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Reduce Expenses and Improve Sustainability with Solar Window Film

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Another summer has begun and as we slog forward through the heat, it looks as though this summer could be another record breaker. Trying to keep cool at work during these excruciating summer months can be frustrating, wasteful, and very expensive.

There is a much more affordable and sustainable way to beat the heat this summer (and every summer after), rather than cranking up the AC in your building.

If you’re tired of seeing your utility bills skyrocket in the summer, maybe it’s time to think about how you can give your chillers a break and ease the strain on your budget at the same time. Maybe it’s time to find out about all the ways that solar window film can help your business.

Solar Window Film – Like Sunscreen for Your Building, The Benefits are Proven

We’ve all been told since we were young to wear sunscreen. Even writer/director/producer Baz Luhrmann wrote a song based around its proven long-term benefits. Unfortunately, no one ever mentioned how to protect your business from the sun’s damaging effects.

The sun can inflict a negative impact on your business in many ways. It can create a solar glare that impedes workplace functionality; it can cause damage like fading and cracking to merchandise or company equipment. Solar heat gain in the workplace can also put a strain on your company’s utility bill, not to mention the effects all these have on employee productivity.

Lucky for you, NGS provides one of the largest arrays of national window tinting solutions, including multiple options for solar window films. In addition, the professionals at NGS will do an assessment to determine the options that would best benefit your unique situation.

Choosing the proper solar window film can help you:

  • Reduce cooling and heating costs
  • Minimize environmental impact
  • Lower electric lighting expenses
  • Protect assets from long-term sun damage
  • Increase productivity in the workplace

Make Decisions for Your Future

One of the most important things successful business leaders do is make decisions. The best decisions can ensure your company’s long-term sustainability and guide you into the future. In these days of record-breaking heat, finding the proper national window tinting solutions for your needs has become one of those future-minded decisions you need to make.

Solar window film provides a low-cost, easy solution to many of the efficiency problems your company currently deals with. NGS provides you with the professional knowledge and expertise you need to make the best choices for your company’s future.

 

Contact us to learn how you can beat the heat with the wide variety of solar window film available at NGS. And checkout the US Green Building Council’s video about the historic Commerce Tower in Kansas City – where NGS installed 66,000 square feet of Low E Film:

5 Unexpected Recurring Benefits of Window Film

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We all know that window film reduces heat and glare, and also saves significantly on HVAC costs, but what most people don’t realize is that window film provides a wide range of benefits to businesses and their buildings.

In no particular order, here are just five of the benefits that we came up with.

  1. Lowered Inventory Replacement Costs

You’ve seen those companies that have unsightly, cracked, faded, and worn-out merchandise on display. And you don’t want to be one of them. That’s why you rotate your stock, cover your display windows, and replace inventory. Often.

Inventory replacement costs add up, especially for your stores in sunshiny states like Arizona and California, so you’ll be relieved to hear that solar window film blocks nearly 100% of UV rays from getting inside your store and harming your merchandise.

  1. Improved Health

We’ve all heard the advice from the Skin Cancer Foundation: wear sunscreen even on cloudy days, and reapply your sunscreen every few hours. But no one thinks to wear sunscreen indoors near a window, which is why the Skin Cancer Foundation also recommends using solar window film for your building.

Window film doesn’t have to be tinted to protect your—and your employees’—health. In fact, crystal clear films keep your building looking attractive and provide necessary UV protection to keep everyone safe.

  1. Increased Employee Productivity

This time of year can be very difficult for employees because the shorter days mean that they come to work in the dark, and they leave in the dark too. Studies prove that employees work better with natural light than with artificial light (and artificial light costs a lot too), so maximizing the little sunlight we have at this time of year is a good idea.

With Daylight Redirection Film, a high-tech type of window film manufactured with micro-planes like tiny prisms inside it, light will be redirected away from the floor and towards the ceiling. This extends light further into the room to keep natural light on your employees for more of their day.

  1. More Attention on Your Building

There’s nothing that says “out of date” like bronzed window film, and there’s nothing that says “low cost” like a facade filled with thousands of unsightly and crooked venetian blinds. Studies show that people really dislike ugly, boring structures, so updating your building with window film is sure to get you more positive attention.

In addition to the typical mirrored films building managers often use to modernize their windows, there are also video projection films, smart glass installations that change from frosted to clear at the tap of your smartphone screen, and anti-graffiti films that make it easy to keep all your glass beautiful at all times.

  1. Better Warmth

People often think of window films as a heat-reduction measure, but they don’t often realize that effective film can keep cold air out too!

Like a cozy, clear sweater for your windows, Low Emissivity films (called “Low E” for short) insulate your windows year round, keeping your building occupants comfortable and reducing wear and tear on your heating and cooling systems. These next generation Low E films can stop up to as much as 42% heat loss associated with the glazing.

What Does Your Building Need?

Remember, this is only a short list out of the many cost-saving improvements that window film brings to your building. Your company will probably experience even more benefits than this.

With installation from NGS Films and Graphics that works around your schedule, there’s no reason you should deny yourself the pleasure that window film can bring to your organization. This year, it’s time to give yourself the gift that keeps on giving for years to come: window film.

 

Contact NGS at (866) 925-2083 to discover the wide range of solutions and benefits available to you.

The Big Picture: Corporate Sustainability and Window Film

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The Big Picture: Corporate Sustainability and Window Film

It’s hot outside – and it’s getting hotter every day. Whether you’re an environmentalist or you think climate change is nonsense, today’s post is worth a read – because sustainability is about a lot more than the planet. It’s also about your profits.

It’s time we all acknowledged the elephant in the room. Let’s talk about corporate sustainability.

What Exactly Is Corporate Sustainability?

Though the term “sustainable” has become a stand-in for “environmentally friendly,” corporate sustainability rests on a trio of intertwined practices, often referred to as “people, planet, and profits.” Companies considered “sustainable,” must take action to support:

  1. Global Societies

The rise of globalization has increased competition worldwide, and has consequently provided economic advantages for formerly isolated countries with a low cost of living and low wages.

Today’s booming businesses have unprecedented freedom to keep their margins consistent by sourcing from an ever-widening network of providers – but the pre-modern labor policies in many developing nations can mean that inexpensive supplies and materials come at a devastating human cost.

Companies intent on sustainability perform due diligence on their suppliers and goods to ensure that what they’re buying was produced in a safe, healthy manner that didn’t take part in:

  • Child labor
  • Forced labor
  • Discrimination

Take Action: Start sustainability practices by choosing products, suppliers, and vendors committed to their workers. Although it may be impossible for you to personally investigate every link in your lengthy supply chain, responsible vendors will be able to report on their own supply chains and sustainability practices in depth.

  1. Planet Earth

You already know that sustainability ties into environmental responsibility, so we won’t belabor the point. In essence, protecting the planet’s scarce resources means you must:

  • Reduce waste
  • Limit your energy usage (your “carbon footprint”)
  • Take an environmentally precautionary approach when considering business changes or expansions

Take Action: Reducing your carbon footprint is usually the easiest place to begin your journey toward sustainability. These days, you have options for a wide range of attractive and affordable energy-saving enhancements for your company, including newer, all-season solar and Low E films or Daylight Redirecting Films that reduce the amount of energy you need to heat, cool, and even light your building, retail location, or office space.

  1. The Bottom Line

Many companies become so focused on their obligation to protect the earth and its people that they feel as if it’s not noble to focus on their own profits. That viewpoint couldn’t be further from the truth. Your profits matter for your own long-term sustainability as a company – as well as the long-term sustainability of your employees and their families.

It’s important to protect your bottom line.

Take Action: Sustainability in one area doesn’t overcome a lack of sustainability in other areas. It’s wrong to overlook human rights abuses in pursuit of a quick buck – and it’s also wrong to overlook your business profits in pursuit of the most expensive eco-friendly product on the market. Find affordable solutions.

Commit to Corporate Sustainability in Your Company

It doesn’t matter if you have 2 employees or 2,000, corporate sustainability is always a smart thing to focus on when you want to ensure long-term growth. Start small to succeed big over time.

Follow this framework as you plan your sustainability initiatives:

  • Determine your sustainability objectives and preferred outcomes
  • Set goals (short and long term)
  • Implement changes
  • Reflect on your results
  • Adjust your goals and strategies as needed

Repeat this process until you have achieved your objectives.

Start Today

Take your first (or next!) step on the path to sustainability when you support worldwide communities, Earth preservation, and your overall profits – all at once!

NGS Films and Graphics can help you increase your sustainability through a wide-range of responsibly sourced, environmentally friendly window films that can be installed at a fraction of the price of new windows. Some of today’s high-tech solutions include:

  • “Low E” films (low emissivity) that reduce up to 42% of the heat loss associated with windows
  • Daylight Redirecting Films that redirect direct sunlight toward your ceilings to reduce your light energy costs by up to 52% while increasing employee productivity
  • Solar control films that reduce heat-causing infrared by up to 97%, cut down on harmful UV rays by 99%, and significantly cut your cooling costs

Modern window films are nearly invisible and can result in positive ROI in as little as six months. Some sustainable window-film consultants even offer free energy modeling for your workplace so can predict your savings in advance.

 

Learn more about your wide range of energy-efficient options and run your free energy-modeling analysis. Contact NGS Films and Graphics at (866) 925-2083.

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

SPEC RESCUE – Oversimplifying Existing Glass

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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 film 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