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Meet Energy Efficiency Laws with Window Film

In Commercial Window Film, Energy Efficiency by David Brown

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Larger cities and metropolitan areas are enforcing new energy efficiency laws to reduce the carbon footprint of commercial buildings. For example, clean Energy DC is the District of Columbia’s plan to reduce emissions by 56% in 2032. The act includes guidelines requiring building owners to increase efficiency further than the typical methods. Although building envelope upgrades are often overlooked, window film can help buildings meet these new guidelines. 

Importance of Energy Efficiency Laws in DC

The District of Columbia has one of the highest greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the U.S. It’s higher than several other major cities, including Boston, Seattle, LA, San Francisco, and New York City. The District’s goal is to significantly decrease emissions by enforcing stricter energy efficiency laws. These rules pertain to several sectors, including transportation and buildings. 

Building Energy Performance Standards

Created as part of the Clean Energy DC Act, the Building Energy Performance Standards are requirements every building in the District has to meet. First starting on January 1, 2021, these guidelines state buildings must reach a minimum level of energy performance. The standards vary by property type and apply to offices and other commercial buildings. For buildings to meet these regulations, they will have to go beyond making improvements to the HVAC system. Window film can unlock more energy savings for buildings to ensure they meet these standards.

How Window Film Conserves Energy 

Applying window film to a building’s facade is one way to help fulfill the new energy efficiency laws in DC. Windows are a major culprit of energy loss, which is why window film can greatly increase the efficiency of a building. When installing window film, it’s important to do so before improving the HVAC system. With greater efficiency, you may find yourself needing a smaller HVAC system than originally planned.

Furthermore, according to the Department of Energy, windows make up 30% of cooling costs in commercial buildings. Window film reflects solar heat to keep the building cooler in the summer and reduces heat loss to retain warmth during the winter. As a result, this leads to year-round savings and a smaller carbon footprint. 

Window Film Benefits 

  • Rejects light and heat, blocking up to 99% of UV rays
  • Decreases emissions and carbon footprint 
  • More affordable than replacing windows 
  • Reduces load on HVAC system to boost efficiency 
  • Non-disruptive and little downtime for installation 
  • 3M Window Films come with a 15-year warranty 
  • Contributes to LEED points 
  • Cuts heating and cooling costs 
  • Helps meet energy efficiency regulations 

Help Your Building Meet Energy Efficiency Laws

If you’re concerned about your building’s energy efficiency, our window film experts would love to answer any questions you have. We can help you decide on the best solution that will ensure your building is environmentally friendly. So reach out today for more information or a free consultation.

General Solar Company remains one of the most highly regarded window film companies in the Washington DC area since 1969. In that time, we have built a reputation for professionalism, integrity, and exceptional service. We serve clients in Washington DC, Montgomery County, Rockville and Bethesda, Maryland, and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment for a free estimate, give us a call today at 301-231-9500 or contact us using this form.

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