Solar Gard Energy Toolbox

Quantify the Benefits of Window Film Before You Buy

Solar Gard window films provide one of the top energy saving solutions available
for your building. It can be installed quickly and professionally, allowing you to
begin realizing your energy saving goals without delay.

Using the Solar Gard Energy Toolbox, your dealer can estimate your long term
energy savings and a projected payback period based on your film choice. And,
rebates and tax credits can be applied to offset initial costs, accelerating your
return on investment. Long term savings and comfort benefits go on for years.

When considering your film options, examine multiple factors and performance
specifications. Custom reports generated by the Solar Gard Energy Toolbox help
you quantify energy savings and comfort enhancements, providing you with data
and recommendations for film installation.


Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a sophisticated energy analysis
process that simulates projected energy savings due to window film installation.
BIM provides an anticipated return on investment (ROI) payback schedule for
window film projects before film is applied, assuring you that energy savings
will be achieved.

To help our dealers provide BIM services Solar Gard Technical Services has
developed an Energy Toolbox to analyze your needs and generate reports that
illustrate how different films will perform, so that you can make an informed
decision. After looking at scenarios and data from your project, an energy-saving
window film strategy is recommended. Technical Services can also suggest
tools for validating the results once the film has been installed.

Toolbox Software
Solar Gard Technical Services has developed a suite of software for BIM
simulations to perform energy analysis on a variety of structures, from small
offices to large complex commercial buildings. For highest accuracy, the
software is selected for each project individually, based upon the type of
building, its size and shape, the type of windows and the facades.

Toolbox Services
The Solar Gard Technical Services team has comprehensive experience
and knowledge in the field of energy. The team’s qualifications include
IWFA certification, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
certification, testing experience and energy simulation experience.
Technical Services can provide a full range of services, including:

  • BIM simulations
  • Recommendations for the most cost effective or efficient approach to
    energy projects
  • Up to date information on energy legislation, such as:
    • Tax rebate programs
    • Utility rebates
    • Government legislation such as EPAct
    • U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED points from installing window film

Toolbox Industry Standards
The Solar Gard Technical Services team uses reliable, industry approved
standards for all calculations. DOE-2 and ASHRAE 90.1 calculation procedures
drive all Solar Gard building information modeling.

The toolbox process
If you need a BIM analysis to justify your window film purchase, request an
analysis from your local Solar Gard dealer. You will be asked to provide the
following information to complete the request:

  • Location of the building and building orientation (N, S, E, W)
  • Number of stories and number of occupants
  • Floor area and shape
  • Type and construction of walls, floor and roof
  • Glass area for each facade and shading of windows from awnings,
    trees, etc.
  • Type of heating and cooling system, including power and efficiency
  • Location of vents and thermostats as well as the thermostat settings

Technical Services Consultants will choose the appropriate resources and
tools to complete the simulation. In certain instances, multiple scenarios can
be run to evaluate different options.

As ROI analysis becomes the norm rather than the exception for commercial
building projects, consider the Solar Gard Energy Toolbox to help shorten
approval cycles or to meet tax credit or rebate requirements for energy-saving
window film.