Obscura | Privacy Glass

Obscura™ offers a range of options to reach the important design consideration of privacy. Differing levels of privacy can be achieved via light diffusion and obscuration. Obscura can incorporate the following options:

  • Sand blasted – Using high pressure air and sand to blast the glass surface. This creates a frosted surface which is permanent. Sandblasting must be completed prior to glazing. It can also reduce the strength of the glass by up to 60%. Thus, consideration must be taken when using in human impact or high windload areas.
  • Acid etched – Using acid baths to etch the surface white. The treatment leaves a surface which softens and contours the light. It can be processed in many of the same ways as annealed glass and so can be used in many different glazing applications.
  • Translucent interlayer – using PVB or EVA translucent interlayers in varying density. The interlayer still has excellent light transmission, while also dispersing the light evenly, leading to a soft glow through the glass.
  • Translucent inserts - Using special material inserts and films in EVA laminated glass

Obscura glass is popular for use in areas like bathrooms where privacy is required, but light transmittance is still important.

  • Category
    Frosted Glass, Wall Partitions and Shelving Systems, Glazed Facade Systems
  • Range
    Internal Glass Partitions
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Woods Glass was established in 1986, and is proudly 100% NZ owned and operated. Woods Glass is a recognised leader in commercial glazing and architectural glass supply in New Zealand

Our company mission since inception was to establish a specialist commercial glazing company commited to providing quality “Building Glazing Solutions” for the New Zealand building industry.  

As part of our commitment to deliver high quality products and solutions, we continue to reinvest heavily to extend our capability as more demands are placed on our industry.

We have assembled the most experienced team of glass professionals in New Zealand, operating nationwide with branches in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. We work alongside our Thermosash Group companies, Thermosash Commercial and Insite Facades.  

We have a proven track record, having completed some of the largest and most successful commercial glazing contracts in New Zealand

Our Promise:
As we move into that future we remain committed to continually updating our skills and in-house technology, providing international best practice glass solutions to the New Zealand building industry.

When a designer presents a concept in glass that others might say no to, we at Woods Glass instead find solutions. We rely on our team’s technical ability, experience and expertise and rest with the knowledge that our industry partners support, constantly train and audit us to ensure that our systems and procedures follow best practice.

When a proven track record in the commercial glass and glazing industry is combined with modern technology, equipment and experienced specialized staff, the result is a glazing company capable and willing to take on the responsibility of delivering engineered building glazing solutions.

Sourcing and Sustainability
Woods Glass sustainably builds futures for our people, our community and our customers.

Sustainability is one of Woods Glass’ core strategic priorities. Through continuous development we are able to provide customers and the community with innovative, world leading facade solutions designed specifically for the New Zealand environment. 

Woods Glass reduce the environmental impact of our processing and construction activities through sustainability focused design, sourcing and production methods.  

Our aluminium extrusions are sourced from McKechnie’s Aluminium - the only aluminium extruder to achieve diamond level third-party CEMARS™ environmental certification. This means they emit 90% less carbon in producing their materials than the global average.  

We have a minimum 85% recycled aluminium in our window suites and we recycle all our off-cuts and scrap aluminium back through their re-melt facility.  

Woods Glass aim to minimise any waste that is sent to landfill by recycling glass, timber, polystyrene, metal, aluminium and batteries through responsible channels.  

We are commited to the environment and a member of New Zealand Green Building Council. We have a Green Star Accredited Professional who has an in-depth knowledge in healthy, less polluting green building practices.