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GGF benefits from window film installation


high performance neutral coloured external solar control film

The 3rd Floor Office extension of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Building at 54 Ayers Street, London consisted of an all glass ‘box’ construction. Despite the installed glass being high performance solar glass, the occupants suffered from excessive glare from the sun and an uncomfortably hot feeling when near the glass. It was also recognised that the energy required to cool the space using air conditioning was significant.

Although blinds could have been used to control the glare (they would have little effect on the heat or energy use) they were not practical and also spoilt the panoramic view enjoyed from this top floor office.

It was decided to install a high performance neutral coloured external solar control film that reduced the glare by 80% and the heat by 70%. This film also reduces air conditioning usage by up to 30% so would also pay for itself in around 3 years from reduced air conditioning usage. It is a little known fact that it takes 3 to 4 times more energy to reduce the temperature by 1 degree as it does to heat by 1 degree.

Following the non-disruptive installation the occupants (employees) immediately had their comfort improved with vastly reduced glare and a dramatic reduction in heat.

Nigel Rees, GGF Group Chief Executive said 'We are very pleased with the instant effect on heat and glare of the non- disruptive window film installation. We are looking forward to saving money too!'

Steve Rice, GGF Director of Technical Affairs commented, “It is always pleasing to witness a first class example of how a window film installation can solve existing problems with glazing. This installation has vastly improved the working environment for the staff with a reduction in extreme glare coming through the windows from strong sunshine. Secondly applying window film has made the GGF Building more energy efficient, something that is always high on our agenda. The finished job looks superb and I am pleased a GGF Member company from the Window Film Group undertook the work.”

The corresponding energy analysis showed that more than 125 kWh of energy (£15) would be saved per square metre of glass which relates to the short payback time. With an expected lifetime well past 10 years this type of solution provides a high performance for many years to come.

To find out more about the GGF Window Film Group please visit www.ggf.org.uk/group/window-film-group



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Glass and Glazing Federation(GGF)

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is the primary trade association for companies that make, supply or fit flat glass and related products representing more than 60% of the industry’s turnover. As such the GGF is the recognised leading authority for employers and companies within the flat glass, glazing, window, home improvement, plastics and window film industries. This includes double glazing, Energy Efficient Windows, replacement windows, doors, conservatories, applied film, hardware, safety glazing, sealants, fire resistant glass, emergency glazing, decorative glass, secondary glazing, solar control and plastics.

The GGF provides information for homeowners, professional specifiers and anyone seeking professional and unbiased information on any aspect of glass and glazing in the UK. GGF members supply replacement windows, doors, conservatories and Energy Efficient Windows in all framing materials including Aluminium, PVC-U, Steel and Timber.

The GGF is a great promoter of energy efficient glazing and the GGF’s Carbon Calculator enables homeowners and others to see how much money and carbon can be saved by installing new Energy Efficient Windows.

Architects and Specifiers are well supported with a range of literature and professional advisors to assist with all aspects of specification and related issues. GGF Members sign up to the Federation's Code of Good Practice and are vetted before being accepted. A free conciliation service is provided for mediation between customers and supplying member companies when required.

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