TRI-SHIELD Manu-Spec & Technical Documents Released

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National Glazing Solutions technical team is proud to release the TRI-SHIELD advanced anti-intrusion system MANU-SPEC®  and supporting technical documents for architects and specifiers immediate use. This MANU-SPEC®  specifies security glazing film manufactured by National Glazing Solutions, LLC. Revised MANU-SPEC® section number and title below to suit project requirements, specification practices and section content. This MANU-SPEC®  also utilizes the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Project Resource Manual (PRM), including MasterFormat™, SectionFormat™ and PageFormat™. A MANU-SPEC is a manufacturer- specific proprietary product specification using the proprietary method of specifying applicable to project specifications and master guide specifications. Supporting information and technical documents can be found and downloaded from the REED Construction data site: “ADVANCED SECURITY WINDOW FILM”. Additional test and case study information can be requested from security (at) or calling 866.925.2083 x 801. Learn more today about TRI-SHIELD and why schools, national retailers and GOV buyers are choosing TRI-SHIELD.

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Window Film and the California Building Code

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Window film has been recognized as an energy efficient building product with its recent addition to the California building code. It is the first state in America to take such a decision which was approved by the California Energy Commission on May 2012. The matter taken by the commission came into effect on January 1, 2014.Window film is a polymer that offers energy efficiency advantages by reducing the HVAC operating costs in homes and buildings. Window films are best suitable for retrofit projects since the windows installed on most new buildings might be using high performance glazing confirming to the California building code.

What are the Advantages of Window Films?

The primary purpose of a window film is to block excessive solar heat entering through the glass. In addition, a good window film blocks 99% of the ultraviolet rays that are harmful to the human body and interior furnishings. It also rejects most of the infrared rays which are the main reasons for radiant heat inside a room. It can drastically reduce the HVAC operating costs because spectrally selective window films can block undesirable heat while allowing desirable daylight to the room.

The Quality Standards of Window Films as Per California Building Code:

The following conditions are insisted when installing window films under the California building code.

  1. National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Certification label: The NFRC is a non-profit organization that provides quality assurance to fenestration products like windows, doors and skylights. It provides the consumer a certification label that indicates how well the product will perform the way it was assured by the manufacturer.
  2. International Window Film Association’s (IWFA) Visual Quality Standards: The IWFA is a combined body of window film manufactures, dealers and distributors to foster awareness and to conduct research on the use and benefits of window films. It adopted the visual quality standards for window films in May 1999.More information about the visual quality standards is available at
  3. Name of the Manufacturer: IWFA maintains a list of manufacturers of window films that meet highest industry standards.
  4. Ten Years Warranty Certificate: Most reputed manufacturers provide ten years or higher warranty to their window films.
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PACE Financing

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Green energy initiatives for buildings are the most insightful methods of achieving energy efficiency in the U.S. However, the high cost of these programs may discourage a building owner to come forward and prepare a plan of action for this. To overcome this barrier, a program called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance with its original name “On-Tax Bill Solar and Efficiency Financing” was introduced. California was the first state to legally implement PACE financing program and now legislation is in force within 31 states and in the District of Columbia.

The Structure of PACE Financing Program:

Under this program, local governments create “land-secured financing districts” wherein property owners join voluntarily to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. They give loans to the property owners for the purpose which would be paid back through property taxes or other locally collected tax. The cost of the improvement is tied to the property itself and not to the property owner. If the property is sold during the tenure, the repayment obligation is also legally transferred to the buyer.

How PACE Financing Works for a Typical Project?

The PACE program may differ slightly depending on the legislation and circumstances in a local area. However, the program consists of the following steps involving the property owner, licensed contractors like National Glazing Solutions (NGS), local government and financial institutions.

1. The property owner needs to engage a licensed contractor who has been authorized to conduct an energy audit or site evaluation as per location-specific PACE terms and conditions.

2. Once a quote is given by the auditor, the property owner applies to the local administrator of PACE financing program.

3. Once the project is approved by the local administrator and installation is complete, the total cost of the installation is paid to the installer directly.

4. The property owner pays the loan back to the administrator through an increase in property valuation and tax..

5. No upfront cash needed except a small fee at the time of making the application.

6. If the property is sold, the liability to pay the loan is transferred to the buyer and does not need to be repaid in escrow.

What are the Major Benefits of PACE Financing in Fenestration Measures?

Through PACE financing, building owners can spread the cost of energy improvements over the lifetime of the building, increasing the property value and reducing utility bills. Further, homes and buildings with energy improvements both lease and sell faster than those without. PACE projects create large-scale employment opportunities in the community, especially in the building construction and energy improvements sector. Building owners can become code compliant and energy efficient under the relevant building codes. For example, as per the latest California Building Codes and under 2013 California Residential Title 24 Energy Code updates, windows and glass door products must have U-factor of 0.58 or lower for vertical fenestration. The 2013 Non-Residential Title 24 Energy Code updates stipulate that buildings need increased fenestration requirements to reduce solar gains and increase in visual light transmittance for day lighting.

PACE Financing Statistics:

PACE Legislation is present in 31 US states and in the District of Columbia covering about 80% of the total U.S. population. Active discussion on implementation is going on in states like Texas, Oregon, Ohio and Utah. About 24% of the PACE implemented projects consist of multifamily buildings, 21% of the projects belong to office buildings and about 19% of the projects are in the services sector. The current largest PACE project is a deep-retrofit efficiency hotel project in Universal City, CA, which received around $7 million of project financing

Contact NGS to find out if your project could qualify for PACE financing @ 866.925.2083


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N.G.S. Continues Expansion in Architectural Finishes Space

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Architectural finishes for wall and hard surfaces are gaining momentum in the commercial construction space due to cost, minimal impact on operations, LEED consideration, and the dramatic overhaul in the appearance of a wall, desk or ceiling space. N.G.S. is investing in training multiple additional crews in the specific application of products like 3M Dinoc & Belbien. These products come in wood grain, metal finish and textured finish options that can conform to curved surfaces providing a natural look and feel.  N.G.S was called in to rescue the facade of an I Gorman jewelry store that had another architectural finish installed that had started to discolor and look prematurely aged only months after install. N.G.S project managers identified the appropriate 3M Dinoc wood grain material that matched closely to the original architectural finish that was decaying on the exterior.  The finished product was a rejuvenated looking facade that the client was extremely happy with. N.G.S. has already procured multiple contracts in 2014 for tens of thousands of square feet of architectural finishes on interior surfaces at private and public use spaces that will be published on the website in late spring. Architects and design professionals are encouraged to contact us at 866-925-2083 to discuss potential projects with one of our in house project managers to learn more about the potential of Dinoc & Belbien finishes for new construction, remodel or renovation projects that are looking for high design with a budget in mind.

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Completing the Organizational Chart of a Construction Company

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National Glazing Solutions LLC (N.G.S) is proud to announce continued investment in our energy solutions division with the hiring of Mark Carlson, CEM & Energy Solutions Engineering Manager.

Why has N.G.S. invested in the cost of bringing engineering and quality control resources in house that are typically available at no charge from product manufacturers?  Simply put, vertical integration improves communication among our technical and sales resources as well as between all our resources and our clients.  Our clients receive the very best engineering and quality control (as well as the best prices) when both engineering and sales are reporting up to the same management team.

At N.G.S., we value our manufacturing partners like 3M, Madico, Saint Gobain, & Eastman Chemical that are world-class product manufacturers.  However, when you consider the organizational complexity of the country’s largest construction contractors like N.G.S., the titles and geographies might change but they are similar in their core: Administration, Estimating, Operations, and Quality Control.  N.G.S. has brought Mark on board to benefit our nationwide customer base and continue to separate ourselves as the industry leader – provide benefits to our clients that are unique in our industry.

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N.G.S. invests in proprietary iPhone application

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N.G.S. has begun development on a proprietary iPhone & iPad application to create a completely paperless process for our installers and field project managers. Patrick Coyle, VP of Operations, states:

“We have recognized for some time that a seamless and paperless transaction would be of substantial value to our clients. No more physical signed documents or paperwork  would need to be submitted thereby providing real time information to our national clients in a similar fashion that you can track deliveries from UPS or FedEx”.

N.G.S. currently deploys a couple of technology platforms designed to speed the transfer of information and pictures from the field but none that would enable signature capture and customization tailored for each client. Management anticipates that the application will be in operation by spring of 2014.

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N.G.S. Named #1 Commercial Film Dealer in U.S.A

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National Glazing Solutions LLC was recognized by Window Film Magazine, the leading industry trade magazine, in September 2013 as being the #1 commercial window film dealer in the United States.

NGS # 1 commercial dealer in US

NGS # 1 commercial dealer in US

Dealers from around the United States were nominated by IWFA (International Window Film Association) participating manufacturers. Window Film Magazine and members of the board of the IWFA then evaluated the nominees based on gross sales, go to market strategy and growth. Managing partners James Beale & Patrick Coyle were thrilled with the recognition and point to the continued team efforts by all N.G.S. staff with a continued focus on customer service. National Glazing Solutions LLC  continues to lead the industry in energy modeling, security film applications and national account programs. James & Patrick plan to roll out new technology in 1st quarter 2014 that will dramatically change the way information is processed from the field.

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N.G.S. Purchases New HQ in King Plow Arts Center

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National Glazing Solutions LLC is proud to announce its recent investment in the City of Atlanta’s historic West Midtown at the King Plow Arts Center. The King Plow Arts Center is a nationally registered historic building and

King Plow Arts Center

King Plow Arts Center

houses a wide mixture of cultural, design and production companies and professionals. N.G.S. managing partners James Beale & Patrick Coyle felt it was time to invest in a space in the city to bring the company into the pulse of the design & construction community. The location also allows N.G.S. employees to easily access the airport from the office as well as all the major design and  construction firms that dot the map in Atlanta. The space is located at 981 Jospeh E lowery BLVD, NW STE 106 Atlanta GA 30318 and is currently under renovation and slated for a grand opening in January 2014.

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National Glazing Solutions Unveils Tri-Shield

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National Glazing Solutions (NGS),  reveals the company’s proprietary Tri-Shield smash & grab protection window film system at GlobalShop 2013 in Chicago from April 16 -18. NGS will also feature other innovations for glass and walls, including solar control, anti-graffiti, privacy, custom-printed and specialty window films, in addition to signage scopes at Booth #1357.

We put our resources to work in developing Tri-Shield, a smash & grab protection, retrofit system for glass that is proven to deter smash-and-grab crimes. Unlike other popularly accepted security glass applications, Tri-Shield is the only retrofit system that meets stringent requirements for ASTM F1233 level 1.0 protection against physical attacks using blunt objects, like a 12-pound ball-peen hammer. Lab results verify the following specs for Tri-Shield:

  •  Anti- intrusion = ASTM F1233 level 1.0
  • Human Impact = ANSI Z-97.1 Unlimited
  • CPSC 16 CFR part 1201 Category II
  • Hurricane = ASTM E-1886/E-1996 Large Missile Impact Category B
  • Blast Mitigation = GSA performance condition 3A


To demonstrate Tri-Shield’s performance, NGS will present a live smash test during the show on Wednesday, April 16 from 1:30 to 1:45.

“By reputation, we develop best-in-class solutions for our national retail partners,” says James Beale, NGS Managing Partner and Vice President of Sales, who invites all to drop by Booth #1357.

To obtain additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact James Beale at james(at)nationalglazingsolutions(dot)com. View the field demo and actual break in footage shown Here VIDEO PR web info page: Tri-Shield press release