Glass units can be used to create external walls made entirely of glass or for internal glass partitions.
Externally, insulated glass units can be used within a framed curtain walling system or as a frameless structural glass construction to create a fixed insulated wall made entirely of glass.
With all large external glass elevations thermal performance of the glass is an important factor for the overall comfort levels of the internal space. Ensuring all glass within a glass wall is double or triple glazed will make the internal space warmer and reduce heating costs.
Internal partitions can be made entirely out of glass and allow natural light to travel through walls to light internal spaces or walkways. In most cases this internal glass wall doesn’t need any frame so a completely frameless installation is possible. Any integrated doors also do not require a frame.
Privacy, especially in commercial or office buildings, may be an issue so consider the use of sandblasted glass or a translucent coloured interlayer. For a more dynamic approach to privacy use switchable privacy glass to change the glass from transparent to translucent when needed.
In some circumstances a fire rating is required to the internal glass partitions or walls to protect the exit ways of a building in the case of a fire. If so you can use frameless or framed fire rated glass within these glass walls to maintain the fire rating required.
It may be prudent to include some type of manifestation on large frameless glass installations for safety. This can be done through many different types of decorative glass processes depending on the pattern type or design you require. Screen printing, painting, sandblasting or digital printing can all apply a pattern or image to the glass to act as a manifestation.