Bekaert Specialty Films today announced its flagship Solar Gard andelite Panorama architectural solar control window films produce a netreduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
They are the firstbuilding improvement products made in the US to measure and report their carbon footprint.1 By reducing the amount of energy used to coolcommercial buildings and homes, Solar Gard and Panorama window filmshelp decrease carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and help achievezero energy building goals.
Solar Gard window films are carbonnegative in all 50 states and across the globe. On average, they arecarbon neutral within one year of installation. More efficient thanlow-e coatings at rejecting solar heat, Solar Gard window films are both carbon-effective and cost-effective, reducing a building’s carbonfootprint more effectively and for less money than new windows. In fact:
* One square meter of a low-e wood window, the type with the smallestcarbon footprint, has a carbon cost of 253 kilograms. The carbon cost of Solar Gard window film is less than one kilogram per square meter.
* Solar Gard window film saves 1001 times more GHG emissions fromentering the atmosphere than is used and/or created during itsmanufacture.
* Solar Gard window film installed between 2007 and2008 saved 3.6 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere; this is equivalent to the carbon output of 16,350 American families (with fourpeople).
* Solar Gard’s impact on the reduction of global carbonemissions is enormous because heating and cooling systems in buildingsproduce significant levels of GHG emissions. Improved fenestration canlower energy consumption and GHG emissions by 10-40 percent in bothcommercial buildings and homes,5 and an installation of Solar Gardwindow film transforms standard glass into high performance windows.
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