Partitions can offer the office worker privacy or seemingly open up the space. For office arrangements where privacy is preferred, partitions are often made of plasterboard and supported by a metal such as steel or aluminium.
Before installing any partition however, you need to plan an office layout. You should have some sort of idea of how the office will look once a fit out is made. The dividers should be placed so they create a more functional and productive working environment.
Privacy and Soundproofing
One of the nice amenities about using solid partitions such as plasterboard models, is that they offer privacy as well as soundproofing. These types of partitions are often fitted from the floor to ceiling and create a feeling of isolation.
Normally, a plan drawing is made that shows how a partition runs in a specific location as well as its dimensions. Outline elevation drawings are typically required to indicate the location for solid panels. Also, you can be assured by a partition installation that the system has been tested for its fire-resistance, acoustic, and structural qualities.
Testing for Fire-Resistance
When fire tests are performed on partitions in Perth, the panelling is tested for its integrity against smoke, flames, and gases. Its insulation is assessed as well. Whilst some systems may meet the fire requirement, they may not meet the mandates for insulation.
Normally, acoustic tests for office partitions are carried out in lab settings. If necessary, after a partition is installed, an acoustic test may be performed at that time as well. In this case, you would have to consult with an audio professional. Specifications, with respect to performance, are generally made for a partition’s robustness and overall durability. Usually, a light-duty partition can meet the needs of a homeowner whilst a medium-duty partition is designed for office use.
How Partitions Are Classified
If a partition is considered heavy-duty, it is normally used in industrial areas or in spaces where there is a good deal of public use. Partitions that are made for severe-duty applications are designed for heavy industrial areas or in areas where the foot-traffic is well above normal. Most of the partitions that are used in office designs then fall into the category of being medium-duty.
Demountable partitions are also made that form a part of a stud and board design. You can design these systems with insulation materials to enhance both acoustic and fire performance. Usually, partitions with an adequate amount of fire-resistant insulation can withstand a fire for up to 30 minutes. Increased fire performance may be secured by using thicker boards.
When you work with a company that offers partitioning for office fit outs, they should, in good practice, provide you with information about the type of partition as well as as-built drawings. You should also be given information about the manufacturer and fire and acoustic performance details. Other details should include special elements, the characteristics of the partitions, and information about access panels. In the case of moveable systems, clear instructions should be given on how to de-mount the panels and transport them for use.