Large cities across the United States, including New York, Boston, and the District of Columbia, are cracking down on buildings’ carbon emissions. Buildings of a certain size within these cities will be required to meet specific standards or otherwise face fines. While these regulations haven’t reached the Charlotte area yet, it’s only a matter of time before they become the standard in every state across America.
Energy Efficiency Laws for Buildings
In Columbus, Ohio, buildings make up 58% of emissions. Farther south in Washington, D.C., commercial buildings represent 75% of greenhouse gas emissions. What contributes to all these greenhouse gas emissions? Lighting, HVAC systems, and other equipment. Although there are many ways to conserve energy, envelope upgrades are often overlooked when it comes to reducing building emissions.
Window Film for Lowering Building Emissions
Window film is an easy and affordable envelope upgrade that can help larger commercial buildings meet these new requirements. There are many reasons to consider window film as an energy-saving upgrade for your building.
Significant Energy Savings
3M Sun Control Window Film can slash cooling costs by as much as 30% and reduce the temperature in direct sunlight by up to 16°F. With increased efficiency, window film makes it easier for buildings to maintain consistent temperatures, regardless of the inevitable fluctuations in the weather. As a result, the film reduces emissions and lowers utility bills. Annual energy savings from window film can lead to savings of nearly 19kWh/sqft. of glass.
Quick Return on Investment
According to the Department of Energy, window film can generate a positive return on investment in as little as three years. That means that the initial cost of the window film will pay for itself within a short time. After that, you’ll start seeing positive returns on your window film investment as the film works to lower operating costs while improving occupant comfort.
Window film doesn’t just reduce building emissions, but it also helps with fade reduction. As window film blocks up to 99% of damaging UV rays, it helps minimize the effects of fading. It also fights against solar heat and visible light, two other major causes of fading. With fade protection, window film can help furniture, artwork, textiles, and other valuables last longer to help promote reuse rather than waste.
We Can Help You Meet New Building Emissions Standards
As standards for energy efficiency are constantly changing, Mr. Tint can help you meet new regulations for building emissions as they emerge. If you have any questions on how window film can help your building, reach out to Charlotte and Columbia’s window film specialists today.
Mr. Tint provides 3M Window Film installation to homes and businesses throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. As a 3M Authorized Window Film Dealer, we offer only the highest quality materials and employ the most skilled technicians. Contact us for a free window film consultation.