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Problem: A 13-story office in Vancouver, British Columbia, features floor-to-ceiling windows on its entire southern face. And while those windows are an aesthetic asset, until recently, they were a liability to the comfort of the occupants in the building once the sun rose over the horizon.

 

According to the building's property manager, the office complex was originally constructed with windows that offered only minimal solar protection. So once the sun's rays reached the windows in the morning, the temperature would rise quickly. In addition, there were 15 separate zones on a floor, each governed by a thermostat that would automatically go up or down, depending on the conditions. In response to the heat of the sun, the thermostats closest to the windows would activate the air conditioning---not enough to cool the overheated areas, but more than enough to make room temperatures in areas farther away from the windows uncomfortably cold.

Solution:
An authorized 3M Scotchtint window tinting film dealer was called in to resolve the problem. The dealer said, "You could stand by the window and just feel the heat. I knew we could greatly improve the situation if we could reduce the effects of the sun on the envelope of the building." It was recommended that LE35AMARL Scotchtint Plus All Season window tinting film be used to reduce the solar warming in the building and enhance the comfort level of tenents. This low emissivity window film reduces solar heat transmission by as much as 70%, depending on the type of window. The window tinting film will also reduce heat loss in the color months by as much as 30%.

Results: "I'm not in business just to sell products," said the dealer. "I'm in business to offer clients the right solution for their specific problems." Since the installation in 1995, the tenants, especially those who are close to the windows, report greater comfort. In addition, the building's property manager said she estimates that heating and cooling costs for the office complex have dropped by 22% since the installation of 3M Scotchtint window tinting film. And while cosmetics were not the primary concern, she agreed that the window tinting film has enhanced the appearance of the building too. A year after installing 3M Scotchtint window tinting film on the building's 13 floors, we were invited back to install 3M Scotchtint window tinting film on the foyer windows.