BSF Announces Carbon Footprint of Its
Bekaert Specialty Films (BSF) announced its Solar Gard® and Panorama®
architectural solar control window films produce a net reduction of greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions. The company says the films are the first building
improvement products made in the United States to have had their carbon
footprint measured and reported.
According to the announcement, Solar Gard window films are carbon negative
in all 50 states and across the globe. On average, they are carbon neutral
within one year of installation. Said to be “more efficient than low-E
coatings at rejecting solar heat,” the window films are both carbon-effective
and cost-effective, helping to reduce a building’s carbon footprint more
effectively and for less money than new windows. The company notes that:
• One square meter of a low-E wood window has a carbon cost of 253 kilograms;
the carbon cost of Solar Gard window film is less than 1 kilogram per
• Solar Gard window film saves 1001 times more GHG emissions from entering
the atmosphere than is used and/or created during its manufacture; and
• Solar Gard window film installed between 2007 and 2008 saved 3.6 million
tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, equivalent to the carbon output
of 16,350 American families (with four people).
In its announcement, the company says a complete lifecycle analysis is
a required component of a Climate Declaration, and for Solar Gard and
Panorama architectural films it meant that the total carbon impact of
the films on the environment could be measured.
“We believe companies shouldn’t claim to be green while hiding how their
products are made. They’re simply greenwashing consumers if they do. Consumers
deserve to know the real environmental impact of the products they buy,”
says Christophe Fremont, BSF president. “If a product claims to save energy
then it should be mandatory that they publish the full impact the total
life cycle of the product has on the environment, and consumers should
demand to see this information.”
BSF says it invested more than $1 million measuring and certifying its
carbon footprint, updating its environmental management systems and performing
the lifecycle analysis required for the Climate Declaration. Two independent
organizations, Alta Nova LLC and Five Winds International, reviewed and
audited the data before it was registered with
The International EPD Consortium®.
3M Introduces New Crystalline 90 Automotive Window Film
The latest release from 3M’s line of window films is the Crystalline 90
automotive window film. This company says the film lets through up to
90 percent of visible light while blocking up to 97 percent of the sun’s
harmful infrared heat.
The Crystalline series of window film is comprised of layered optical
films that have a thickness smaller than a Post-it® note, according
to the company. The film contains no metal content, provides reduced reflectivity,
protection from the sun’s UV rays, and strong glass breakage performance.
Window Film Goes Decorative
Decorative films from Deco Window Films in Wellington, Fla., can help
a home go from simple protection into designer style. The company’s decorative
films provide the protection and eco-friendly coverage of a typical window
film, but with an added visual design. The company described the 8-mm
thick vinyl film as a UV window film because it absorbs 95 percent of
Designs available from Deco Windows Films include etched film, privacy
film, stained glass film, colored deco film, frosted film and religious
themes. The company says the film is easy to apply, adhesive-free and
removable or reusable.
New Additions From ASWF
Erickson International, the Las Vegas based manufacturer of American Standard
Window Film (ASWF) has introduced two new dual reflective lines. Called
Sky™, the new series is available in VLTs of 10, 20, 30 and 40 percent
with a maximum heat rejection of 80 percent. It is also available in most
widths, including 72 inches.
Also new is Illusion™ which the company says can transform clear glass
into a one–way mirror under certain lighting conditions.
In addition, the ASWF Design Series is White Out™. This film is designed
to block the view through existing clear glass by creating a glossy white
appearance to the glazing surface.
Protecting Your Paint
The scratches, knicks, and scrapes that damage cars in transport seem
to be inevitable. Novacel has developed a product to challenge the damage.
NOVAGUARD®9275 was designed to protect car bodies against external
aggressions such as acid rain, bird droppings and scratches during assembly,
transport and storage. The film, which comes in rolls of 200 meters, has
widths ranging from 30 mm to 2.5 meters. The company says that the film
will protect automobiles for nine months worldwide and the film will not
lift off during transport.
The company also calls the product environmentally
friendly. NOVAGUARD®9275 has a polyolefin-based film and a solvent-free
adhesive and all the packaging materials and cores that are used in connection
with the film can be recycled.
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