The first choice for light sources in work spaces will always be natural light as opposed to harsh and dim lighting systems. Natural lighting renovations have been shown to result in happier workers, less absenteeism, and fewer illnesses, and, because better lighting encourages satisfaction among workers, it also results in increased productivity.
It was illustrated in a study published in “The Responsible Workplace” that windows were the number one determinant of the occupants’ level of satisfaction with a building.
Many other researchers have concluded that there is a strong relationship between employees’ daylight exposure and their sleep patterns this in turn results in less work productivity and satisfaction, even depression. The need to increase the levels of natural light in working environments is crucial, especially when more and more people are working in offices.
Modern office designs are often large, open plan spaces, the difficulty with these office spaces is ensuring that light from the external windows can penetrate into the centre of the work space.
Glass partitions and doors are often the perfect solution to these large office spaces as they allow natural light to penetrate through the wall or door further into the working spaces. However these frameless glass partitions do not offer any element of privacy, which may be required in the work space, especially for meeting rooms.
Modern switchable privacy glass is often used as the perfect solution for these offices. It provides efficient utilization of space for office interiors, changing the visual appearance of a glass unit at the flick of a switch. A specialist LCD interlayer within the glass construction changes the glass from translucent to transparent allowing optional and versatile privacy, an ideal solution for office interiors where lighting is fundamental.
Privacy glass provides effective use of space for office interiors, creating small subdivisions offices and conference rooms delivering instant isolation to carry out meetings and presentations, without distractions from colleagues reducing the “goldfish bowl” effect.
IQ Glass works with Saint Gobain who are the UK’s leaders in Privacy Glass technology in order to provide offices with a durable, hi-tech glass solution to an office area.