Technology comes on in leaps and bounds in ways that would have been impossible to even contemplate just a few years ago. One such innovation is known as ‘smart glass’ and is being used for a wide range of applications, including for windows and elsewhere in the office environment.
But it’s not all about functionality. As well as being a practical element of any office environment it’s also a stylish addition too. Below are some of the key benefits of incorporating smart glass into your office.
Open and closed space in one environment
Many modern offices are open plan and you probably find yourself thinking regularly whether the area could benefit from more private, closed off spaces.
Utilising smart or switchable glass means that an open plan space can be closed off in minutes. A smart wall can be switched on and off, meaning that it can act as a regular wall or be an open clear glass space, reverting to the open plan feel.
Tearing out dry walls and their frames can be messy, noisy and cause significant disruption to your business. If you’re looking for partitions in your office then utilising smart glass is the answer. They can be installed with ease and again switched on and off when you’re looking for that privacy element.
Modern alternative to cubicles
Cubicles were a sensible and forward thinking way of separating office space into individual quarters, but that was decades ago, and they did tend to make workers feel segregated from their colleagues. In the modern office cubicles simply feel out-dated and are not the most aesthetically pleasing place in which to work. Instead, consider intelligent glass solutions that can give you a more minimalist but partition-ready business space.
It’s also a great way of sectioning off a meeting or conference room. Rather than renting more office space or hiring external conference facilities, make the most of the large open plan space you have. Fitting intelligent glass walls around an area of the office that is underused can provide a quick and easy meeting space. Enjoy privacy by simply dimming the walls to completely opaque.
This type of special glass can also be installed as windows. It gives you a fantastic opportunity to reduce your electric usage and instead use natural light, as you can regulate the sun’s access to the office. Smart windows can be dimmed to limit the amount of damage the sun does to furnishing and carpets and they can also lower the energy costs.
With the windows dimmed to the right level you can remove some need for both heating and air conditioning. With both of these formers necessities becoming options your energy fees can be significantly reduced.
Glass that impresses your visitors
With offices being used more and more for entertaining clients as well as day to day work, aesthetics are becoming more and more important. Would you be comfortable inviting your clients to your office today? If the answer is no then it might be time to consider alternative furnishings, an office refurbishment and even talking to glass specialists such as Dream Glass Group about some innovative and contemporary glass partitions or intelligent windows.
If your office is seen by the general public or important clients it needs to make a good impression. Do you think yours passes muster?
About the Author – Alfred Holmes is the CEO of a PR company in London. He is a great advocate of modern interior design, regularly researching on sites such as the Dream Glass Group and believes it makes a real difference to the potential of any business.