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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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sandy hook advisory Commission final report

A.L.I.C.E. Program for School Safety & Window Films

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A.L.I.C.E. School Safety Program & 3 Pillars of School Safety

The ALICE School Safety Program (Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate) is popular and well-known amongst school safety resource officers. We at National Glazing Solutions have been particularly active with the program and have even made presentations at seminars examining hardening physical buildings with film and how that relates to the ALICE School Safety Program

Windows Amid The ALICE School Safety Program

Interestingly enough, windows play a crucial role in the ALICE system. How? During the lockdown stage, potential student-victims and school employees are isolated in various sections/places with the intent of keeping them safe and separated from the intruder(s) or active shooters or other threats. Safety film coated windows are a great shield or barrier between the shooter/intruder and then innocent victims. (Regular windows are little or no protection at all.) The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission reported in its final report that Window Film was a recommended upgrade to exterior windows. SANDY HOOK ADVISORY COMMISSION FINAL REPORT

Windows are the “Achilles heel” and typical point of entry for an intruder or active shooter and thus critical that they be evaluated as part of the overall building hardening. Unfortunately, school shootings seem to have become a regular part of our lives in recent years, and all available safety precautions must be analyzed for employment.

Three Pillars of School Safety (Open Loop Method)

By the same token, school safety can be thought of in another way, as a 3-Pillar School Safety Plan (Open Loop). This safety method or philosophy involves Safe Facilities, School Disaster Management, and Risk Reduction and Resilience Education.

It doesn’t take a PH.D to realize that in the 3-Pillar Approach, safety film windows are a tremendous asset. Safety film windows certainly make the facility safer, aid in disaster management by increasing options, and assist in reducing risk and increasing resilience.

School Safety Solution

At National Glazing Solutions we strive to make schools and other public buildings as safe as possible with our safety solutions directed at and for potential criminal activity and severe weather. We want to help you, your school, business, or organization to be a safer place for patrons, employees, and students & teachers… Contact us for more information at SECURITY (at) NationalGlazingSolutions.com click soon!

TRI-SHIELD Video series

TRI-SHIELD (security film) installation and performance video series published

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NGS launches a 2 part video series designed to educate & demonstrate safety & security film application, TRI-SHIELD, along with wetglaze and Z profile attachment system from Madico Inc.  The first video is the demonstration video which discusses the application and test specimens that the forced entry simulation will be performed on. This video titled “Safety Window Film Forced Entry Education & Demonstration” delivers a comprehensive and transparent explanation of forced entry applications with a focus on TRI-SHIELD in order to  educate design/ construction and commercial property professionals about safety & security film applications for forced entry protection.

The next video in the series titled “Safety-Security film & Attachment System Installation Tutorial” reviews the tools, techniques and products necessary to properly install heavy gauge security films and attachment systems. The video is the first in a planned series to build a safety film certification program for TRI-SHIELD & heavy gauge film installations to establish a much needed standard in a fragmented industry.

Enjoy and stay tuned for the next video & blog updates from the pros at National Glazing Solutions LLC

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Using Safe Contractors = Project Success

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Safety rules and regulations are developed and implemented for valid reasons. These rules save lives and prevent injuries. It is of the utmost importance that contractors adhere to all safety rules and regulations during an ongoing job or project. At National Glazing Solutions (855-979-8546) our team understands proper protocol and takes no shortcuts on the solar, security, specialty, and other window film solution projects we perform.

Project Safety

No one wants to see an injury during the completion of a project. That is a given. However, adherence to safety protocol is a much deeper subject. Not only are human lives and property important – but local, state, and federal government regulations are stringently enforced, and extremely heavy fines and disciplinary measures are taken against companies that violate safety rules and specific codes and safety procedures.

Contractor Safety Standards

An organization should always be careful to hire a safe, law-abiding, and ethical company (like National Glazing Solutions) to perform contracting work that is at all dangerous and/or governed by specific safety codes. You do not need uneducated or unsafe/careless contractors working on your premises. Your contractor should have standards and guidelines above the required minimums set by law.

Quality + Safety = Success

Companies need quality work done and installed in a timely manner, while also keeping within the parameters of safety. Common sense also matters. This is particularly true in an industry like our own (Window Film Industry) that uses much glass and film in hard to access areas. Quality plus safety equals success. To a company like our own, people matter – whether our own, yours, or bystanders. One safety mistake is one too many.

Conclusion

Adherence to safety rules and regulations is a MUST for contractors. Unfortunately, many see this as an area to cut corners and save money for profit. National Glazing Solutions (855-979-8546) practices safety, and does not cut corners or take risks. Our promise is to provide the best window film products & installation services in a safe and timely manner, in adherence to all necessary government & project safety precautions.

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.