Under some conditions, a high partition system that extends from the ground to the ceiling is desirable to regulate the noise in a company environment. You can find certain issues that have to be addressed before investing in this partition system.
One issue is fire safety. A high system that blocks the exit signs, fire extinguishers, sprinkler system or audible alarm noise might be deemed unsafe by the local fire marshall. This would require its removal or modification to meet up the local fire codes, per the Fire Marshalls demands.
One assumption that is dangerous, is thinking that you know your ceiling height. You might think that you know the ceiling height, but a cautious measurement is required. Ceilings tend to sag in unsupported areas, and could vary by an inch or maybe more in various places. It is important to gauge the distance from the ground to the ceiling, exactly where the panels will meet the ceiling, to make sure that the panels will fit. In cases when you have a normal “drop ceiling” the height could be adjusted upward, by twisting the support wires holding the ceiling framework. In the case of a good ceiling, you do not have this option. The panels must certanly be slightly shorter than the ceiling height, or they will not fit.
Then there’s the problem of air flow. Office environments will most likely have some sort of ventilation supplied by the air conditioner or heater, or possibly just windows. Enclosing a proposed office using a floor to ceiling partition system could impede the airflow to that particular section and require venting. Venting through low and high vents can accommodate some minor amount of convection. 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 bottom, divisoria piso teto where cooler air can flow into the proposed office through the lower vent. A reliable panel manufacturer should have the ability to provide the vents, built into the panel system to allow for airflow into each office.
Lighting is another concern. Panel systems are normally opaque, so they block light. If a company has its own lighting then the thing is mostly solved. However, if your propose office does not need lighting, then some sort of window arrangement built into the panel system will be needed to provide some light for the reason that office. It’s recommended to make the most of natural lighting that comes through skylights, or windows facing outside. If a partition system has built in windows in strategic locations that accommodate the usage of outside natural lighting, then this will reduce amount of time where in fact the electric lights are switched on during the day, thus reducing your energy consumption.
One justification that tall partition systems are used is to supremely control the noise. Short panel systems are not so good at this, as sound travels as a “wave”, and simply goes over the the top of panel systems and travels through the office, until absorbed by soft treatments, such as carpet, drapes, and other absorbing structures. However, sound waves can transfer by way of a panel system too. The materials used in a very panel is of concern to those seeking maximum noise reduction. Consider this: Sound travels most efficiently through dense, hard mediums. Thus, sound travels better (and faster) through water, than air. Hard mediums can transfer sound much better than soft mediums. Another exemplory instance 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 vitality 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 example, Kevlar fabric is bullet resistant largely because of it’s mix of great flexibility and high tensile strength.