In today’s world, being environmentally conscious and incorporating green initiatives when remodeling is a high priority for many schools. It not only benefits building operators, faculty and students, but also the planet. Knowing this, schools can incorporate professionally installed window film as an economical means to advance their green initiatives.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), between 25 to 35 percent of wasted building energy is blamed on inefficient windows, and many older buildings still have less efficient single pane glass windows. With professionally installed energy control window film, a building’s windows can allow in less than 25 percent of solar energy, versus allowing in 90 percent without the film. Once installed, window film may offer year-round savings of about 5 to 10 percent of the total energy bill — for cooling alone the savings may reach 30 percent.
The uneven glare coming in through older windows can cause hot spots and damage from UV exposure. Instead of having to replace structurally sound windows, a simple, yet cost-effective solution is to apply a thin layer of window film, which will help regulate the temperatures within the building, minimize cooling costs and make the environment more comfortable for students and staff.
By retrofitting existing windows, building operators can save on the cost of replacing windows that are structurally sound and upgrade to today’s energy and safety standards. Roughly 258 million tons of municipal solid waste is generated each year. By installing window film on older inefficient windows, instead of discarding them, the amount of landfill waste can also be reduced.
Read more at schoolconstructionnews.com. Article by Darrell Smith. Mr. Smith is the executive director of the International Window Film Association (IWFA).