The difference between Structural Glass Walls and Interior Glass Walls is their location; aptly named Interior Glass Walls are inside a building while Structural Glass Walls are not. As such, the loads on Interior Glass Walls are much lighter and both the glass and hardware can be light-duty. Interior Glass Walls can come in the form of retail storefronts, elevator shafts, stairwells, boardroom enclosures, interior partitioning walls, or safety screens among many, many other examples.
LIGHTER LOADS = LIGHTER HARDWARE AND LIGHTER SYSTEMS
With Interior Glass Walls’ lighter loads, our lighter duty hardware (such as SS15 spiders) can generally be used to allow the hardware to disappear into the support structure. Alternatively designer can choose to make a grander statement in the design by having custom glass hardware made that reflects key expressions in the design.
IN THE EARLY DESIGN DAYS, PLEASE CONSIDER…
While there are code requirements are less stringent than exterior conditions (in particular wind loadLoads created by positive or negative wind pressure (the blowing on or sucking in on glass). considerations), code requirements such as seismic and human safety are still key considerations that vary from regional building code to code.