04/01/2008

Editors’ Choice: 3M Window Films: Clearly a Smart Choice

The editorial staff rates 3M's commercial window films

 

Effectiveness
The version we tested, PR 70, transmits 69 percent of visible light and rejects up to 59 percent of solar energy, reducing glare and the negative effects of fading, heat, and discomfort often caused by bright sunlight. One editor called the spectrally selective film "remarkable" for its ability to reduce heat gain even in peak sunlight.

Aesthetics
It's amazing that something so invisible can make such a big difference. Once the film is applied, windows take on a slightly bluish tint that's virtually unnoticeable, unlike other window films we've seen. This near invisibility doesn't detract from aesthetics or deter viewers from looking in (an important point in retail settings).

Available Options
This line of window films offers enough choices that you can stick with the same brand and still get what you need for each and every window in your portfolio. Industry-wide, its safety and security attributes are pretty typical; what's atypical is the flexibility in visible light transmitted with these 3M window films. Imagine how these tweaks can maximize building performance based upon site exposure (northern vs. southern).

Energy Savings
This film blocks 97 percent of the sun's infrared light. That equals big savings on AC during hot weather (the less heat that penetrates the building, the less often your cooling kicks on). Without a doubt, this product will save money - in more ways than one. It also helps interior products/furnishings (window treatments, flooring, furniture, artwork, etc.) last longer by reducing fading.

3M Prestige Series window films 


(Based on a 5-star scale)

Prestige Series window films from St. Paul, MN-based 3M are the first clear, metal-free window films that measurably reduce the heat and UV rays that enter commercial buildings while still allowing natural light through. Leveraging world-class capability in nanotechnology, adhesives, multi-layer optical films, and precision manufacturing, 3M has created window film that is comprised of hundreds of layers while being thinner than a Post-it® Note. The spectrally selective Prestige films reject 97 percent of the sun's infrared light, keeping your space cool and lowering your energy bills. The films also protect furnishings and carpet from fading by blocking 99.9 percent of UV rays. Prestige films can be specified to let in more or less visible light, and there is now a Safety & Security version available that protects against burglaries and flying glass from natural disasters. Find more information about 3M window films.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Add highly responsive multi-zone comfort to any building project, in any climate. Our CITY MULTI H2i R2- and Y-Series VRF systems give you flexibility to fit the needs of any building. Enjoy 100% heating capacity at 0°F outdoor ambient, and 85% heating capacity at -13°F outdoor ambient.  For more information, log on to www.mitsubishipro.com

 
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