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July 2019

Office building with solar window film

How Solar Window Film and Building Energy Modeling Work Together to Help You Beat the Heat

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As a planet, we recently broke a temperature record with the world’s hottest June ever recorded. June also marked the 414th consecutive month where temperatures exceeded the 20th Century average – and climate experts predict that July will follow suit and break its heat records as well.

In other words, it’s really hot and getting hotter

As a commercial building manager, you either have the option of adjusting your budget to allow for higher cooling costs this summer and beyond… or you can make a change that will keep costs down, as well as improve your long-term corporate sustainability

Let’s talk about energy-efficient options for your building, specifically about solar window film and building energy modeling. 

What Can Modern Solar Window Film Do?

The question should really be, “What can’t solar film do?” because these days, window film is pretty impressive stuff. 

As summers get hotter, many smart business owners are finding new ways to keep buildings and employees cool without increasing energy costs. This is where the advanced technology of solar window film really gets the opportunity to shine. (Excuse the pun.) 

Here’s a small sampling of what you can expect of modern solar film solutions: 

  • Daylight Redirecting Film
    3M Daylight Redirecting Film relies on cutting-edge micro-structured prisms to physically redirect the natural light of the sun into your building, so you can reduce heat gain and lower your electric lighting costs.
  • Spectrally Select Films (3M Prestige series)
    3M Prestige series solar films are less reflective than glass, due to the fact that there’s no metal in their construction. The patented construction allows these films to outperform interior applied silver films on dual-pane glass while allowing in more natural light and not impeding views. This unique construction also will not affect 5G signal, thus they are future proof!
  • Ceramic Film
    Ceramic window film, such as 3M Sun Control Window Film, provides crystal-clear views along with outstanding protection from solar heat gain and harmful UV rays that can fade and damage products inside your building. Ultra clear solar film IS possible!
  • Dual Reflective Film
    Dual Reflective Film is scientifically designed to give you the advantages of solar window film (reduced heat and glare) while preserving the aesthetic beauty of your building and its views, day and night.
  • Low Emissivity (Low E) Film
    Films like 3M Thinsulate offer performance that rivals a full window replacement, with much lower costs. This type of film provides a thermal layer that reduces both heating and cooling expenditures.

Remember, this list contains only a few of the many window film products that can help your business save money and increase employee productivity during the summertime heat. If you’re curious about the rest of your options, just ask the window film experts at NGS! 

Not Sure What Kind of Solar Film Solution Would Fit Your Needs Best? You’re Not Alone. 

Considering the technological advancements that film has achieved in the past few decades, very few individuals outside the glass film industry understand the subtle shadings (another pun!) between their options

That’s why NGS offers building energy modeling assessments

What Are Building Energy Modeling Assessments? 

Our technological world is pretty amazing. Building energy modeling is a comprehensive energy expenditure prediction tool run by a powerful computer modeling program. It’s built to help you understand how your energy costs would change with various solar window film solutions.

An energy assessment helps you see the real-life impact of various energy-efficient film solutions on a realistic 3D rendering of your building – and it also lets you mix and match film, so you can find the best, most cost-effective options for your needs before spending a penny on solar window film. 

Climate predictions state that we’ll be in for many more hot summers in the years to come, but with solar film and energy modeling from NGS, you’ll be prepared to beat the heat. 

Check out the case study on Sutter Health hospital in San Francisco to find out why energy service companies (ESCOs) entrust their energy modeling projects to NGS for the best results.

3M one way mirror film

What Is 3M One Way Mirror Film and What Are Its Specifications?

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Today’s commercial building design focuses on large, open areas and workspaces, but sometimes building aesthetics get in the way of business needs – specifically the need for privacy. Though modern retail stores, hospitals, government buildings, and schools tend to feature an open look, their employees, customers, and students still need privacy to ensure security and confidentiality. 

3M One Way Mirror Film offers specifications that provide an elegant solution to the question of how to increase privacy in an open space. That’s why building managers are increasingly choosing to install 3M Mirror Film in their locations. 

What Is 3M One Way Mirror Film?

Part of the 3M privacy film line, 3M Mirror Film covers your interior glass to provide a highly reflective, mirror-like appearance

In addition to improving privacy, 3M One Way Mirror Film enhances safety and security throughout a commercial building, delivering the look and results you want at a fraction of the cost of new glass. 

It’s important to note that the physics of mirrored film means that it always requires a light differential (it must be brighter on the outside than it is on the inside), so you’ll want to work closely with a mirror film installation expert to choose the best areas for your 3M Mirror Film. 

3M Mirror Film Specifications

Curious to know the exact specs on 3M’s mirrored privacy film? As usual, the experts at NGS have got you covered. 

Visible Light Transmitted7%
Visible Light Reflected – Interior64%
Visible Light Reflected – Exterior18%
HazeN/A
Thickness2 mil
*Source: 3M Safety & Security Window Film Privacy Films datasheet

If these stats have got you scratching your head, here’s what that says in layman’s terms

3M Mirror Film’s light transmission qualities help boost the lighting differential needed for mirrored film to work well in a range of settings, and its reflective qualities make it hard to see into a mirrored area – but easy to see out. The film is fog-free, providing for crystal-clear visibility, and its thickness provides admirable durability paired with a fast cure time. 

Of course, if you have questions about any of the 3M One Way Mirror Film specifications, simply contact us for fast information

How to Use 3M Mirror Film

Like all 3M window and glass films, 3M Mirror Film is flexibly crafted to fit a range of applications. However, most building managers tend to use 3M One Way Mirror Film in three ways: 

  1. Security Areas – In retail, office, and government buildings, fully mirrored walls and areas help conceal security guards. Visitors can’t see in, but security has a clear view out and can act quickly when the need arises. In schools, it also allows children to shelter in place in a locked, dark classroom while an active shooter is loose in a lit hallway – not allowing the shooter to see in from the hallway side of the glass.
  2. Privacy Zones – In banks, schools, hospitals, and many office buildings, certain departments tend to work with more sensitive data. This film’s mirrored effect helps secure those areas from prying outside eyes, while maintaining spatial aesthetics for those inside the mirrored area. 
  3. Modern Offices – The increasing trend toward co-working spaces and shared workstations in modern office buildings means meetings can take place anywhere in the building. Savvy building managers support this trend with 3M Mirror Films cut into decorative patterns, which supply privacy throughout an open office space without breaking the flow of the floorplan. 

Work with an Experienced Professional for Your Mirror Film Installation

3M One Way Mirror Film is a great solution for a range of safety, security, and privacy needs, but it requires highly specific lighting conditions to work. Your best bet for a flawless film installation is to work with NGS, the #1 Commercial Window Film Company in the U.S. That way, you can ensure that your mirror film meets your exact specifications and fits your needs. 

 

Discover your wide range of options for privacy film when you contact NGS, the Film and Glass experts