Technical Criteria – Arcoplast Wall and Ceiling Systems

Arcoplast Wall and Ceiling Systems meet and exceed high containment barrier requirements within all respective criteria. The monolithic structure features smooth impervious surfaces, is easy to clean, and presents highly engineered sealed penetrations. In addition, the Arcoplast System provides the simplest installation in the class. The critical performance elements of a containment envelope include:

Functional Criteria – Arcoplast Barrier Performance

Primary Containment Barrier

The envelope integrity required for high containment facilities is challenged by numerous and complex requirements of todays sophisticated mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), monitoring and security systems. The Arcoplast System provides proven sealing methods for MEP, monitoring and security systems through a highly engineered interface and penetration integrity. This system produces an air tight, gas tight, moisture and water tight envelope that meets the requirements for high containment facilities.

Pressure DecayRoom integrity test reports:

  • Pressure decay test performance
  • Public Health Agency of Canada Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines: 3rd Edition 2004 for CL3-4 (BSL3-4) containment level requires two consecutive tests with a minimum of 250 Pa (1 in.w.g.) loss of pressure from an initial 500 Pa (2 in.w.g.) over a 20 minute period.

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Anti-Microbial The specialized surfaces and joints of the Arcoplast System exposed to contamination do not support fungal, mold or bacterial growth. Resistance to microbial colonization is a key element in the protection of humans, animals and experimental integrity. The heavy costs associated with incidental microbial growth are addressed with surface characteristics that promote a controlled environment.

Biological Test Reports:

  • Evaluation of the Action of Microorganisms Test Results
  • Resistance to Fungi & Bacteria – ISO 846
  • Resistance to Growth of Mold on the Surface – ASTM D3273
  • Disfigurement of Gel Coat surface by Fungal & Algal Growth – ASTM D3274

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The cross-linked polymer Arcoplast surface is impervious to water and chemicals. The smooth surface topography enhances the effectiveness of chemical disinfectants including Steris Spore-Klenz RTU. The surface characteristics facilitate easy cleaning, including corners, joints, and penetration junctions that do not present crevices or fissures that could harbor contamination.


Decontamination Test Reports:

  • The durability and sustainability of the Arcoplast gel coat surfaces and the finishing joint and coving compound/sealant must withstand room fumigation using HCHO, ClO2 and HPV
  • Tests performed on the Arcoplast gel coat surfaces and finishing compound/sealant:
    • Formaldehyde Gas – HCHO
    • Chlorine Dioxide – ClO2
    • Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor – HPV

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Impact Force ProtectionChemical and Corrosion Resistance

The composites materials used in Arcoplast panels and the sealant for panel joints or coving sections are widely used in highly corrosive industrial chemical handling applications. These surfaces do not degrade over the product lifecycle using decontamination chemicals and gaseous agents. The cross-linked polymer surface is highly resistant to disinfectants, detergents, acids, alkalis, solvents and other chemical exposure. The surface is also resistant to long term episodes of fumigation and washing using decontamination concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, formaldehyde, chlorine dioxide and sodium hypochlorite.

Chemical and Corrosion Test Reports:

  • ISO 2812-4: 2007
  • ASTM D1308-02

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Finite Element Analysis (FEA) – Large Animal Impact on Panel Seam

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) – Large Animal Impact on Panel Seam

Impact and Force Protection

High security containment designs rely heavily on the mechanical and physical properties of building materials to maintain envelope integrity. The attributes of fiberglass composite building products are earning increasing recognition from architects and designers as they examine the characteristics of these construction materials in comparison to traditional materials. The product selection requirements for facilities housing small rodents or large animals will vary according to needs, and the characteristics are determined by mechanical and physical performance properties, including:

  • Mechanical strength – Tensile, compressive and flexural properties
  • Impact resistance – Energy absorption or toughness
  • Barcol Hardness – Surface hardness
  • Specular Gloss – Visual light refraction
  • Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion – Temperature effects on dimensions
  • Water Vapor Transmission – Barrier characteristics

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Acoustic Performance

Sound Transmission Class (STC) is a significant element in animal laboratory design and a critical element to the welfare of animal and human occupants. There are a number of variables that influence the sound transmission performance of facility wall and ceiling construction.

While flat, smooth, hard and impervious finishes are excellent sanitary surfaces, these characteristics are generally in opposition to acoustic performance. However, Arcoplast Wall and Ceiling panels optimize the properties of composites materials to provide satisfactory noise range control (NRC) ratings. This NRC optimization is particularly important in high noise environments such as animal cage wash areas or food industry bottling and canning facilities.

Acoustic test report/information:

  • Sound Transmission Test ASTM E 90-09 / E 413-10
  • Sound Absorption Test ASTM C 423-09a / E 795-05

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Seismic Activity Probability Prediction

Seismic Activity Probability Prediction

Seismic Performance

Arcoplast wall and ceiling systems meet seismic building code requirements worldwide through use of high tensile and compressive strength of fiberglass composites and innovative fastening and joint sealant systems.
Based on FEA studies, Arcoplast designs meets the strict seismic requirements, including:

  • NZS 4219 (2009)
  • ICC-ES AC156 (US)

Seismic Activity Probability Prediction
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Fire and Smoke Performance

The specialized high performance materials components used in Arcoplast Wall and Ceiling Panels are engineered to address conductive flame spread and smoke generation density requirements of building codes. The fire performance characteristics of composite materials are critical in the design and construction of high containment facilities, and essential for environmental security, process safety, and well-being of occupants.

  • Fire and Smoke PerformanceFire and smoke research testing
  • Full-scale Room Test for Surface Products ISO 9705:1993 (E) Annex B
  • Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials ASTM – E 84 – 13a
  • Requirements for Interior Finish Materials – Title 27, Chapter 1, Subchapter 5, Article 5 of the Building Code of the City of New York
  • Classification of Reaction to Fire Performance in Accordance with EN 13501 – 1:2007+A1:2009

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NSF Certification

Finishing CompoundThe proprietary Arcoplast sealant, adhesive and finishing compound is use to adhere and seal panel joints, coving sections and penetrations in high containment facilities, research laboratories and food and beverage facilities.

  • Arcoplast finishing compound adhesive/sealant is tested in accordance to – Determination of Extractives Residue according to US FDA 21 CFR 177.2600 and has received the NSF Registration No. 148103 Category P1. This product is NSF labeled.
  • NSF Nonfood Compounds Registration Program is a continuation of the USDA product approval and listing program. The NSF Registration Mark can be downloaded by clicking the “Download Registration Mark” link on the NSF website (

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