Under some conditions, a tall partition system that extends from the floor to the ceiling is desirable to manage the noise in an office environment. There are certain conditions that need to be addressed before investing in this partition system.
One issue is fire safety. A tall system that blocks the exit signs, fire extinguishers, sprinkler system or audible alarm noise could possibly be deemed unsafe by the neighborhood fire marshall. This would require its removal or modification to generally meet the neighborhood fire codes, per the Fire Marshalls demands.
One assumption that is dangerous, is convinced that you know your ceiling height. You might think that you know the ceiling height, but a careful measurement is required. Ceilings often sag in unsupported areas, and could vary by an inch or even more in various places. It is very important to measure the distance from the floor to the ceiling, where ever the panels will meet the ceiling, to be sure that the panels will fit. In cases where you have a typical “drop ceiling” the height could be adjusted upward, by twisting the support wires holding the ceiling framework. In case of a great ceiling, there isn’t this option. The panels must certanly be slightly shorter compared to the ceiling height, or they will not fit.
Then there’s the matter of air flow. Office environments will often have some type of ventilation provided by the air conditioner or heater, or perhaps just windows. Enclosing a proposed office with a floor to ceiling partition system could impede the airflow to that section and require venting. Venting by way of low and high vents can accommodate some minor level of convection divisoria piso teto. As hot air rises, it could flow out from the propose office through the high vents and thus produce a slightly lower air pressure at the end, where cooler air can flow to the proposed office through the lower vent. A reliable panel manufacturer should be able to give you the vents, built to the panel system to support airflow into each office.
Lighting is another concern. Panel systems are normally opaque, so they block light. If an office has its own lighting then the issue is mostly solved. However, if a propose office does not need lighting, then some type of window arrangement built to the panel system would be needed to provide some light because office. It’s advisable to take advantage of natural lighting that comes through skylights, or windows facing outside. In case a partition system has built in windows in strategic locations that accommodate the usage of outside natural lighting, then this will reduce timeframe where in fact the electric lights are switched on through the day, thus reducing your energy consumption.
One good reason that tall partition systems are employed is always to supremely control the noise. Short panel systems aren’t so good at this, as sound travels as a “wave”, and simply explains the the surface of the panel systems and travels throughout the office, until absorbed by soft treatments, such as for example carpet, drapes, and other absorbing structures. However, sound waves can transfer via a panel system too. The materials used in the panel is of concern to those seeking maximum noise reduction. Look at this: Sound travels most efficiently through dense, hard mediums. Thus, sound travels better (and faster) through water, than air. Hard mediums can transfer sound better than soft mediums. Another example of this is considering ballistic plastics. A glass surface is hardly bullet resistant because it is hard, and brittle. It cannot withstand the kinetic energy of a bullet, since it cannot flex enough to absorb the energy without breaking. Polycarbonate is a form of clear flexible plastic. Polycarbonate is more bullet resistant than glass, because it is more flexible, and can absorb the impact bette, without breaking. For instance, Kevlar fabric is bullet resistant largely as a result of it’s mixture of great flexibility and high tensile strength.