Solar Gard® Window Films Produce Positive Impact on the Environment
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence – Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
Not only do Solar Gards architectural solar control window films help cut energy expenditures by up to 30%, its Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) scientifically proves that Solar Gard and Panorama® solar control window films have a net positive environmental impact worldwide.
Solar Gard solar control window films for residential and commercial applications are the only window films with an EPD, which reports the films full environmental impact. Six environmental categories were studied, and the results prove that Solar Gard architectural solar control window films have a net positive environmental impact.
Because buildings are such a large source of carbon emissions, many building managers and home owners are concerned with reducing their carbon footprint. In many cases, Solar Gard solar control window films are carbon neutral within one month of installation. More efficient than low-e coatings at rejecting solar heat, Solar Gard window films are both carbon-effective and cost-effective, reducing a buildings carbon footprint more effectively and for less money than new windows. In fact:
One square meter of a low-e wood window, the type with the smallest carbon footprint, has a carbon cost of 253 kilograms. The carbon cost of Solar Gard window film is less than one kilogram per square meter.
Solar Gard window film saves 1001 times more GHG emissions from entering the atmosphere than is used and/or created during its manufacture.
Solar Gard window film installed between 2007 and 2008 saved 3.6 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere; this is equivalent to the carbon output of 16,350 American families (with four people).