The public in the UK are generally unaware that applied glass coatings or window films exist, the product is known by building engineers and architects and is often used after building modelling on solar heat gain hasn’t quite worked and occupants have complained of over heating but this retrofit product has so much more to offer environmentally than just reducing heat entering through glazing.
Window film isn’t on the radar within the environmental community in the UK mainly due to the lack of publicity by the main manufacturers but in the USA, Far East and Australasia the product is commonplace even household by comparison. The USA’s Clinton Climate Initiative names Solar Gard® Window Film a Key Resource for Saving Energy and is included under the Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program, which was designed to help public entities lower their energy consumption. Organizations that have committed to reducing their carbon footprint can easily and cost-effectively fit window film into an overall strategy to reduce CO2 emissions. Window film can be sized to fit any window extending the life of existing glazing systems reducing landfill and cutting out CO2 produced manufacturing new glazing.
So what can window film do? It can offer several benefits at once, solar heat gain reduction reducing loading on air conditioning systems and reduction in winter heat loss reducing up to 30% in power consumption and running costs. It offers Ultraviolet filters giving a 99% reduction in UVA & UVB extending the life of furnishings, protecting occupants from cancer and helping sufferers of photosensitive skin conditions it is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Glass safety and security is always a concern but film can increase glass break strength and holds broken glass together reducing glass related injuries from accidents or explosions. Available in various shades and colours eye strain can be reduced making for a more comfortable and productive internal environment whilst retaining a clear view out allowing for more natural daylight to enter the room unlike a traditional window covering but still allowing welcome privacy for the occupants within. With manufacturer warranties up to 16 years and a possible lifespan of 25 years it is a serious player in carbon reduction globally. Solar Gard® window film saves 100 times more GHG emissions from entering the atmosphere than is used and/or created during its manufacture.
Window film has been around for over 50 years and has been manufactured by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (Solar Gard®) for more than 30 years. CoolGlass Glazing Enhancements are Lincolnshires only approved SolarGard® dealer and a supplier of the new Ecolux® film which offers a massive 41% reduction in winter heat loss through single glazing and also a 34% heat gain reduction in summer whilst having similar light transmission to a car windscreen, it truly is the film for all seasons.