The California Energy Commission has voted that Window Film will now be included as part of the state building code. Effective January 2014, the polymer material will be considered as a building product, falling into the same category as glass and roofing materials.
Not only has Window Film been proven to be a cost effective solution by reducing energy consumption, the material also provides other advantages to both residential and commercial buildings such as reducing the effects of glass breakage, glare, harmful UV exposure to the skin and even damage to interior furnishings.
As California is already known as an environmental leader, International Window Film Association (IWFA) executive director Darrell Smith states that, “This addition to the code is a major step forward for energy efficiency… The wide application of window film is a simple way to immediately cut utility demand generation and the resulting reduction of peak demand on utilities and green house gases.”
With other major reports from ConSol, an energy company based in California, supporting California Energy Commission’s findings has also observed that an immense majority of existing homes would be able to achieve significant energy savings with retrofit applications of window film. Mike Hodgson, president of Consol said, “With over 70 percent of the building and homes in the California market having been constructed before 1980, window film has to be high on the list for every building retrofit project across the state.”
As the demand for window film grows, the new building code establishes several quality insurance standards which include a National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) certification label, manufacturer’s name, a 10-year warranty certificate, as well as passing IWFA’s Visual Quality Standards.
Having been in the window film business for over 30 years, Tint World has been the leader in providing quality window film for not only customer vehicles and boats, but for residential and commercial purposes as well. Our expert window film technicians use the latest technology and techniques to perfectly install window film on any window surface, whether it’s in a home or office.
Many of the advantages of window film found by IWFA are solid reasons why Tint World has utilized its own Solar Window Film in both residential and commercial uses. With the installation of Tint World Solar Window Film, commercial buildings conserve energy as well as decrease the building’s carbon levels. Regarding residential use, installing window film is one of the most cost effective improvements; homes are kept comfortable with the added benefit of lower cooling and heating costs.
Now more than ever, consumers are looking for more efficient and cost effective ways to save energy. Although the inclusion of window film in California’s building code will not be effective until 2014, Tint World has already made strides in the industry, providing consumers with quality window tint, installed with expert technique.