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Three Market Drivers That Are Making Glazing Security Improvements a Must

By September 21, 2021February 18th, 2022Safety & Security Films, Window Film
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With security market drivers influencing the push of window improvements for commercial and government buildings, window film has become an innovative safety solution with glazing security improvements. As building security continues to be a growing concern, there are numerous problems that window film technology can solve. Let’s go over some of the most significant security market drivers leading the window film revolution! 

Building Security Market Drivers

The current times have been posing more building security risks than ever before. But, for every security challenge, NGS has an efficient solution that strengthens building envelope security and protects people and property. 

The Terrible Trifecta

The increase in social unrest, natural disasters, and crime has caused a significant need for improved glazing security.

1. Social Unrest 

Over the past year, we’ve seen the damage that social unrest can do to communities and businesses alike. Between the dates of May 25 and November 18, 2020, protests transpired in over 4,446 cities globally. Protests and riots can happen suddenly, and you must be proactive and prepared. Most businesses and storefronts composed of glass create a massive vulnerability for theft, rioters, and vandalism. Though glass makes everything visually more appealing, it’s the weakest link in building envelope security.

2. School Safety 

According to the K-12 School Shooting Database, from the year 2000 to today, there have been 1,686 shootings, 593 fatalities, and 1,611 injuries on school grounds. The increase in tragedies on school campuses is what’s known as the “Columbine Effect” – a terrifying change in mass violence and the use of guns in schools. 

If an active shooter can quickly shoot out a glass door or window and enter the building (as was the case with the Sandy Hook perpetrator), the students and staff have little to no time to react and get to a safe location. This situation also leaves minimal time for first responders to arrive on the scene. 

3. Natural Disasters 

Climate change is a growing problem that brings on building safety and security concerns. One of the most significant issues is that storms and weather conditions brought on by climate change are getting bigger and more extreme. According to the July 2021 Global Climate Summary, the global surface temperature reached 1.67°F (0.93°C) above the average temp of 60.4°F (15.8°C), which was the highest recorded temperature for July in 142 years. Yikes. 

Of course, the more concerning statistic is not a rise in temperature but their effect on natural disasters. The Institute for Economics and Peace reported an increase in natural disasters from 1900-2019. For example, there were only 39 incidents reported in 1960 but 396 reported in 2019. That is an increase of natural disasters times ten. 

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As security market drivers shape the future of building development, it’s crucial to adopt the latest glazing security improvements to keep your buildings safe and resilient. With NGS, you can transform the most vulnerable parts of your building with our tiered approach to security:

Interested in finding out more about the security benefits of NGS products and the nitty-gritty details of our three tiers? Click here to learn from our glazing experts in our “Defend Your Glass” webinar.


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