Designing office space to encourage maximum collaboration has become a balancing act of science and art. On one hand, office walls must enhance acoustical privacy and suppress noise so employees can be their most productive. On the other, aesthetically appealing visual connectivity is essential to providing transparency and promoting an open and approachable organizational culture.
Our glass walls actually perform better than drywall and can be used for both office fronts and the demising walls between offices to enhance open visibility while providing maximum acoustical privacy. Unlike an “open-style” office, glass walls facilitate the simultaneous occurrence of multiple activities – group meetings, one-on-one conversations, private calls – while minimizing interruptions and distractions.
Infinium glass walls provide the best of both worlds: unremitting acoustical performance so private conversations can remain private, and visual continuity that allows for natural light in day-to-day office interactions.
Acoustics is the physics of sound – the sensation of very small rapid changes in the air pressure. In architectural design, superior acoustical attention ensures that desirable sounds are efficiently transmitted and unwanted sounds – such as reverberations and echoes – are minimized and controlled.
Faulty sound transmission can cause noise control, confidentiality, and privacy issues. So it’s reassuring to know that Infinium‘s glass office walls are proven to offer high levels of acoustical privacy along with all the advantages of a pre-manufactured unitized wall system.
During recent independent testing at the internationally accredited Riverbank Acoustical Laboratory, Infinium achieved an industry-leading 50 STC (Sound Transmission Class). Infinium’s STC tests were conducted in accordance with the ASTM E90 standards, the benchmark for product comparisons. Requiring the use of an opening to simulate a 9’ high by 14’ wide office front; (9’x14”) to test multiple panels, simulating actual field conditions.
Perhaps even more impressive is that Infinium achieved an industry-leading 42 STC for its double glazed 4" wide glass wall system. That’s significantly better than the estimated 35 STC achieved by standard office drywall construction (4" thick drywall construction consisting of two layers of 5/8" gypsum applied to either side of a metal stud). Infinium’s clear glass wall is the clear winner in its ability to suppress noise transfer.
It pays to keep in mind that Infinium is the first U.S. wall manufacturer to provide a moveable glass wall office environment that is inviting and collaborative, while promoting visual organizational transparency right along with acoustical privacy.Download PDFs: Accoustical Graphs and STC Explained
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