Architects & Designers
Commercial Window Tinting Partner for Architects and Designers
Windows are an important design element in any built space. They allow daylighting and profoundly affect the sense of the space, permitting the landscape and views to be an interior design element. Ultimately, the built environment is a space for us to work, play and relax. It is, of course, well documented that we prefer the light, warmth and views afforded by windows.
However, there is another side to the many benefits of windows. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, as much as a third of a building’s load is dedicated to cooling the solar heat gain transmitted through windows. For architects and designers, the effort to control the heat and excessive glare by closing blinds causes an unsightly “checkerboard” pattern to the building’s facade, spoiling the architectural integrity of the building and straying the uniformity and purity of appearance envisioned by the architects and designers.
We also live in an uncertain world, and the glazing portion of the building envelope presents significant hazard to people and property in the event of windstorm, earthquakes, civil unrest, or terrorist acts.
Window Film Performance
Retrofitting the interior surface of existing glass with commercial window film from Performance Film Group can reduce energy costs 5% to 15% delivering a payback of two to three years. Rebates are frequently available, allowing for a shorter payback and a strong ROI. The enhanced performance also eliminates temperature imbalances and “hot” spots and lessens the load on chillers and the mechanical system.
The latest generation of Low-E films performs year-round by significantly reducing heat and making single pane glass perform like dual pane glass, and dual pane glass perform like triple pane glass with regards to the retention of internally generated heat.
Points Toward LEED Certification
In addition to increasing the performance of the existing glazing, commercial installation of window film can assist with obtaining up to nine LEED Certification Points in the following areas:
- Light Pollution Reduction (1 pt.)
- Optimizing Energy Performance (1-3 pts.)
- Improving Thermal Comfort (1 pt)
- Providing Daylighting and Views (1-2 pts.)
- Innovations in Operations & Upgrades (1pt.)
- Optimize Use of Alternative Materials (1 pt.)
Protect Capital Investments
Window films protect capital investments in several important areas.
- Interior furnishings, such as carpet, furniture, artwork and electronics, are protected from the effects of damaging UV radiation, excessive visible light and heat.
- The load on HVAC equipment is reduced, increasing the operational life of expensive equipment.
Safety & Security Films
When the building envelope is compromised and glass fails due to a violent act of nature, blast event or civil unrest, window film can mitigate the damage by containing dangerous shards. Many public sector buildings and Fortune 500 companies have deployed the invisible shield of window film to ensure the safety of employees and maintain business continuity following a violent event. Window films add to the HSW (health, safety and welfare), filtering up to 99.9% of harmful ultraviolet radiation that causes skin cancer and ailments of the eyes.
Window Tinting Appearance
Solar control window film, when applied to exiting glass, deepens the tone of the glazing, hiding blinds, furniture and fixtures. The deeper tones of the glass create greater architectural unity and eliminate the blemish of the “checkerboard” effect common to commercial buildings with clear or lite tinted glass. As glazing typically dominates the appearance of the building envelope, the façade of a building can be dramatically improved with the addition of solar control window film.
Performance Film Group’s commercial window tinting team is dedicated to making your next building project the best it can be. Contact us to find a window film solution to increase energy savings, comfort and sustainability and get connected with a professional installer.