Whether you’re building, buying, or designing an office, there are many decisions to make. One of these decisions will be which material is best for the walls and partitions of meeting rooms and office cubicles. Fabric and drywall are two of the most commonly used materials. However, if your space will be attempting to achieve LEED certification, glass interior walls are superior to traditional products in many ways.
Glass Will Get You Points
The LEED Certification Program awards points to those contractors, builders, and architects who follow best practices for green building. Although many of today’s offices continue to use drywall, any waste material generated by construction, renovation, or demolition cannot be recycled, and it ends up in the landfill. Glass office walls are far more sustainable than drywall or fabric.
LEED points are also awarded for use of materials which emit low amounts of indoor pollutants. Glass and aluminum have no waste and keep their shape overtime with no maintenance and are fully recyclable, making it an ideal material to increase the green content of your office.
Reduced Indoor Pollution
Although the interior of an office may not seem toxic, many materials emit invisible gases which can harm health. Traditional doors and walls, as well as fabrics in carpets and cubicle walls, can all contribute to the amount of indoor pollution of a space. As well, their absorbent nature places them at risk of mold formation. However, when you use interior glass partitions to divide office space instead of other materials, indoor pollution can be eliminated.
Other Ways That Glass Benefits Health
In addition to the environmental benefits of glass, this material also has many additional health benefits for office employees. Glass allows for the passage of natural light through office space instead of having to use artificial illumination which uses electricity. Natural light improves the mood, which boosts employee efficiency and productivity.
Glass partitions can also increase air flow. How? Unlike solid drywall, a glass partition doesn’t reach the ceiling. This means that outside or ventilated air can circulate through the space without interruption, making for a more evenly heated or cooled office.
Where it comes to visibility, there is simply no substitute for glass. Solid walls and doors block employees from seeing outside views, as well as each other, which can lead to feeling cramped and isolated. Glass has the ability to offer both privacy and visibility, thanks to its many options for transparency.
Get Attractive and Highly Functional Glass for Your Office
Where the goal is environmentally friendly interior design and functionality, glass is the solution. Its functionality goes far beyond that of solid doors and walls, allowing you to change the size and privacy level of your office with a simple slide to the side.
Space Plus, a division of The Sliding Door Company offers customers a wide range of customization options, from glass types and frame finishes to locks and latches. We partner with you at every step to ensure your complete satisfaction because we own the entire process. Find a showroom or claim your free consultation by calling us at 1-888-869-1850.