Friday, August 7, 2009

Window Film: Greening the Future

by Marcel Perry, ASID Industry Partner
SunPro Glass Tinting
Huper Optic Smart Window Films

Window film was introduced in America in the 1960s to reduce glare and heat transmission problems, particularly in high-rise office buildings. Fast-forward to today, and modern high-technology window film is making a major contribution on issues unique to the twenty-first century. These new window films significantly reduce the carbon footprint of a home or commercial building, and they provide healthy levels of natural day light.

In the 1960s window, film transformed glass into mirrors. The heavily metallic film literally reflected the sun’s rays away, but at a cost to the aesthetics of the building. This old style of mirror-like film would be less acceptable today, but it was the research and development into alternative technologies that created the additional major benefits that are gained from the latest window films.

Nano-Ceramic 30 window film before and after, controlling
 glare, heat and ultraviolet light.Today, window films are available that reduce transmitted glare and heat to acceptable levels, and yet have very high transmission properties for visible light. Film manufacturers are now using nano-ceramic technology (non-reflective films) to reject up to 98 percent of infrared heat and 99.9 percent of damaging ultraviolet light. Various types of window films can help in the design and compliance of LEED projects, providing 3 to 6 points in several categories: reducing heat, saving energy required to cool buildings, reducing glare to provide a comfortable work environment, and providing a high level of transmitted light to utilize natural daylight in the work place.

Window film also meets or exceeds federal tax credit regulation. Under section 25C of the Internal Revenue Code, homeowners can now receive a 30 percent credit on the costs of "qualified energy-efficiency improvements," including solar control window film on windows, doors, and skylights. This tax credit applies to improvements made to a primary residence from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2009. Tax credits are available for many types of home improvements, and are listed on Local gas and electric companies also provide rebates from $1.35 to $2.45 per square foot on electrical consumption of qualified window films used on commercial buildings.

Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, with energy-efficient
window film installed.To the designer, window film can enhance a project and control fading. Designers look at a project and incorporate not only the room but the view that can be seen from the picture window in that room. Ocean views, beautiful mountains, expansive valleys and even
beautiful blue sky can enhance the d├ęcor of a home or office. When the project is completed, most clients will just end up closing the window coverings to control heat, glare, or fading. A quality window film will control all three of these problems in one application and keep that perfect room just as the designer intended for their client.

Installing nano-ceramic high heat rejection film
with excellent visible light transference.
Film manufacturers are producing films today that can meet any application, need, or problem. Films are protecting the interior design and furniture components, providing green, energy-saving alternatives, and enhancing the view of the world outside. So maybe window film deserves another look when you’re designing that project that requires a little heat control, glare control, added natural light or to help green the earth a little. Every little bit helps to preserve this planet for our children.

For more information, please contact :
Marcel Perry
SunPro Glass Tinting
Huper Optic Smart Window Films
687 Second Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: 760-753-6418
Fax : 760-753-1713