and collective level. This goal, although ambitious, is attainable with the contribution of knowledge and professional skills of different specialists through multidisciplinary integration. The Department is made up of six different sections: Hygiene, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Microbiology, Parasitology and Health Statistics.

Airlite and AM Technology Ltd

Airlite is an innovative and environmentally friendly paint that mimics nature to actively purify the air by attacking and neutralising pollutants, bacteria and microbes, providing a cost-efficient solution for improved air quality and anti-microbial surfaces when compared to living walls or chemical alternatives.

When Airlite comes into contact with light, the paint becomes ACTIVE, creating an ionized layer on its surface. This active layer works to purify the air around it. Working in a way similar to plants using sunlight to turn CO2 and Water into Oxygen, Airlite reverts pollutants back into harmless atmospheric gasses and salts.

Airlite requires no maintenance, no electricity, no cleaning and will remain active for as long as the paint is on the walls. All this comes at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions.

Circular Economy

Airlite was awarded the Gold level of Cradle to Cradle® certification. Cradle to Cradle® products reach a new qualitative dimension due to their high efficiency and minimal or no environmental impact.

100% Renewable Energy

The production of Airlite is powered by 100% renewable energy, and creates no harmful waste. Airlite has an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) declaration which defines the environmental impact of a product during its life cycle.

Lower CO2 Emission

Airlite’s CO2 footprint is some 60-70% less than conventional paints. Additionally, during the carbonation process that occurs during the product’s application, Airlite also absorbs CO2, up to 237.8 g / kg.

Airlite is produced by AM Technology. AM Technology is an SME founded with the objective of successfully developing and commercialising innovative products to address the issues of air quality and health and wellbeing in the built environment.

 

Notes to editors

For more information please contact:
Samantha Rumens          Tel: 07747 788262 email: srumens@airlite.com Visit the newsroom of: sampr