Window Tint Helps Earn LEED Points

Window tint can help you earn up to 9 LEED® credits as part of your next retrofit or new construction project. Commercial window tint qualifies for points in the following LEED credit categories:

•    Light Pollution Reduction (1 point). Our window tint reduces light pollution by preventing light trespass from commercial buildings at night, which may qualify our window tint for this LEED point.

 

•    Optimizing Energy Performance (1 to 3 points). EnerLogic improves the insulating performance of existing windows, reduces solar heat gain, and decreases HVAC run times and possibly the need for electric lighting, and based on U.S. Department of Energy software may provide up to 15% in energy savings.

 

•    Improving Thermal Comfort (1 point). Window tint can improve comfort by reducing hot and cold spots, and allowing HVAC systems to heat and cool more evenly. Because of reduced solar heat gain in the building, occupants will experience a considerable improvement in thermal comfort after window tint is installed. Low-e window tint also improves wintertime comfort by reducing heat loss.

 

•    Providing Daylighting and Views (1 to 2 points). Eliminating or greatly reducing the need for closed blinds or shades, window tint improves the quality and amount of daylight into a commercial building. It also helps increase the connection between occupants and the outdoor environment by allowing blinds and shades to be left open.

 

•    Innovations in Operations & Maintenance (1 point). Protection from harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays helps keep assets from fading, and provides a layer of defense between occupants and skin-damaging UV radiation. If safety and security films are used to upgrade existing windows, they help protect occupants from injuries caused by broken glass.

 

•    Optimize Use of Alternative Materials (1 point). Using local and regional materials reduces air pollution and transportation costs associated with delivering materials to jobsites. Those customers having a project within 500 miles of our plant in Martinsville, Virginia may be eligible for a  LEED credit for use of regional materials.
 

Low-E Window Tint Lifecycle Assessment

Harmony Environmental conducted on our behalf  a lifecycle assessment of our window tint, based on ISO evaluation standards 14040 and 14044, to evaluate cumulative cradle-to-grave environmental impacts.

 

The assessment found that upgrading existing windows with EnerLogic 35 window tint produces less than 1 pound of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) per square foot of window tint, which is 70 to 115 times less than the carbon footprint of replacing commercial windows.

 

Based on computer modeling of energy savings provided by our window film (using U.S. Department of Energy software), the assessment demonstrates that our low-e film products become carbon neutral less than two months after installation. With an average service life of 15-20 years, this commercial window tint isexpected to provide 14+ years of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions after accounting for the product’s total carbon footprint.