Replacing Older Window Tint Adds Light and Saves Energy

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March 15, 2015
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March 15, 2015

Replacement of older window film on office building windows will not only save in commercial energy costs, but new 3M window film will also harness more natural light of the sun. Some older generations of window tinting films from the early 1990’s used metals and darker tints, but new light is being shed in commercial spaces by replacing older window film with newer, lighter 3M heat and glare control films. This was the case with The United Way in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“A renovation of the building in the early 1990s included the application of a tinted window film, which by 2012 had been in place well past the end of its service life and was starting to degrade. “When you’re a nonprofit, building aesthetics are not something you can put really high on your list of priorities,” said Kim Gennaula, president of the Aloha United Way. “3M was happy to help, and provided 3M Sun Control Window Film Prestige Series PR 40 to replace the existing film. This modestly tinted film helps to provide substantial heat rejection, helps to reduce glare and eye discomfort, and has a low reflection to enhance views. The film rejects up to 60% of total solar energy (66% on angle), and up to 99% of UV rays. Not only does this make spaces more comfortable, it can also help reduce fading of furnishings and carpet.

“It’s a much lighter film than their old film,” said Leandro, “so it actually brings more light into the building and makes office spaces brighter, while blocking more energy than the old film.”

“3M’s contribution means so much to our staff,” said Gennaula. “The staff does so much work to raise money and pass it back out to nonprofits that they sort of get lost in the shuffle. To have 3M say, ‘We want to make your work environment better,’ meant a lot to us. Now, with the added efficiency we can generate more money to go back out to the community.”

In appreciation of its long-term partnership, the United Way recently recognized 3M with the United Way Spirit of America Award for philanthropy, volunteer engagement and community impact. 3M raised $8.6 million for 135 communities nationwide through its “Every One Counts. Live United” United Way campaign, and employees volunteered 200,000 total hours. In addition to donations of products like window film, 3M continues to partner with the United Way in communities across the country. Source:

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