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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.

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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Size Matters – for Window Film Projects

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Size Matters…For Window Film Projects

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

SPEC RESCUE – Oversimplifying Existing Glass

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When calculating energy savings from the application of window film, window film specs are important to consider. Learn more about calculating energy savings below.

Imagine you are trying to calculate savings from a lighting retrofit and the options for existing lighting were:

  • LED
  • Fluorescent
  • Metal Halide
  • LPS

These four are simple enough to distinguish from one another but are woefully inadequate within the category to calculate savings.

However, this is what almost every window film technology provider does when they consider the existing glass as:

  • Clear single pane
  • Clear double pane
  • Tinted single pane
  • Tinted double pane

Technology is readily available by Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Window and Daylighting Group (https://windows.lbl.gov/) that allows anyone to calculate nearly 500,000 glass and window film specs combinations in about an hour.

Your client has real glass and real film combinations that will dramatically impact calculated ROI – don’t make the mistake of oversimplifying the glazing improvement.

 

National Glazing Solutions Awarded GSA Contract

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Sometimes we do not equate the government with efficiency, but the GSA (General Services Administration) of the Federal Government has been working to change that perception. The GSA is the premier acquisition tool of the United States Government, and its recent agreement with National Glazing Solutions demonstrates its commitment to efficiency and effective budgeting.

GSA & National Glazing Team-up

The GSA and National Glazing Solutions have entered into a win-win situation. How? National Glazing is the number 1 tint/window film company in America, handling 3M window tint, solar window film, safety & security window tint, energy efficient films/tints, custom printed glass films, and numerous other safety and security-oriented products. GSA has tapped-into their quality products/services at a great rate. But, GSA also does this with respect to other industries. Everybody wins.

GSA Schedules Assist Vendors & Small Businesses/Large Businesses

The GSA not only purchases the best products and services at great prices, but they are committed to assisting vendors and businesses (large companies and especially small businesses) with succeeding amid the government marketplace.

GSA Schedules are fast, easy, and effective contracting vehicles. The agency provides long-term contracts with companies to provide millions of items to governmental agencies at discount costs ($50 billion/year/10% of all Federal Government procurement).

Vendor Participation With GSA

Vendors wanting to be successful under the GSA Schedules Program need to take the proper steps to be productive in a competitive environment. The vendor’s time and financial investment are initially high (as is GSA’s investment in firms), but the sales quantity, distribution mechanism, and prestige are well-worth the efforts.

It is a matter of careful planning, accurate analysis, and proactive implementation to be a successful GSA contract holder under the GSA Schedules Program. Like National Glazing Solutions, it may well be that your organization can do business with the General Services Administration. Keep in mind that 80% of GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contractors are small businesses (representing 36% of sales).

The GSA constantly updates its offerings. One of National Glazing Solutions core growth strategies is to increase business by selling 3M window tint, Solar Gard, Madico safety shields, Blast mitigation films, and other items by working with the administration. Government contracting officers buy direct today from NGS through GSA advantage NGS GSA contract# GS-07F-152CA

NGS named Panorama dealer of the year

NGS Named Dealer of The Year

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We’re very proud to announce that National Glazing Solutions, LLC has been recognized as Solar Gard’sPanorama Dealer of the Year 2014’ at the 9th Annual Panorama Dealers Meeting. The event took place last month from February 19th to 21st and was attended by James Beale, Managing Partner and Vice President of Sales, and Patrick Coyle, Managing Partner and Vice President of Operations.

Since 2009, NGS has been the national leader in solar, security and custom film applications. We were recognized as the #1 Commercial Window Film Company in the USA in the September 2013 edition of the Window Film Magazine. With these recent honors we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our board, management team, staff, business partners, and others associated with NGS who have helped us achieve these accomplishments.

The Panorama Dealer Meeting

It’s always a tremendous opportunity for firms such as ours to be invited to such an event. The event took place in Hotel Valley Ho of Scottsdale, Arizona, which drew more than 150 attendees associated with the Panorama Dealer Program. Featuring a mid-century décor that was truly a spectacle for all to see, this annual meeting is always crucial in increasing end consumer value.

The construction and development sector has been performing steadily over the past two years, mostly due to the commitment and perseverance shown by the prominent players in the industry. The event featured six guest speakers along with multiple workshops, with the crowning jewel of the night being the 350th year anniversary of Saint-Gobain. Workshops and sessions were dedicated to optimizing personal branding, reaching consumers online and offline, implementing new & upgraded selling technology, and marketing tactics to reach and sustain the end user market.

A Night Full of Stars

In addition to the speaker sessions and workshops, the meeting also focused on live academy training classes with certifications offered to dealers who are strategically positioned to market Solar Gard’s Ecolux™, a breakthrough in low emissivity energy window film technology for all season, yearlong energy conservation and comfort.

In an eccentric 1960s inspired night, the welcome cocktails started the proceedings for what was an educational, resourceful, and family friendly event. The group dinner featured family game activities where all the key players in the industry donned their 1960s attire to perfection.

As proud authorized Panorama dealers, NGS, along with other firms, was recognized for its business partnership and encouraged to offer best practices in business tools and resources. The award ceremony kicked off with David Capps of AAA Glass Tint, Inc. taking home the Outstanding Panorama Project – Commercial. Mike Shanahan of Armor Glass Tinting was presented with the Outstanding Panorama Business Growth after a strong year of sales and sustained consumer base.

As the night was about to approach its conclusion, James Beale and Patrick Coyle took the center stage to accept the “Panorama Dealer of the Year” award.. On behalf of the senior management at NGS, I would like to thank you all of the NGS team, affiliates and partners for making it possible, we look forward to continued success.

DEGREE-DAYS & WINDOW FILM EFFICACY?

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Figure 1 – Typical Shell Building

Can degree-days be used to determine where energy efficient window film should be considered? If so, how many cooling degree-days (CDD) are ‘enough’ to justify consideration of window film? Also, what about the heating penalty from window film and the heating degree-days (HDD) for the location under consideration? Is it enough to see a location like Sacramento where CDD are relatively low? What about New York City where HDD are 4 times CDD1 – will that alone make it a bad candidate?

The purpose of this blog is to illustrate the shortcomings of this type of estimation using CDD and HDD as the go/no-go gauge for energy efficient window film. In fact, I will use another type of estimation to make this judgment which leaves it up to the reader to determine whether one form of estimation is better than another. The estimation we will use to make the comparison is the eQuest energy simulation modeling software for a 10-story hotel with dual-pane clear glass and 30% window-to-wall ratio. The HVAC system is a 4-pipe fan coil with chilled water and hot water (chilled water COP=4.5 and hot water heating efficiency = 85%).

Results

When considering HDD, Figure 2 below shows significantly similar results between HDD and eQuest heating penalty. This means, as one would expect, in cities where significant space heating is required the application of solar control window film produces a proportional heating penalty. In this case, for this data set, HDD was a good predictor of heating penalty

[1] Degree-Day data from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/climateproducts.html

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Figure 2 – HDD and Heating Penalty

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Figure 3 – CDD and Cooling Savings

But what about CDD? Does CDD correlate well with cooling (kWh) savings? As you can see in Figure 3 below, CDD does not correlate well with simulated savings from eQuest.

CONCLUSIONS

First, it should be mentioned that these were the first five (5) cities chosen for comparison – they were not cherry-picked to tell a particular story.

To be sure, the small size of this data set does not allow for the conclusion that heating penalty can be predicted reliably by HDD. This data set may show a trend but it is too early to make a conclusion.

However, this small data set is enough to show that cooling savings cannot be predicted by CDD.

What also cannot be concluded from this data is why HDD has a better correlation to heating penalty than CDD has with cooling savings, although there are some reasonable possibilities:

  • a large part of heating losses in winter is conduction and HDD is related to conduction since conduction is proportional to delta-T between inside and outside
  • cooling savings is complex because in addition to conductive heat transfer (like HDD), we have to consider radiative heat transfer (solar radiation) in cooling when the sun angle and solar heat gain are high

What other considerations do you think explain the difference in these Figures?

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Energy Simulation Starting Point~ A Shell Game

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Figure "A" square building model

Figure “A” Rectangular Building Shell

Figure "B" T-Shape building Model

Figure “B” T-Shaped Building Shell

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Figure “C” Actual Building with Appropriate Shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An important aspect of being an energy solutions provider is to be able to determine energy savings through energy modeling simulation thereby allowing the customer to consider the improvement in the building performance as a result of changing one (or more) component(s).

An outline of the steps of construction and QA can be as follows:

  • Construct building shells significantly similar to the actual building,
  • Use engineering skills and available building audit data to create similar energy systems,
  • Perform simulation Quality Assurance (QA) through
    • Utility bill analysis,
    • Comparison to Energy Star Energy Use Intensity1 (EUI), and
    • Comparison to proportional energy use (PEU) for that location
  • If an Investment Grade Audit (IGA) has been performed you can integrate much more of the energy systems audit data

Note the first step is constructing a building shell that is significantly similar to the actual building.  Let’s assume your building is the hotel picture in Figure “C”.  What if your energy solutions provider returned a 30-page report with a building that looked like Figure “A” or Figure “B”?  Consider now your option to receive a report where your simulated building looks like Figure “C”.  Or alternatively, consider your subcontractor turned in the report in Figure “A” and your competitor’s subcontractor turned in the report using Figure “C” as its starting point.

There is a saying here – they could both be wrong but they can’t both be right.  The rest of the steps above will come into play to determine whether both are wrong but even if the results in Figure “A” came close, what confidence would you have?  Start at the beginning – make sure you are receiving building shells that are significantly similar to your actual building.  Then you can proceed to generate baseline results that are statistically correlated to actual consumption. Contact us today to get started with a free building analysis and if we see potential savings that meet your criteria our team offers M&V to confirm our modeling results. We look forward to hearing from you or your engineering team, call us at 866.925.2083 x 808 or info (at) NationalGlazingSolutions.com