European Parliament Opts for Window Film to Reduce its Carbon Footprint

February 4th, 2010 by Editor

The European Parliament’s enormous dome-glass building was entirely covered with Luxasolar® window film, developed by Belgian company Luxafoil NV. According to a company announcement, given the European call for tenders the film was able to meet the demand of reducing the carbon footprint of the European Parliament by 30 percent.

“Our spectrally selective window film consists of high-quality, laminated polyester layers fitted against the window from the inside, while the optical view remains optimal, which is why we call it ‘clear view,’” says Luc Michiels, Luxafoil chief executive officer. “More importantly, it keeps 93 percent of infrared rays out and lowers indoor temperatures up to 10 degrees C [50 degrees F]. This makes it an ecological replacement for an air conditioning unit. Even in buildings with air conditioning, the film ensures that the energy costs of air conditioning do not go into overdrive. Sun heat up to about 22 degrees C [70 degrees F] is let in and the rest is filtered out by film. The higher the temperature, the more the temperature is lowered thanks to this intelligent film. In the winter, indoor heat, which is normally lost with large panes of glass, is kept in the room and increases the average temperature by 2 to 4 degrees C, saving an average of up to 30 percent on heating costs, depending on the type of glass. This is also why the film is placed on the northern side of buildings. As well, 99 percent of the UV rays are kept out, stopping any coloration of carpets, furniture or works of art.”

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