California Approves Window Film Savings Calculator

March 23rd, 2016 by Casey Flores

Window film’s getting a boost in a big way in the nation’s most-populated state.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved a new “Window Film Savings Calculator” designed by the International Window Film Association (IWFA) for use by local educational agencies to determine whether an installation project qualifies for funding under Proposition 39 (the California Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2012) for energy efficiency upgrades to educational facilities. The calculator will help California school districts determine whether they qualify for funds up to 100 percent of installed costs for primarily K-12 facilities.

California will provide public funds for window film installations on educational buildings.

California will provide public funds for window film installations on educational buildings.

To be approved under current guidelines, local education agencies, which includes schools, colleges, etc., must be able to demonstrate to the CEC that the project has both a savings-to-investment ratio (or value of energy savings divided by total amount of funds to be spent) of at least 1.05 and a simple payback within the life of the project contract under the program. Window film has a 10-year lifespan for this program. The calculator will determine whether a facility meets these qualifications in the calculator, which asks for specifications.

Before the approval of this calculator, window film use could only be evaluated as part of a full building energy simulation, which can be both costly and time consuming for many LEAs. This restriction also made it more difficult to consider window film application as a stand-alone upgrade rather than being part of a whole building upgrade project which might also include other measures such as lighting, insulation, or HVAC modifications.

“Before this approval, there were existing, simple calculators already approved and in use for many of the other such upgrades, but none for window film installation,” says Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “This year-long effort to develop and make available a tool which met the specifications of the CEC for the sole purpose of analyzing a window film installation as a standalone upgrade measure under Proposition 39 program guidelines will prove valuable to California schools.”

According to Smith, any window film dealer (not just IWFA members) can contact any IWFA manufacturer member and receive information about how to contact an individual school and guide them through the project submission process.

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  1. Very good for window film companies.Another sales aid, allays helpful to obtain more sales. Leon Levy Klingshield South Africa

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