As an individual with the responsibility of managing commercial property, you may be looking for ways to increase the energy efficiency, security, or aesthetics of your building(s). 3M Company, makers of Post-it® Notes and Scotch® Tape, has been manufacturing a window film that increases the energy efficiency and security of curtain wall glass and cosmetics of interior glass for almost 50 years.
Increase Energy Efficiency
3M Window Films reduce solar heat gain during the air conditioning months but also have the ability to lower the U-value for better insulation during the heating months. Turn single pane glass into double pane glass, double pane glass into triple pane glass, and non-Low E glass into Low E glass, all at a fraction of the cost of glass replacement.
3M Sun Control Window Films can do the following:
- Reduce utility bills by up to 10%
- Reduce temperatures by up to 16°F
- Receive up to 11 LEED points
- Improve ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager™ Score by up to 10 points (relevant for building benchmarking)
If you’re contemplating building upgrades, consider improving the efficiency of your window system before your HVAC system. Often envelope upgrades such as window film are overlooked and owners jump right to optimizing their HVAC system. If you create a more efficient building envelope before HVAC improvements, you can downsize your HVAC equipment in the future, enabling you to reach the maximum possible performance for your investment.
Increase Window Security
If you’re trying to protect people, property, and continuity of operations from the unknown (terrorism, hurricanes, earthquakes, vandalism) 3M Safety & Security Window Films can address a building’s most vulnerable point – its glass.
If you’re responsible for managing street level retail space then you might have tenants worried about breaking and entering. You can help limit their worries by installing 3M Safety & Security Film on the ground floor windows to help to hold broken glass in place, making unwanted entry through glass more difficult.
If you’re building is a potential terrorist target or located near one, a bomb blast can pose a major threat to the safety of building occupants. Nearby glass implodes in tiny shards at high velocities are a major threat to person and property. 3M Safety & Security Film helps to hold that broken glass in place and increase the safety of those nearby.
Daylight Redirecting Film
American’s spend 90% of their lives indoors, and as such, we crave natural light. Buildings consume 39% of energy in the United States and lighting accounts for nearly 30% of all energy used in commercial buildings. 3M’s Daylight Redirecting Film redirects 80% of the sun’s natural light to the ceiling up to 40’ into a room.
Decorative glass films for privacy and light disbursement have become very popular in commercial space. They simulate etched / sandblasted glass at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Unlike sandblasted glass, films are easy to clean and maintain. And you can create custom-cut patterns and designs to customize your office space. 3M Company manufactures a line of decorative films named Fasara™.
- Create office privacy and disburse light
- Available in over 50 patterns
- Can be custom-cut
- 35% of the cost of sandblasted glass
- Can be easily cleaned and maintained
- Doesn’t inherently weaken glass
- Quick installation means quick tenant turnover