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DINOC & Belbien: The “eco” Architectural Solution

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DINOC & Belbien: The “eco” Architectural Solution

It’s tempting to tear down and start over, but budget and operations considerations can put a damper on demo. With LEED considerations thrown in the mix, improving the appearance of spaces large and small demand a better alternative. Enter DINOC and Belbien architectural laminate—an excellent “eco” alternative.

Architectural laminates are a textured, hefty 8 millimeters thick vinyl and come in more than 400 style variations from wood grain, fabric, and metallic to stucco, stone, and others. Thanks to their high-tech adhesion and flexibility, transforming any smooth surface is possible, even areas with complex curves.

NGS has been using this dynamic, indoor/outdoor material for several years now with great success. One of our largest projects involved refreshing ten thousand square feet within the Dallas Convention Center.

Washington DC jeweler, IGorman, also needed a fresh take on its aging facade. The company selected a wood grain that matched the original. The end results? Both the finish and the final cost were a sight to behold. Said NGS Managing Partner, James Beale, “The store was completely overhauled with a stunning new & modern look for a fraction of the cost of replacing the original facade substrate.”

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NGS transforms clear glass into high-def LCD screens

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It only looks like magic: NGS transforms clear glass into high-def LCD screens.

With the click of a button — or a tap on your iPhone  — you can change a clear pane of glass into a frosted, privacy barrier. Even more impressive? Turning that clear pane of glass into an LCD screen to show a high definition video. Your audience will be amazed. And why wouldn’t they be? It’s the stuff of the future yet it’s available today thanks to National Glazing Solutions, a true innovation leader in the film and glazing industry.

This next-generation electrochromic film, can be retrofitted on existing glass and is 100% compatible with smart home automation systems. Additionally, it blocks up to 87% of Infrared and up to 98% of  UV rays. Of course you know what that means: heating and cooling bills are reduced. According to the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a building could save up to a whopping 8% of its energy if electrochromic film is used on its windows. Aiding in the cost-savings is the tiny amounts of electricity used to switch windows on and off. For example, 100 windows use approximately the same amount as one incandescent bulb. That’s a very big savings.

So just how does our electrochromic film work? A quick talk with one of our engineers will tell you electrochromic film is like building a sandwich of sorts. It’s constructed like this: On the inside surface — which points into the building — is a glaze of five super thin layers of chemicals. In the middle is a separator, which has two electrodes on each side. On top of those are electrical contacts. When a tiny charge is applied, ions travel from the separator to outer electrodes and reflect light to create the frosted appearance.

Now, if you want to know how we transform clear glass into a video display, well, that will take a lot longer than we have here. But still, it’s really cool, right?

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Solar Films

Why No Building Should Be Without Sunscreen

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Why No Building Should Be Without Sunscreen

If you’re unwittingly letting your building fry like a lobster, that’s your business. Slathering it up with sun protection is ours. Here’s why it matters. According to the International Window Film Association (IWFA), window film can stop more than 80% of the solar energy coming through windows, with up to a 30% reduction in cooling costs and some films up to 30% reduction in heat loss in the winter.. The IWFA notes that window film can even save seven times each dollar spent on replacement windows.

More than 250 window films have even been certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) for energy efficiency. (“Fenestration” means an opening in a building—basically, windows, doors and skylights). The NFRC is the same independent, nonprofit organization that rates glass windows. Ratings take into account factors including energy absorption, solar heat gain, air leakage and resistance to condensation.

As if energy savings weren’t a good enough reason for solar-savvy window film, this “sunscreen” also means:

  • UV protection for the people inside
  • Fewer hot spots
  • Less glare
  • Reduced fading of furniture, carpeting and artworks

According to James Beale, managing partner and vice president of sales for NGS, “Solar considerations have emerged as a major factor for our clients in weighing their window film options. Energy costs and ways to mitigate them should really be on every client’s window solution check list.”

Beale also pointed out that many clients have been taking their solar solutions to the next level with specialty solar-control window films in a variety of categories. These include traditional reflective, ceramic ultra-blocking, and spectrally select for preserving the highest degree of natural daylight.

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TRI-SHIELD security solutions

NGS installs 3M security film for an international developer’s marquis property in Atlanta

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NGS installs 3M security film for an international developer’s marquis property in Atlanta

So who’s the developer, and what’s the property? We’d tell you, but we’d have to kill you. As a leader in the commercial window film industry, NGS takes security seriously.

According to the latest crime reporting available from the FBI, more than two million burglaries took place in homes and offices in 2009, costing nearly five billion dollars in lost property. Sixty percent of the burglaries in 2009 involved forcible entry. Between the year 2000 and 2009, burglaries increased more than seven percent.

According to James Beale, managing partner and vice president of sales for NGS, “Smash-and-grabs are of increasing concern among our clients across the U.S., and not just in major cities. We’re working with businesses of every size on solutions.”

The recently completed Atlanta security installation is 22,000 square feet, and the scopes include a custom integration of 3M SH14 interior security film and 3M IPA/ Impact Protection Adhesive wet glaze attachment, plus 3M 7mil exterior security film for force entry protection. Strong, micro-layered safety and security window films from 3M are designed to hold glass together in the event of a break, while allowing natural light to pass through and maintaining the appearance of an office. An added bonus is energy conservation and lower energy bills.

“Security considerations should really be a component of any commercial window film solution,” Beale said. “It’s like the insurance you’d get for your car and your home as a matter of course. A little forethought and a small investment in window ‘insurance’ can save untold expenses should there be a break-in.”

NGS is currenlty working with property managers and retailer around the US to install proven forced entry protection systems like TRI-SHIELD.

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Aaron's Rents

Aaron’s Rents Makes a Bold Move—and NGS Goes with Them

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Aaron’s Rents Makes a Bold Move—and NGS Goes with Them

Aaron’s Rents is one of the largest rent-to-own retailers in the country, with more than 2,000 stores in 47 U.S. states and Canada. The furniture, electronics and appliances giant recently made the forward-looking decision to move from its headquarters of 55 years in the Atlanta Buckhead neighborhood to new headquarters in the Cobb Galleria.

Although the move is a pioneering one, Aaron’s won’t be alone. Many other companies based in Atlanta have considered re-locating from in-town neighborhoods to the Cobb Galleria due to sky-rocketing rents and worsening traffic. The Home Depot has already made the transition. These companies look to a better quality of life for employees with the development of the Braves SunTrust Park in Cobb county, which will be part of a new walkable, work-live-play community.

National Glazing Solutions was selected to provide the interiors package for Aaron’s Rents upgraded headquarters based on its strong track record of delivering outstanding solutions and services for new-fashioned HQ projects, including State Farm Insurance Co.

NGS project scopes at the new Aaron’s Rents headquarters include digitally printed wallcoverings, custom printed window films, dimensional signage, wayfinding graphics and Belbien wood-grain vinyl.

Wood-grain looks, in particular, have surged in popularity in 2016. According to managing partner and vice president of sales for NGS, “What’s old is new again. Wood-grain vinyl adds warmth and contrast to a modern office environment in a cost-effective, practical application that is both durable and easy to maintain.”

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State Farm Park Center

NGS Gives New State Farm Mega Campus Major Atmosphere

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NGS Gives New State Farm Mega Campus Major Atmosphere

In a prime example of “go big or go home,” State Farm Insurance Co. is building the largest corporate office project in Atlanta’s history, located on 17 acres in the Perimeter area of Dunwoody. Currently planned for completion by the end of the year, the Park Center campus will span an impressive 2.2 million square feet, including a 26-story tower connected to the Dunwoody MARTA station. The campus will be home to up to 10,000 employees.

National Glazing Solutions was selected by State Farm’s architect & general contractor to handle the interior graphics and film for this massive undertaking. Recognized as the leader in the commercial window film industry, NGS has the chops to bring an innovative vision for large scale interior graphics to life.

According to James Beale, managing partner and vice president of sales for NGS, “Large-scale interior graphics have been a huge trend in 2016. It gives companies like State Farm the most robust opportunity to truly customize their space as an environmental reflection of their brand.”

NGS project scopes at the State Farm Park Center include digitally printed wall coverings, 3M Fasara dusted crystal window film, custom printed window films, dimensional signage and wayfinding graphics. The 3M dusted crystal window film is a decorative glass film that allows for custom levels of privacy and transforms the look of clear glass while letting in light and maintaining an open feel. Dimensional signage and wayfinding graphics that are intuitive and effective are particularly important for a seamless experience throughout an office of this scale.

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Size matters

Size Matters – for Window Film Projects

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Size Matters

Size matters when it comes to window film jobs, according to one of the latest articles in Window Film Magazine. Window Film Magazine contacted National Glazing Solutions (NGS) to feature one of various large projects that NGS had completed recently to highlight the different window film applications in the commercial marketplace. The Project chosen was Sutter Health, a hospital in Northern California that NGS partnered with an ESCO on. The project took approximately 35 days and two installation teams to complete the installation at the campus. The film selected was Solar Gard Silver 20 reflective window film that achieved an incentive from the local utility company to help offset the cost of the project.

Energy Efficient Window Films Work for Hospitals

Solar control window films offer many benefits for commercial properties but hospitals in particular can benefit from the many benefits. In addition to the energy savings hospitals can benefit from the UV & glare rejection afforded by window film. Window film is endorsed by the american skin cancer society as an effective measure to reduce exposure to harmful UV rays that can cause skin damage and promote skin cancer.  Another ancillary benefit that this hospital achieved was an aesthetic overhaul that made the windows all look uniform and cleaned up the “patchwork” effect of seeing windows with clutter & different window treatments installed.

Contact the Pro’s at National Glazing Solutions to learn how window film can benefit your building and if there are incentives or available rebates available. Most property managers are not aware that the window film can pay for itself in under a year  with the combination of rebates and energy savings.

Call today 866.925.2083 or email info[at]NationalGlazingSolutions.com

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Field Survey Essentials for Successful Energy Modeling

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Field Survey Essentials for Successful Energy Modeling

Pardon the expression but have you ever heard the term “crap in equals crap out”? Successful energy engineers know that in order to have a credible model you have to have a credible baseline that accurately reflects the building profile in every category from HVAC & Mechanical configuration & efficiency’s to occupancy, lighting, plug loads & envelope etc. When you know this and you also understand that windows can account for up to 40% of heating loss in a commercial building and be responsible for excess strain on HVAC systems why would you guess at what the glass type & configuration is? I am guessing you wouldn’t do that, however we also run into buildings where no information on glazing is available and thus the problem.

NGS Delivers State of The Art Glazing Analysis

The glass guessing game is over. NGS has acquired the latest meter technology that glass manufacturers use to test samples from their manufacturing lines. Our field technicians can measure the thickness, configuration and what coatings are on the glass and even what surface they are on. We can even identify if the glass is laminated which is critical for understanding whether or not an applied film application is suitable or not.  We can take this information and develop a glazing profile in Windows that can be imported into equest to get an accurate glazing profile for modeling. Expert glazing analysis is what you should expect from a professional  envelope or window film contractor and thus why NGS is the leader in the perfomance contracting space with a suite of free professional services such as:

  • Field assessments
  • Glazing analysis
  • Energy Modeling
  • Building Renderings
  • Project budgeting
  • Incentive consultations- diligence
  • Post installation building renderings
  • Project Management & installation services
  • Largest selection of manufacturers products

Contact us today to discuss your project(s) and how we can support your efforts to be the most informed and the most competitive. 866.925.2083 info[at]nationalglazingsolutions.com

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3M Thinsulate Window Film

3M Thinsulate Window Film is insulation for your windows

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3M Thinsulate Window Film is insulation for your windows

3M company just released a category buster product with the new “THINSULATE” window film which 3M touts can help reduce heat loss by up to 38% making this product a viable alternative to replacing windows. Windows can be the Achilles heal to a building’s energy efficiency by allowing too much solar radiation to transmit in the summer and allowing too much energy to transfer from the interior to the exterior during winter months causing excess strain on HVAC systems.

 Eliminate the Need for Window Replacement in Energy Models

Replacing windows in an energy model can kill an ROI goal for an energy savings projects. 3M Thinsulate window film, according to 3M, is almost like adding another pane of insulation to an existing window in addition to rejecting up to 50+ % of the solar energy transmitting through the glass from the exterior. This product offers historical buildings and low budget energy projects never before achievable improvements to existing glazing without having to replace windows.

Contact the team of professionals at National Glazing Solutions to learn more or get a free building energy model for qualified projects. 866.925.2083 or info[at]nationalglazingsolutions.com

California Proposition 39 & window film

California Proposition 39 Now Includes Window Film

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California Prop 39 adopts Window Film as approved retrofit

California Proposition 39 now includes window film as an approved retrofit. The state of California and the California Energy Commission have adopted window film as an eligible retrofit for the California proposition 39 application process so that local educational agencies (LEA’s) can apply for funding to pay for 100% of the cost of the retrofit. The state has allocated approximately $313,000,000 for years 2015-2016 for eligible retrofits.

What Does this Mean for Schools?

This is an unprecedented opportunity for the window film industry and schools alike. LEA’s can request funding by submit an energy expenditure plan application to the California Energy Commission. The retrofit has to demonstrate a savings-to-investment ratio of at least 1.05. The energy project must also have a simple payback within the remaiaing period of the “Charter Contract Term”. The International Window FIlm Association (IWFA) has developed a calculator in partnership with CONSOL and the California Energy Comission to assist LEA’s and contractors in identifying if the project will meet the SIR goal of <1.05.  The calculator is at www.windowfilmcalculator.com and the project team at National Glazing Solutions LLC (CA license #977796) will be assisting LEAS with the application process and project implementation.

 Window Film Can Offer Both Energy and Security Benefits

Even more interesting for LEAS is that window film is the only energy retrofit that comes in security/ safety versions for assistance in delaying/ deterring forced entry events associated with active shooter scenarios. That being said California schools have the opportunity to reduce energy costs and potentially “harden” the perimeter of the building against forced entry events. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission release their final report on the finding from the Sandy Hook Elementary School active shooter event and stated one of the recommended retrofits was that a safety/ security window film be applied to existing glazing. California school now have an opportunity to implement the safety film upgrade with a solar control version to hit the SIR target.

Contact the team at National Glazing Solutions today to learn how we can support your efforts to apply for this money. 866.925.2083 info {at} NationalGlazingSolutions.com