Window Film Gets the Recognition It Deserves for Saving Energy

Do you remember back in the 70’s when there was a fad of putting shrink wrap over windows? Seems the technology has made significant leaps in improvement and may now be a potential method to allow homeowners to put off having to do a major window retrofit!

Article From HouseLogic.com

By: John Riha
Published: June 21, 2012

You may not need to do that window retrofit. A new California building code underscores the benefits of using ever-so-humble window film.

Faced with the second-highest total energy usage in the country (Texas is first), California has become the first state to recognize window film as bona fide energy-efficient (http://www.houselogic.com/green-living/saving-energy/) building materials.

By adding them to its state building codes (http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/building-codes/), California will require window films to meet certain criteria, similar to windows and roofing (http://www.houselogic.com/maintenance-repair/preventative-home-maintenance/roofing-gutters-siding/). Window films must:

•Carry a certification label from the National Fenestration Rating Council (http://www.nfrc.org/) (NFRC)

•Include the manufacturer’s name

•Have a 10-year warranty

•Be in compliance with the visual quality standards set by the International Window Film Association (http://www.iwfa.com/Home.aspx) (IWFA)

The new codes take effect in January 2014.

If you don’t know much about window films, they’re worth checking out. Different types can:

•Reduce glare

•Cut UV exposure (preventing your fabrics from fading)

•Strengthen glass for added security (http://www.houselogic.com/protect-your-home/home-security/)

•Create privacy (http://www.houselogic.com/home-topics/home-privacy/)

They’re relatively inexpensive, running $1.50 to $8 per square foot, and they’re a good DIY project (http://www.houselogic.com/home-topics/do-it-yourself/).

And they save energy (http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/windows-doors/save-money-energy-efficient-window-coverings/). Some reduce radiant heat transfer through glass by as much as 50%, making them good choices for colder climes. Others block sunlight – great for west-facing windows and homes in sunny regions, such as the Southwest.

Window films are smart for retrofitting, too. Instead of swapping out older windows for new ones at $700 a pop, you can install a top-of-the-line film (and maybe a little weatherstripping) on your existing windows and get virtually the same benefits for $150.

Plus, you’ll help reduce waste when you keep used building materials (those older windows) out of the landfill.

So which would you rather have? New replacement windows or window films?

 

About gvenice

I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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