Product - 3M Prestige 40 External Window Film.
Project – Cossham Hospital, Bristol.
Customer – North Bristol NHS Trust.
Customer Brief –
Applied Products were approached by a long running customer of ours, North Bristol NHS Trust to stop the heat gains through the glass during the summer months when temperatures would exceed 30 degrees centigrade in some treatment rooms.
As the aesthetics of the Grade II listed building were very important, a low reflective film was needed to have a low visual impact and to maintain high levels of natural daylight entering the room. Yet, in order to achieve the performance that the client needed an external film was the best choice.
- 3M Prestige 40 External Solar Control Film was chosen:
- Has total solar energy rejection of 61%.
- Has a very low reflective finish.
- Maintains maximum light levels through the glass.
- 3M PR40 also benefits from a comprehensive manufacturer backed 10 year external warranty.
Solar control window films effectively save energy and improve users comfort by reducing glare and solar heat gain through the building's glass.
Applied Products are experts in listening to your requirements and providing the most appropriate solutions. Expert advice, expertly fitted.
Product – Solar Control Window Film.
Project – Welsh Assembly Government Building, Crickhowell House, Cardiff Bay.
Customer – Welsh Government.
Customer Brief –
- Provide energy savings by reducing the load on existing A/C system.
- Provide day time privacy to occupants.
- Improve comfort to building occupants by reducing heat and glare.
- Alternative to blinds as maintenance/cleaning costs are too high.
- Allow staff to make the most of the panoramic views of Cardiff Bay.
- Cause minimum disruption to building occupants.
Applied Products were asked by one of our longest running customers, The Welsh Assembly Government to provide a solution to the high running costs of the Air Conditioning System; to provide day time privacy; to reduce discomfort to the occupants suffering from heat during the summer months; and to reduce the solar glare on their computer screens.
The customer was due to replace the existing blinds as both the material and mechanisms had deteriorated over the 6 years due to UV light damage.
The Welsh Assembly did not want to replace the old blinds as they found they were costly to install, attracted dust and required regular maintenance.
The Customer required a more cost effective alternative to blinds which was maintenance free, and comes with a manufactures warranty of 10 years.
An important point made by one of the team leaders in one of the many meetings was that a number of his team sitting in the centre of the large open plan office were complaining that the blinds were always drawn during bright sunny days, reducing their exposure to natural sun light and requiring that the main office lights be on. This was because staff members sitting near the windows required the blinds be drawn to stop the sun's glare shining on their computer screens.
With the installation of the High Reflective Silver, 77% of the suns glare was cut out, therefore eliminating the need for the blinds. This meant that an important energy saving was made when the office lights could be turned off, and most importantly staff morale greatly improved when the whole office could make the most of the natural light.
Window Film was the obvious choice as it satisfied all the customers requirements.
A High Reflective Silver window film was chosen as it reduced the total rejected solar energy by 77% and reduced the glare by 78%.
Case Study: Applied Products Apply Corporate Logos and Graphics to New Office of Go Compare in Cardiff
In April 2007, we were approached by one of our good customers Office Visions in Cardiff to produce corporate signage for the new offices of "Go Compare" in Cardiff in order to provide privacy to the occupants of these offices.
After working closely with staff at Go Compare, an idea was generated which involved the use of computer generated images of the staff in the office cut out of frosted material and applied to glass.
Eventually after consultation with our technical staff it was decided that we would use the corporate images already used by Go Compare.
The application was extremely successful and as you can see from the pictures the effect is striking!
For further information on material and application of graphics as above please contact us
Case Study: Application of Reflective Film to Create Privacy in Hairdressers "Haircare Solutions" in Swansea
We were asked to visit the above premises to recommend a suitable window film product. A window film which would not only upgrade the appearance of the existing building but one which would reduce solar heat gain and glare and also provide day time privacy.
All of the requirements were satisfied with the application of a Llumar product N1020SBSRHPR which is a dark copper reflective material applied internally to the glass.
Case Study: Preparation of Glazing surveys and Subsequent Application of 3M Scotchshield 100 micron clear safety window film to Schools and Public Buildings in the Neath & Port Talbot area.
In 2006 we were approached by Neath Port Talbot Council to initiate a long term project of upgrading their premises using 3M safety film to comply with Regulation 14 and areas of special risk.
Initially we concentrated on school premises by conducting a survey giving a comprehensive breakdown of items and areas that needed to be upgraded. Part of the survey included costs to enable the council to predict budgeting. These premises were subsequently upgraded using 100 micron 3M Scotchshield Safety film with a 10 year warranty.
After completion and working closely with the council we were able to output files necessary to integrate into their oracle database centralising data for all their staff.
This has been a very successful contract for both parties and continues to be ongoing as we have now moved on to bring public buildings in to comply with current legislations.
Case Study: Application of 3M Scotchtint Low-E LE35AMARL window film to all windows of Penllergaer Civic Centre for City & County of Swansea.
We were asked by City & County of Swansea to visit the above site and suggest a film that would help reduce both heat and glare in these offices. After our surveyors attended the site to conduct a site survey, the application of 3M's Low Emission Amber Reflective film (LE35AMARL) was recommended.
A trial application was carried out in two of the small offices within the Civic Centre, and when the employees responded with excellent feedback the council decided to apply the film throughout the centre.
The council were impressed by the added benefits of Low Solar Heat Loss in the colder months, and as a result of the application they will expect to see a reduction in both heating and air conditioning costs.
Since this application Swansea Council have earmarked more of their premises' for the application of LE35AMARL over the next financial year including the Civic Offices on Ostermouth Road (Where some film application was completed before the end of the last financial year).
Using Solar Control Film to Lower Carbon Emissions
Starting in March 2010, large non-energy intensive business and public sector organisations will have to start buying carbon allowances to cover their carbon emissions. This involves measuring and recording energy use while calculating non-transportation carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
This Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) will involve around 20,000 public and private sector organisations in the UK ranging from retailers, banks, water companies, hotel chains, universities and local authorities. For some, this will mean paying for a revenue recycling scheme and even facing financial penalties for poor performance.
Solar control window film technology, which has been around for more than three decades, is designed to severely limit the impact of solar heat gain on a building thus reducing the associated costs of cooling the premises which is a major step towards cutting carbon footprint levels. By rejecting up to 79% of solar energy, interior temperatures can be stablized, reducing the need for air conditioning and keeping the room cooler and more comfortable.
Window film can reduce your cooling load by 30% which is equivalent to roughly 5% of the energy bill; a number that could represent thousands of pounds in penalties or CO2 allowances to many UK firms.
See the Energy Conservation section of our Window Film product range for further information on suitable products for energy conservation such as 3M Low e LE35AMARL Amber reflective window film.
All solar control window films will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the heat gain through the glass from the sun.
Case Study: Cardiff City Stadium DDA Manifestations
We were contacted by one of our regular customers, Dudley's Architectural Aluminium. They were a contractor for the New 27,000 all-seater Stadium in Cardiff, which was to be shared between Cardiff Blues Welsh Rugby Region and Cardiff City Football Club from the beginning of the 2009- 2010 season.
They required their glazing to be meet DDA regulations and on inspection of the architect's drawings, we were able to provide a cost for 55mm diameter dot manifestations which needed to be applied at two levels on the glass.
After the application Dudley's and the main contractor were satisfied that the application brought the glazing up to meet DDA regulations.