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Energy Saving Window Film

“Nearly 40% of heating loss in commercial buildings is due to windows (US Dept of Energy).”

Such has been the advance in window film technology, it is now widely viewed as one of the primary methods of increasing the energy efficiency of your property, resulting in both savings to your budget and reductions in carbon footprint.

In 2011, the US Department of Energy (DOE) completed a study on the top 50 commercially available energy conservation technologies. These were ranked on payback, probability of success and overall energy savings.

Window Films ranked as a ‘Top Tier Technology’ with fastest payback ranking and highest probability of success.

Energy Efficient Film

carbon negative earth positiveEnergy efficient solar window film doesn't just deliver energy savings by reducing cooling costs in summer, but by insulating your windows and reflecting heat back into the building it reduces winter heating costs too.

By reflecting away unwanted solar energy, solar window film helps to achieve a more comfortable and constant temperature within the building resulting in a reduced reliance on air conditioning units and cooling systems during the summer.

  • Solar heat gain can add significantly to cooling costs in summer months
  • Older glazing is less efficient and allows heat to escape in winter months


Environmentally Beneficial

With businesses throughout the UK seeking effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint, the application of energy saving film offers one of the most environmentally friendly methods of positively impacting a company's energy performance.

In addition to the longer term benefits and warranties, window film avoids the associated waste and disposal costs of replacement glazing.

Direct Application

Applied directly to existing glazing, forming a highly effective barrier to solar energy, the range of films available from WF Glazing Protection encompass a variety of specifications that can assist with energy efficiency, with the most effective films rejecting up to 85% of total solar energy.

Our range of energy saving window film is available in a variety of finishes and grades, including external grade films for when an internal installation is not possible.

Energy Efficiency and Financial Analysis

At WF Glazing Protection we have the knowledge and tools to carry out an Energy Efficiency and Financial Analysis Report on your behalf. This will model your building and show the potential cost savings and carbon reduction that will be gained with an installation of our energy efficient film. To see an example report, click here.

Solar Heat Gain

Power and heating costs have risen substantially over the past few years in the commercial building environment along with the need to reduce carbon footprints and meet carbon targets.

During summer months, solar heat gain adds to the thermal load of a building.

Effective use of solar reflective film can reduce heat gain by up to 82% significantly lowering the load on cooling systems thus saving energy and costs.

SolarGard's 2010 and 2012 Environmental Product Declarations show that their solar control films help save up to 30% on energy costs from cooling. Windows with these films save an average of 100 times more carbon emissions over a 15 year lifetime than are emitted during their production. To view, click here.

Energy Saving Window FilmNatural Daylighting

Lighting typically contributes to 25% of overall energy consumption in commercial environments. In many offices, lights will be in use during daylight hours whilst blinds are drawn.

The latest technology window films will reject solar heat gain yet allow high levels of light transmission to illuminate the building naturally.

  • The 3M™ Prestige Series is a range of completely non-metallised clear window films designed to provide excellent solar heat rejection at high visible light levels to maintain a natural look to the glass.
    To find out more click here.

Insulation

Nearly 40% of heating loss in commercial buildings is due to windows (US Dept of Energy).

During winter months, inefficient windows can significantly add to heat loss and energy costs.

Typically, the U-value of single glazing is 5.88 and 2.2-2.9 for non-coated double glazing. While replacing windows with the latest energy efficient glass will dramatically improve these U-values it can be a costly and problematic exercise with very long payback periods and little return on investment.

  • Ecolux™ window film from SolarGard is the very latest technology combining a low-e coating with solar control properties at high visible light transmissions. Compared to low-e glazing replacements, Ecolux is a smart, sustainable option for homes and buildings with it's 16 year warranty and significant energy and carbon savings. To find out more click here.

  • 3M’s Thinsulate™ Window Film Climate Control 75 is a low emissivity, or “Low E,” window film that helps to improve insulation, comfort and efficiency all year round. To find out more click here.

The Clinton Foundation

Both of our main suppliers, 3M and SolarGard, have the only window films to be approved by the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Climate Initiative promotes the use of clean energy technology in major world cities to reduce an organisation’s carbon footprint.

“Climate change is a global issue that we must address immediately if we are to reverse its catastrophic effects.”
Bill Clinton

UK Sustainable Development AssociationUK Sustainable Development Association

We are proud to announce our membership and support to the UK Sustainable Development Association. Formed in response to the well-recognised need to make better use of the Earth’s resources, the Association and its members aim to address these problems by encouraging the faster take up of sustainable technologies and services.

Members are experts in all the technologies and techniques required to reduce the impact of the existing built environment and of new building projects. The Association is therefore a resource available to assist both the public and private sectors in formulating carbon footprint policies at national, regional and local level.

In support of this please view our Environmental Policy Statement.

Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2007

Did you know that air-conditioning systems become liable for testing five years after installation?

Any building in which more than a total of 12 kilowatts of air conditioning has been installed is required to have an independent assessment. This necessitates a thorough analysis of zones being conditioned by that equipment to determine whether it is able to operate effectively. An assessment would take account of heat produced by activities within the zone, be that from people or processes and that rate at which such energy is lost through the walls, floor ceilings and windows. Use of other heating or ventilation systems will also be noted, particularly where there are no means of inhibiting simultaneous operation. Further, all of the air conditioning equipment, both inside and outside of the building is examined to determine whether it is working and maintained correctly, and that its controls enable effective use by occupants.

The process should result in the issue of a certificate valid for 5 years and in many cases may carry recommendations for improvement and advice on how best to use equipment.

Commercial Energy Saving Solutions

Our energy saving solar window film can be installed by us in most parts of central England including Nottingham, Newark, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Derby, Burton, Uttoxeter, Loughborough, Leicester, Market Harborough, Hinckley, Nuneaton, Coventry, Grantham, Stamford, Melton Mowbray, Rutland, Oakham, Peterborough, Kettering, Cambridge, Northampton, Wellingborough, Daventry, Newport Pagnell, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Towcester, Stafford, Stoke, Rugby and Brackley.

The main counties we cover are Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Contact the team at WF Glazing Protection to discover how window film will give your organisation the competitive advantage - click here.

 

Client Comments

PSCA International Limited, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffs

"The installation is excellent and has certainly resolved our glare problem"
Teresa Brigham, PSCA International Limited
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