Virology Research Services at University College London (UCL) has recently tested an active air-purifying paint from Airlite, finding it kills viruses by 99.9%, including human coronavirus NL63, after just 15 minutes of contact. The paint had already been proven to be anti-bacterial and anti-mold, as well as actively purifying the air of pollutants and odors in independent scientific tests across Europe.
Airlite enables light to create a perpetually ionised protective shield on and around the painted surface. When a virus comes into contact with this ionised shield, the hydroxide ions (OH-) aggressively steal the second hydrogen to return to water (H2O) from the lipid-protein layer of the virus. Without the lipid-protein layer, the virus harmlessly falls apart and is no longer infectious. The research was led by Dr Chiara Mencarelli.
After proving the effectiveness of the paint against human coronavirus NL63, enterovirus and influenza, the company is confident that it will kill the SARS-CoV-2 2019 strain with the same method breaking down the protein layer. There are current restrictions on testing with the SARS-CoV-2 2019 strain of coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, one of London’s largest landlords, has already tested the technology in a number of its properties – including an apartment in Belgravia. Grosvenor has adopted Airlite as its preferred paint.
When comparing Airlite to Grosvenor’s standard paint in the Belgravia apartment (272sq.m), Airlite significantly reduced volatile organic compounds from 300g total to <2.5g, completely eliminated hazardous waste from paint over the building’s entire lifecycle from 46.24kg to 0kg and reduced global warming potential (in CO2 per M2) from 84.3kg to 29.9kg.
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