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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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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

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Window Film Building Rendering

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Window Film Building Renderings, Seeing is Believing

Many commercial property owners and asset managers seek out energy retrofits for their properties and look to window film for one of those options due to the compelling ROI’s and ease of implementation. These same individuals also are concerned about how the building will look after you apply a window film retrofit. The energy efficiency team at National Glazing Solutions LLC understands this and thus why we have developed a window film building rendering capability. This capability allows us to demonstrate what the glazing might look like after an interior or exterior 3M window film retrofit has been applied. Commercial window film retrofits more often than not improve the appearance of a building by eliminating “patchy” looking facades by muting the effects of window treatments. Window films are being used more and more to create improved appearance as one of the primary objectives. Keep in mind there are many types of spectrally select window films that are virtually invisible on the glass and do not enhance or change the look of the glazing. These films are used to eliminate hot spots or reduce heat gain on south or west elevations only without changing the overall look of the building. Spectrally select films are also great options for historical buildings that cannot change the look of the facade.

National Glazing Solutions Free Professional Services

Regardless of what the primary objective is for a window film project, architects, engineers and construction professionals around the country come to National Glazing Solutions for world class energy engineering, building rendering, design and installation expertise. Our in-house engineers will assist in identifying opportunities for savings and help you find potential rebates or grants to improve your project ROI. Contact our team of pro’s today to learn more about our premier services that are 100% free for qualified projects. Contact us at 866.925.2083 or email us info [at] nationalglazingsolutions.com

NGS Heads to the SEMA Show to Bring Back the Latest in Film Applications

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The SEMA Show is the most influential trade event in the world for manufacturers of automotive specialty products, including window films for tinting, security, storm safety, solar protection and printed graphics. More than 60,000 trade professionals are expected to attend the event November 3– 6.

Naturally, National Glazing Solutions (NGS) wouldn’t miss it. More than 2,000 new products will be debuted from more than 2,000 manufacturers, spanning a whopping million square feet in the massive Las Vegas Convention Center. 3M Window Film, Solar Gard and Madico will all be there in force.

According to James Beale, managing partner and vice president of sales for NGS, “It’s critical for us to soak up everything the SEMA show has to offer, so we can stay connected with ‘what’s next’ and bring the latest options back to our customers.”

In addition to new products, the SEMA Show hosts “Education Days”, which includes more than five dozen sessions on industry trends, breaking technologies and advancements in customer service.

“What we learn from these thought leaders is invaluable across all areas of our business,” Patrick Coyle, managing partner and vice president of operations for NGS, said. “We come back truly inspired, with ideas we can implement to improve our offerings to customers throughout the coming year.”

But SEMA isn’t all work. It wouldn’t be Vegas without a little time set aside for (industry-related) play. SEMA is known for its celebrity appearances, and 3M alone will be bringing along favorites from the Discovery Channel, including Chip Foose from “Overhaulin’” and Charley Hutton and K.C. Mathieu from “Fast N Loud”. Rutledge Wood from the History Channel’s “Top Gear” and “Lost in Transmission” will also be in attendance. VIP customer appreciation parties also come with the territory for companies like NGS.

Learn more about the SEMA Show and stay up to date with NGS trade activities on social media.

[SOURCES: http://www.windowfilmmag.com/2015/10/heres-what-youll-see-at-sema-next-week/; http://www.semashow.com]
NGS Named "UBER" of Window Film Industry

NGS Named “UBER” of Window Film Industry

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National Glazing Solutions, the nationwide leader in window film solutions and installation, has been ranked again in the top window film dealers in the United States. The rankings were published in Window Film Magazine in September 2015 and NGS was ranked across all categories.

This is not the first time that NGS has been ranked in the top window film dealers in the United States. In September 2013 NGS also was also featured in the rankings as the number 1 commercial window film dealer in the United States. This time around, the firm was ranked number 1 for leanest operation.

Because of the success NGS has enjoyed, Window Film Magazine published an article alongside its rankings calling the company the “Uber of Window Film”  READ STORY HERE.  This comparison was drawn because of the incredibly successful way in which the company has implemented such a lean operation. The lean operation NGS has managed to implement is very similar to the taxi firm who have found worldwide success using subcontractors.

This business model has helped NGS to bring in $375,000 in sales per employee, over $100,000 per employee more than second place. The article paid tribute to the sophisticated infrastructure which allows the company to manage up to 50 installations a day, every day.

“But being the third-ranked top-selling (and leanest) film installation company in the U.S. isn’t just because of its sub-contractors,” said Window Film Magazine. “NGS also has a sophisticated infrastructure in place to manage a high volume of jobs.”

The infrastructure NGS has in place was put to good use recently, when they installed film on 1,500 banks from Maine to Miami in just one month. This demonstrates what a great infrastructure the company has to enable them to operate successfully from coast to coast.

NGS have many successes to shout about at the moment:

-The company has a bright future ahead with projected revenue up by 25% to $6 million in 2015

Multiple high profile corporate headquarter projects underway around the USA with new national accounts coming onboard every quarter

-In February this year NGS was recognized as Solar Gard’s “Panorama Dealer of the Year 2014”.

-NGS has also developed a proprietary anti-intrusion system designed for retail called Tri-Shield. A series of videos displaying the power of this system in action are available on the website.

– Industry leading education and training to establish modeling and installation standards

-NGS is also one of only a handful of window film companies to have been awarded a GSA contract.

GSA contract Number for NGS

GSA contract Number for NGS

 

 

 

-Uniquely, NGS is the only window film contractor in the United States to have in-house engineering for modeling buildings.

With all of this in mind, the future looks bright for NGS. James Beale, Managing Partner & VP of Sales said, “The company has the right resources and is focused on the right things. That makes all the difference in the world.”

National Glazing Solutions, LLC, is recognized as a nationwide leader in solar, security, specialty, and printed film solutions since 2009. They aim to provide quality installation services which meet their clients’ budget and project objectives. NGS has been recognized as the top commercial window film dealer in the United States in September 2013 and as running the leanest operation in September 2015.