The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, or LEED for short, is one of the most well-known green building certification systems in the world. As concerns regarding the impact of climate change continue to grow, so too has the popularity of LEED. Between 2011 and 2013, the estimated number of LEED-certified homes more than doubled, and that number has continued to climb steadily ever since.
LEED isn’t designed with only the environment in mind, though. To the contrary, one of the principal goals of the program is to ensure that the LEED certification system provides substantial, measurable benefits to both building owners and occupants—and window film is one of the many resources that can help achieve those benefits.
How Can Window Film Add Points to My LEED Certification?
By significantly reducing solar heat gain, 3M Sun Control Window Films can help cut down on cooling costs and curtail a building’s average annual energy use. 3M Thinsulate Window Films—one of the company’s newest and most advanced line of residential and commercial window films—can help further reduce energy use by reducing heat loss through windows in the winter months.
Many of the darker films that 3M offers can help reduce light pollution by preventing large amounts of light from escaping a building’s interior at nighttime. And when it comes to protecting building occupants’ health, which is another major focus of LEED, 3M films are also quite useful—all 3M films block roughly 99% of the ultraviolet light, hence the Skin Cancer Foundation’s decision to award its Seal of Recommendation to an array of 3M window film products.
To be sure, window film can serve as a critically important tool for homeowners and contractors who are looking for ways to obtain the credits they need for LEED. So, if you’re working on a LEED project and would like more information about what 3M window films can do for you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 215-657-1000 or contact us via our website. It would be our pleasure to help you achieve LEED certification!