Selecting the Best Glass for Office Partitions
An organisation’s most important goal is to increase productivity to achieve its overall objectives. For this reason, businesses invest a lot of money in workplace design. For example, office partitions have become a prominent trend in the office fit-out and design business, and their popularity continues to grow in companies worldwide.
Over the years, office layout design has varied between open-plan and solid partitioned rooms. Proponents of open-plan have always contended that it fosters a more communal working environment. On the other hand, others believe that teams and individuals require their own separate, clearly defined locations away from the rest of the workforce’s distractions. You may get the best of both worlds with glass office wall partitions. They’re a fantastic way to keep the open-plan office appearance and feel while giving employees their own space.
Moreso, glass partitioning enables light penetration into a workplace, which in turn aids productivity. According to Harvard Business Review, ‘workers in daylight office environments reported a 51% drop in the incidence of eyestrain, a 63% drop in the incidence of headaches and a 56% reduction in drowsiness’.
Glass partitions are available in various styles; they are adaptable in terms of appearance and functionality and can be simply altered to fit the size and shape of the workplace.
Here’s a rundown of a few of the many sorts:
Single Glazed Partitions: Single-glazed glass walls are a low-cost and simple-to-install option to divide portions of your office while maintaining light and visibility. The transparency of the glass panes permits a healthy flow of light to highlight partitioned regions, creating a light and airy atmosphere.
Double Glazed Partitions: Double-glazed walls are similar to single-glazed walls in terms of light and keeping lines of sight open. However, they provide far superior sound insulation. They’re a wonderful choice if you want to reduce noise distractions while maintaining an open-plan vibe. Due to the extra seclusion, talks are barely audible, and loud noises are barely discernible.
Acoustic Glass Partition: The acoustic glass partition is a sound-absorbing glass wall with reinforced edges. To increase the sound absorption of the glass barrier, it contains a sound-absorbent interlayer attached between two panes of toughened glass. If you have to choose between a single and double-glazed setup, this is the best option.
Switchable Smart Glass: This glass can switch between being transparent or opaque at the touch of a button. The switchable smart is made up of a self-adhesive layer - a soft, flexible, and transparent ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) layer and a layer of small liquid crystal molecules. The tiny molecules of liquid crystal align when the smart glass is turned on, allowing light to pass through the glass and generating the transparent mode. Conversely, when you turn off your switchable glass, the crystals are unaligned and block the light, resulting in an opaque setting.
Curved Glass: Curved glass wall partitions are a fantastic design feature, removing the boxy impression and straight lines of cuboid partitioning from your business. Because rails and glass panels must be custom constructed, the procedure is more expensive and time-consuming, but the result is breathtaking.
Typical Glass Acoustic Insulation Values
Single Glazed Partitions
4mm thick glass - 29 Decibel
6mm thick glass- 31 Decibel
10mm thick glass - 33 Decibel
12mm thick glass - 35 Decibel
Glass partitions in the office must be accompanied by a film as a safety measure to prevent people from walking into the glass. While film serves a practical purpose, it may also be used creatively to offer a new layer to your interior glass walls by including company logos and branding. Why not go one step further and use a special film that can transition from opaque to clear, allowing your glass partition walls to provide both seclusion and openness as needed?
When deciding on the ideal glass partition for your office, it’s advisable to engage the services of an expert. FABMAC is a reputable glass company.
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