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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.

Solar Gard Energy Toolbox

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.

Energy Efficient Window Film

Glass Without Film

In ¼” (3mm) annealed glass, 87% of the energy is transmitted, 5% is absorbed and 8% is reflected.


Glass With Solar Gard Film

Solar Gard window film reflects significant solar energy, while absorbing another portion of the energy. The result is that the amount of solar radiation transmitted inside the room is considerably less. Specs will vary depending on the Solar Gard window film selected.

The movement or transfer of heat from a region of higher temperature to one of cooler temperature is called heat transfer. The transfer of heat always flows from hot to cold. No heat will transfer if there is no difference in temperature.

There are three types of heat transfer: Radiation, Conduction, and Convection. For window film, radiation is the most important method of heat transfer because it moves infrared waves. This is why we refer to solar energy as solar radiation.

Energy Saving Window Tint

Solar energy through a window is transferred or transmitted by infrared waves. Radiant energy is converted to heat when it strikes people or objects. If you block the transfer of this energy you keep it from turning into heat because it never strikes an object. Window film interrupts the transfer of this energy by reflecting the energy back.

Transmission is basically the percentage of Solar energy (UV + Visible Light + Near Infrared) that can passes through a window. Reflection is the ratio of solar energy reflected back to the source, expressed as a percentage. Absorption is the percentage of solar energy absorbed to that of the total solar energy.

With solar window film installed on the inside of a window, the proportions are changed dramatically, with reflected energy and absorption increasing. This corresponds to a reduction in solar heat transmitted inside the room or the automobile. The properties of the window film dramatically influence how and in what way transmission, reflection and absorption change.

How lowering the temperature saves energy

Only a few degrees in temperature reduction can have up to a 25% reduction in cooling costs, due to the laws of thermodynamics. It requires considerable amounts of energy to remove heat from a room through air conditioning. During peak summer times in the middle of the day, loads on air conditioning systems can be reduced enough to turn off entire units or to install a less costly system.

In addition to the energy saving benefits, solar window film can increase thermal comfort, reduce glare, while at the same time rejecting 99% of the UV radiation reducing fading and the risk of skin cancer.

 
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