Southwest Michigan Branch of USGBC Hosts AIA Accredited CourseApril 26th, 2012 by Editor
Today architects from Kalamazoo and surrounding areas attended a continuing education course provided by West Michigan Glass Coatings of Grand Rapids. The seminar was held at the USGBC’s Southwest Michigan Branch offices.
“Does anyone know where window films got their start?” asked Amanda Nawara, Business Development Consultant for West Michigan Glass Coatings. “The product actually grew out of a metallic film that was used in the space program.” She continued to explain to attendees the many benefits of window film such as reduction of temperature imbalances indoors, reduction of glare from windows, and providing a uniform, polished appearance on buildings.
Nawara further explained energy savings calculations to determine return-on-investment. “Depending on whether you live in a warmer or cooler climate, your investment will net a 2-5 year payback when using window film.” Of particular interest to the audience was her claim, “You can obtain points for LEED projects, mostly between 1-2.”
Next, Joe Bockheim, Sr., discussed the differences between safety and security films and their uses for keeping broken glass contained, bomb-blast resistant and hurricane resistant applications.
The program completed with a demonstration of various films, how they allow daylighting but block UV rays. Bockheim stated, “According to the DOE, window film is the 4th top energy-saving product. The main benefit is HVAC will be significantly reduced for the life of the film.”