Shelley and Heath, Solar Vision owners spent last weekend at a AIA Conference at Keystone. They were able to talk to architects about Solar Vision's products and services. It was a great weekend for Solar Vision, Inc. and 3M. They were able to help the architects learn more about the many advantages of window film at the AIA Conference. Solar Vision is proud and excited to be a part of the massive development happening in Colorado right now. There are many opportunities for growth in energy saving (green) window film and in decorative and artistic applications of film.
Solar Control for apartment living can be achieved through the use of a variety of solar control window films. I have seen a number of apartments that get a lot of sun have all kinds of things in their windows to make it more comfortable. I've seen cardboard, newspaper, sheets, and even a mattress. Rental property owners may ignore this or pose fines, but ultimately it affects the value of the property. Solar control window films can greatly reduce the amount of sun and glare coming into a room. Because it eliminates 99% of the UV rays, furnishings are not damaged. It has the added protection of reducing the risk of skin cancer. Apartments usually are fitted with single layered glass. Applying window film will give the window the effect of being double layered glass. This would result in energy savings. If a rental property company is energy conscious, it could advertise as making these changes to help save energy. Solar control window film is especially valuable in those areas that get direct sunlight especially in the loft apartments on the top floors.
Window film is an relatively inexpensive way to make apartment living more comfortable. Window film is easy to clean. It is cleaned as any other window after 30 days.
3M Night Vision 15 was applied to windows in this home in Arrowhead. 3M Night Vision 15 is used when the clients want a darker film that lets in the least amount of light. The views from this gorgeous mountain home are still maintained. The film helps the occupants to be more comfortable in their home and blinds or other coverings may not be needed. This depends on the amount of light entering the home and the desires of the owners. In some cases, blinds may still be needed during certain times of the day. (solutions.3m.com) Night Vision 15 is the darkest of the Night Vision Series. Its low reflectivity leaves the view from the home more clearer than ever. This is wonderful especially in homes which are purchased because of the spectacular views in mountain homes.
3M Night Vision:
- Is easy to maintain
- Can be cleaned as any other window after 30 days
- Does not inhibit wifi or other electronic signals
- Gives daytime privacy, with the ability to see out at night
- Rejects up to 71% of heat
- Reduces glare
- Reduces fading of furnishings and eliminates 99% of harmful UV Rays
- Lets in 35% of light into the home
- Has an abrasion resistant coating for added durability
- Is covered by 3M warranties
3M film uses in hotels are many. Window film can provide energy savings, comfort, and added safety and security. Architectural films can provide beauty and give the hotel a unique look. The creative environment is limited only by one's imagination. Safety and Security is enhanced by using a safety and security film to prevent break-ins. In vulnerable areas, the film will prevent intruders from breaking a glass to get in the building. Often hotels are in places without a lot of people around, so this would give extra security to a building. Another way 3M window film can add to security is that if there would be an event such as strong winds, hail, etc. which could break the glass, the glass would hold together and not allow shards of glass to fly and cause injury. If a hotel is in an area where there is graffiti, anti-graffiti film can be applied to the glass protecting it from paint, acid, scratching. The film acts as a sacrificial layer which takes the graffiti and can be removed. (solutions.3m.com)
Solar Control can be achieved through 3M Window film. Glare can be greatly reduced. Heating and air conditioning costs can be reduced with the application of one of 3M's variety of solar control films. UV rays are reduced by most films by 99 % eliminating the harmful effects of the UV rays on carpeting, drapes, art, furniture and other furnishings.
Decorative Films can be used in the building to make updated creative environments. Graphics on film can put any picture on a wall at any size. Fasara films can be used to add privacy and beauty. The films can be die-cut or custom printed. Di-Noc can be used to remake surfaces such as pine into teak or paint into marble. There are hundreds of surfaces to choose from.
Solar Vision's Mission Statement is to inspire a passion for and generate living and working environments that are comfortable, safe, energy efficient and innovative. Let Solar Vision's staff inspire you.
Exterior Prestige Window Film is made using nanotechnology. The film consists of over 200 thin layers and is the thickness of a piece of paper. This technology allows the film to provide superior heat control and glare reduction while preserving exterior and interior window views. The film contains no metals so it does not interfere with wireless signals. It is used in areas that are difficult to film from the inside. If there is furniture that is difficult to move or permanent fixtures that make it impossible or near impossible to put on a film from the inside, then Exterior Prestige Window Film is the solution. Exterior Prestige Window Film might also be used if there is a high likelihood of breakage of a particular type of glass. With the exterior film, the sun does not heat the glass. (solutions.3m.com) Exterior Prestige Window Film:
- has a strong scratch resistant coating
- not self-cleaning, but repels water
- has virtually no chance of glass breakage
- can be used on dual or triple pane glass
- has high heat rejection with high visible light transmission
- comes in Prestige 40, 70, and 90
- reduces air conditioning costs
The church members at Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge asked Solar Vision to apply samples of 3M Night Vision to make the church more comfortable and still maintain their gorgeous view of the mountains in the area. Father Dyer Church is a historical landmark. It is 133 years old and is an active Methodist Church. 3M Night Vision comes in 3 different shades. The 3 samples were placed on the window and the people of the church will decide which one best meets their needs. This is one of the ways Solar Vision consults with clients to help them choose the best window film to meet their needs.
3M Night Vision helps block the suns rays and reduces glare and heat. Natural light still enters the room and the outside view can still be enjoyed.
3M Night Vision Provides:
- Reduced glare
- Reduced fading
- Rejection of 70% of heat
- Protection for skin from UV rays
- Energy conservation
- An aesthetic pleasing look
- Retention of beautiful views
As always 3M backs their window film with their lifetime warranty.
The state of Colorado achieved 2nd place in LEED Certification. Congratulations, Colorado! A new report by the US Green Building Council reported recently the top ten states with the highest ratings. The rating system calculates the square feet of the space that is LEED certified and divides it by the number of residents that live in the state. The measurement is a way to indicate how states are moving toward green building. Illinois was rated number 1 gaining a score of 3.3. Colorado received a rating of 3.2. Illinois and Colorado are the only 2 states that have been in the top 10 over the past 5 years. This type of measurement began by the US Green Building Council 5 years ago. If it were a state, the District of Columbia far surpasses the ratings of any of the states. (www.tripudit.com/2015/02)
LEED is used throughout the world to evaluate green building systems. The top rating is a Platinum rating. There is also a Gold rating. A Silver rating has recently been included so that more buildings can be rated at a lower cost. LEED certified buildings use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions, save money, and create a healthier environment. There are a lot of things that builders have to do to acquire points for this ratings. This information is available on the USGBC website.
A few of the buildings in Denver which have received a platinum rating are: 1800 Larimer, NREL Research Support Facilities, Signature Centre, and Williams Village at the University of Colorado. A list is available on the web.
Energy savings can be obtained with the use of window film. Window film reduces the amount of heat that enters a room. Less energy is required to cool the room. In the winter, the film acts as an extra insulation on the window, reducing heating costs. LEED credits can be obtain by using window film. The number of points that are obtained, depend on the amount of energy saved.
The goal of this credit is: Achieve increasing levels of energy performance above the baseline in the prerequisite standard to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use. (www.3M.com/windowfilm)
There are 3 different methods for achieving this requirement. Up to 10 credits can be obtained depending on the amount of energy savings. For specific information on the methods see the sustainable design information sheet in pdf form on the 3m web site: multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/6636910/sustainable-design-information-sheet.pdf
Window film is a first tier technology that can have an approximate 3 year payback for buildings. Window films are ranked in retro-fitted building envelopes as having the highest probability of success. It ranks above replacement windows. Already existing materials are used decreasing the amount of waste. (https://promo.3m.com/assets/3MCAN/1202511082.pdf)
Window film can aid in reducing light pollution. In creating buildings that are environmentally and socially responsible, designers seek LEED credits. LEED is a building certification program developed by the US Green Building Council. Credits are given for new building construction and major renovations. There are 9 possible points a building project can achieve through the use of window film. One credit can be earned in the area of light pollution reduction. Light pollution is misused light or misdirected light.
The light pollution creates:
- Sky Glow which is a hazy glow over urban areas caused by light escaping into the night sky.
- Glare shining into the eyes of pedestrians or drivers.
- Light Trespass which is light shining into a neighboring buildings.
- Light clutter such as in the area of Las Vegas casinos.
Light pollution effects all of us by:
- Consuming valuable natural resources. Hundreds of millions of coal and oil are used.
- Polluting through the use of fossil fuels.
- Disrupting nocturnal wildlife. One example is the baby sea turtles in Florida who move toward the artificial light on the beach instead of the natural light of the moon's glow that leads them out to sea.
- Affecting human health by disrupting circadian rhythms and melatonin production, depressing the immune system, and disrupting sleep patterns.
- Destroying the enjoyment of the view of the starry night sky. (www.starrynightlight.com)
Window film is not the cure for all those things, but it can play a part.
The goal of the credit for Light Pollution Reduction is:
Minimize light trespass from the building and site, reduce sky-glow to increase night sky access, improve nighttime visibility through glare reduction, and reduce development impact on nocturnal environments.
One way window film can meet this requirement is to reduce the amount of light passing through a window from the inside to the outside by up to 85% while minimizing the reflection from the interior lights. Even at night an amazing view can be maintained. (multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/6636910/sustainable-design-information-sheet.pdf)
To see if a project qualifies for this credit most of the internal light has to fall within the building. Luminosity measurements are taken outdoors with all the lights off and are compared to the measurements with all the lights on. The credit is achieved if the outdoor illumination level does not increase more than 10 % with the lights on. Window films with lower visible light transmission ratings will greatly reduce the light trespass from the buildings.
Our Solar Vision representative can help you find the right film that can meet your needs for reducing light trespassing.
3M Window Film saves art studio located on an Iowa historical farm. When straight line winds hit the farm house, the windows in the art studio located in the southeast corner of the home cracked. The windows, however, held together because of the window film. If the rain had gotten in the house, precious art work which could not be replaced and expensive art supplies would have been lost. The window also stayed in place for a period of time until the window could be replaced. Injury and damage due to flying shards of glass was eliminated. The owner is an artist and interior decorator. She knew that her antiques, furnishings and artwork was being protected everyday from the harmful effects of UV Rays by the window film applied to all windows of the house. The film also reduced glare and provided privacy. The windows did not have to be covered with drapes. The beautiful landscape of this home was not diminished by blinds or other window coverings. She was also able to use less energy in cooling her home. The window film provides extra insulation to the windows. For example, if you have single-paned window, the film would make the window perform like a double-paned window.
The owner is so thankful she had the window film applied to her windows. The loss due the weather event would have been great. Insurance can't replace property with sentimental value or creative property.
School classrooms that are comfortable are more conducive to learning. The first consideration for window film is school safety. (See previous article) Window film can be used in a number of ways to improve school comfort, make learning easier, and save energy as well. Comfort and Energy Savings
During my 34 years of teaching, I have been in a number of buildings. All of those buildings have had hot spots. There are rooms where the sunlight coming into the room is unbearable during certain parts of the day. It is distracting to be in a classroom that is overly hot. To keep those rooms at a temperature that is somewhat comfortable, the air conditioning has to be turned up. Many of the rooms in the school are then too cold and students need their sweaters or just shiver. A hot room does not help students concentrate on their studies nor does a cold one. More schools are going to a year round schedule, so they have to deal with even more summer heat. Solar Control Window film applied to classroom windows reduce the heat entering the room. Not having to lower the thermostat, saves energy. In winter, the film acts as an extra insulator on the window. Savings is realized in the winter also. The US Department of Energy says a third of a building's cooling comes from solar gain through the windows. Window film will make the windows more efficient. (http://solutions.3m.com/)
Window film also eliminates glare on whiteboards. The film protects occupants from harmful UV rays which can cause skin cancer. Some rooms may require a combination of window film and blinds. When the blinds do not have to be closed, natural light enters the classroom. Students learn better in natural light. Eyes get less tired.
We know that students learn better in natural light. Attendance and behavior is also improved. (http://www.healthyschools.org/Daylight.pdf) Window film still allows natural light. A new 3M Window Film is 3M Daylight Redirecting Film. If you have just the right space, the film brings in more light at the top of the window and redirects it to the room. This lessens the need for artificial light.
Mirrors or Perforated Graphics
I worked in some areas where we took data on the behavior of students. Graphics or mirrors can be put on the window to observe students undetected. The graphics are made with tiny dots. On one side you see a picture. On the other side you can see through. A mirrored film can be put on a window and from the other side observations can be made. This could work well when the dean's office has a window to the cafeteria. The possibilities are endless in the school.
Smart or Switchable Film
A smart film can be turned on and off. When it is on the film is frosted. When it is off the window is clear. Think of the many uses for offices like the principal's office. He/She can see what is going on when it is off and can have privacy when he needs it for conferences with parents, teachers, students, etc.
Sports Viewing Rooms
Black out film can be used in athletic viewing rooms to eliminate screen glare. Solar Vision has installed this at a number of colleges and universities.
A film that is not a window film, but is an architectural film is Di-Noc. Some Di-Noc contains silver which cuts down on the growth of bacteria. In areas, such as the nurses office and preschool classrooms, the film applied to smooth walls may help reduce the spread of germs.
Solar Vision can do a study of how window film can save energy and help you plan ways to use window and architectural films in your school. If you would like a study done, give us a call at 303-862-6376 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Solar Vision's Annual Meeting, past successes were celebrated and plans for future growth were made. Solar Vision exceeded their goals this past year in window film sales. The 3M Dealer of the Year was received for the Rocky Mountain and Northwest Regions. Goals for the 2014 were discussed and shared with the Solar Vision team.
Goals for 2014 Include:
- 20% increase in sales
- Increase residential window film sales to 25% of total sales
- Continue to educate the public on the benefits of window film in their energy management plans
- Build efficient systems
- Develop and improve marketing strategies
Continuous Improvement Seminar
In the afternoon, Brent Kube led a seminar on Continuous Improvement. Brent is a small business consultant and a mechanical engineer for a large machinery manufacturer. His expertise is in lean manufacturing which means that operations should be cost effective and efficient to make things run smoother and to ultimately be more profitable. This also means that Solar Vision is constantly aware of energy efficiency.
Continuous Improvement is based on making many small changes. The ideas for improvement come from the workers. All employees continually seek ways to improve their own performance. Employees make suggestions on how things can run smoother and more efficiently. When employees know that their ideas are valued, they take ownership in the company which makes workers highly motivated and satisfied with their job. The end result is that everyone makes more money.
As a part of the seminar, brainstorming activities were carried out by Heath and Shelley. Everyone seemed to have a clear vision of the future and strategies and systems are being put in place to meet our goals. The Continuous Improvement business strategy is a good fit for Solar Vision because of our clear goals, respect in the workplace, environment management, and progressive view of business operation in the 21st Century.
At the 3M Conference in Puerto Rico, 3M introduced its new product 3M Daylight Redirecting Film, which is intended to help create green buildings. The 3M Daylight Redirecting Film uses micro-replication to redirect the light that would have originally hit the floor a few feet from the window. The light is directed to go up to the ceiling and then be reflected off the ceiling to light the room as far as 40 feet from the window. About 80% of the light is brought into the room. This reduces the need for artificial light during the day. The natural light coming into the room increases productivity, people buy more, and reduces the need for electric lighting. This energy efficient new window film technology can be used in retrofitting as well as new construction. It is generally a commercial window film. The Daylight Redirecting Film is installed on the south, east, and west facing windows and is installed above a sill height of 6 feet to keep the sunlight out of the eyes of the people in the building. The appearance of the glass with the redirecting film has the appearance of frosted glass. The window film still keeps out harmful UV rays and stops glare and fading. Some of the same benefits could be gained by putting a shelf on the window frame that reflects the light. This shelf is not very attractive and is difficult to clean. The window film is attractive and can be cleaned like any other window.
3M Daylight Redirecting Film will increase the sustainability and tenant satisfaction of a building. It can be an effective energy management tool. For specific information on how to use this new technology, contact a Solar Vision Inc. representative.