Facility Managers Eye Sustainable Products | Window Tinting

green building window filmCommercial buildings are the leading consumers of energy and produce 39% of all CO2 emissions. As a result, forward-thinking facility managers and property management companies are actively seeking to make those facilities more sustainable.  Energy-saving practices are being put in place, and budgets prepared  for the purchase of  proven, sustainable products that will improve building environments and reduce utility costs. Carbon-negative window films such as SolarGard®, and SolarGard® “Panorama” can help facility managers achieve their goals; and substantial utility rebates can “jump start” savings from the day the film is installed!

SolarGard® and Panorama® window films reduce heat input into buildings by as much as 82%; making interior environments cooler and more comfortable. Improved comfort conditions and reduced glare make employees more productive; and the 99% reduction of  harmful UV light shields employees from premature aging of skin and even skin cancer. Managers who want these benefits and an elevated level of physical security may want to consider SolarGard® “Armorcoat” Safety and Security Film as an affordable “upgrade.” For those who are trying to achieve LEED certification, SolarGard® products may qualify for LEED credits in multiple catagories. Finally, buildings that focus on sustainability are more attractive to prospective tenants; posting higher occupancy rates than competitors who are less energy efficient. Sustainability means lower operating costs, and that means big savings for tenants over the course of a long-term lease!Carbon Negative Logo

Solar-X of Sarasota is well equipped to work with facility managers or property management companies in helping them achieve their sustainability goals.  Proprietary modeling programs can outline potential energy savings and ROI. We’ll work together with clients to determine which film best meets their needs, and we’ll install that film with an attention to detail that will please the most discriminating buyer. Contact Solar-X today. We’ll focus nearly forty years of industry experience on your project – in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, or statewide. Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

Energy Savings and Commercial Buildings | Window Tinting

Large Commercial BuildingsFew sectors of the window film industry represent as much in the way of potential energy savings as commercial buildings. Office buildings gobble up huge amounts of electricity to provide adequate lighting, interior cooling and heating, and of course; for office equipment. Many building managers are upgrading their lighting to more modern standards; and they should – oftentimes lighting is the single largest line item on their utility bill. Air conditioning (HVAC) usually comes next, and that’s where window film can really help…

Heat intrusion into a building can wreak havoc with interior comfort conditions. Work spaces near windows can become unbearable, and unwanted glare can make it virtually impossible to see computer screens; resulting in a substantial loss of productivity.

An installation of quality window film such as SolarGard®, Panorama®, or Armorcoat® can immediately change all that. These industry-leading products will reject up to 82% of the total solar energy, and will protect bulding interiors and inhabitants by stopping 99% of the harmful ultraviolet light that causes premature aging and skin cancer. And Armorcoat®; with its impact resistance and aggressive adhesive will add an elevated level of safety and security from dangers of all kinds.

Most importantly, these high quality films can save 30% and more on energy consumption – and that saves money! SolarGard® and Panorama® films are  carbon-negative; they qualify for LEED credits in multiple categories, and can provide a better return on investment than low-e windows when comparing cost of installation and performance. Installation is quick, quiet, and non-disruptive to office routine. And delivery time is immediate – no waiting for permits, window tear-outs and replacements, no dust, no noise – so savings can begin right away!

Solar-X of Sarasota has been actively helping building managers save energy for nearly four decades. Our experienced staff will get the job done right the first time, and move smoothly through the job with absolute minimum disruption to personnel. Start 2012 right, by taking control of your runaway energy costs. Whether you are in the Sarasota, Bradenton,or Venice area; or if you need an experienced commercial window film contractor statewide, contact Solar-X today.

Boost Comfort, Cut Energy Costs | Commercial Window Tinting

green building window filmFacility managers are constantly tasked with finding ways to reduce energy costs; in the areas of consumption, as well as system operating and maintenance costs. In office buildings, the two most obvious places to look for savings are in lighting efficiency, and air conditioning costs – and a good starting point for both is with the windows…

Windows let in light; and the more daylight that is let in, the less artificial lighting is needed. You don’t pay for electricity when the switch is “off.” Natural daylight imparts a sense of well-being, and large expanses of glass allow desirable views.  However, windows also let in huge amounts of undesirable heat, and that drives up air conditioning costs. So how do you let in light and reduce heat at the same time?

According to The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the most cost-effective way to upgrade a building’s windows is to install window film*. That’s a pretty clear statement from a source that knows what they are talking about. High quality window films such as SolarGard® and Panorama® will let in light, preserve desirable views, and reduce heat intrusion by as much as 82%! Energy consumption is reduced by as much as 30%, and the reduced running time of the HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system means lower maintenance and repair costs. That means when calculating payback, the cost of the film can be spread over multiple levels. Finally, if “green” technology is on your list of considerations; SolarGard® and Panorama® are not only “carbon-negative;” they qualify for LEED credits under six different catagories!

Solar-X of Sarasota; the area’s largest SolarGard® and Panorama® dealer, has been helping facility managers lower their energy costs and boost their comfort levels since 1973. We can help you get utility rebates, accurately predict savings with a detailed energy analysis; provide exceptional warranty coverage, and install your window film with no disruption to office routine – all with a level of professionalism that is unmatched in the area.   Contact Solar-X today, and let us help you get started!

* “Cost Effective Building Envelope Options for Reducing Cooling Loads to Commercial Buildings,”
   Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California.

The Future Of Commercial Energy Savings | Window Tinting

Commercial Energy Consumption Will Soar Worldwide.

CO2 emissions from commercial buildings are expected to grow faster than any other sector in the next 25 years. Energy consumption by commercial buildings produces 39 percent of the total CO2 in the United States – 2236 million metric tons – per year! 12.7 percent of the energy they consume is for cooling; and  fully one third of that is from the effects of  solar heat gain through windows…

Facility managers who have been assigned the task of lowering energy consumption in their buildings  in an environmentally sensitive way are increasingly including window film in their future plans. Here’s why:

     • Low impact. Installation causes little or no disruption to office routine,
       and can even be done at night.
     • Environmentally sound. There is no massive change-out of existing
        windows and frames – no dumping in landfills.
     • Low cost. Installation is extremely affordable.
     • Window film saves money. Exceptionally fast return on investment;
       and long product life ensures continuing positive cash flow.
     • Lowers carbon emissions. Lowered energy consumption reduces carbon
       emissions at the source – the power plant.
     • LEED Credits. Window film qualifies for LEED credits under six
       different categories! EPAct tax credits too!

No other energy-saving product offers so much at such an affordable price! Installation is virtually immediate; and can be done independently of any other “grand scale” cost-cutting projects such as lighting upgrades, or HVAC replacement.

Choosing the right brand of window film is important too. Quality film products such as SolarGard® and Panorama® are the only brands available that have been scientifically proven to be “carbon-negative.” Manufactured under strict ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 quality standards, these exceptional quality window films are available from Solar-X of Sarasota to our commercial clients locally and across Florida. We can assist you in getting available utility rebates; and help you in your planning with accurate building information models; using proprietary software to aid in determining return on investment. Contact Solar-X today. We’ll put you on the “fast track” to long term energy savings!

Commercial – FPL Rebate Program | Florida

Some things you can’t control when you’re running a business…like higher fuel prices and hurricanes.  But you can take more control of how energy efficient your company is and FPL can help.  FPL offers a number of alternatives and incentives to help you pay for energy uprgrades and save you money.

Window Film Advantages

Installing window film treatments is one way to become more energy efficent.  Benefits include:

  • Reduces energy usage by blocking intense solar rays, keeping unwanted heat out of your building.
  • Helps your air conditioning system operate more efficiently and last longer
  • Allows for better comfort – making the workplace more productive.
  • Eliminates glare and reduces fading of furnishings, rugs and artwork.

FPL’s Rebate Helps You Pay

When you decide to become more energy efficient, FPL will help make improvements easier.

  • FPL pays up to $1.00 per square foot on window film installed on the western facing glass.
  • Window treatment improvements must include solar film, solar screens or high efficiency window replacement.
  • You must choose an active FPL Participating Independent Contractor to do the work.

Getting Started

For more information on the FPL rebate Program, please Contact Solar-X.  A representative is standing by ready to assist you.

Commercial Buildings Benefit From Window Tinting

Energy Tax Credits, Utility Rebates Make Window Tinting Worth a Look!

Commercial Window Film Sarasota FloridaThere has never been a better time to consider improving the energy efficiency of a commercial building. More energy-saving products are available than ever before. Substantial Federal Tax Credits are available as well (see EPAct-Energy Policy Act of 2005)

Utility company incentives are also available.  Florida Power and Light; for example, has a commercial incentive program that pays up to $1.00 per sq. ft. towards window tinting installed on all qualifying windows. Solar-X of Sarasota is an FPL Participating Independent Contractor.

Are you considering LEED certification?  Window Film LEED credits can be obtained in areas such as Energy Performance, Light Pollution Reduction, Glare Reduction, Daylighting, Thermal Comfort, and Innovation.

Want to know more about all the available programs, grants, and incentives in your state? Call Solar-X for assistance in finding the latest information regarding all programs for all types of energy conservation products!

Finally, Solar-X of Sarasota can further assist you with accurate energy savings assessments; generated by the latest in computer modeling programs. Utilizing all available local weather data (heating and cooling days, etc), plus information supplied by the building owner (HVAC, lighting, etc.) Solar-X can prepare a complete summary of expected window film performance, including projected savings and ROI.

Getting started is the easy part! Call Solar-X, and we will set a date for an initial consultation. Without disrupting office routine, we can take accurate measurements of all glass areas, and meet with facilities management personnel regarding energy usage data pertinent to the building. With that data in hand, utilizing our programs, we can return an accurate assessment of what an application of window film can do for your building!

Phone: (941)-366-4364
Toll Free: (866)-343-4567
e-mail: sales@solarxsarasota.com

Commercial – Energy Savings Credit EPAct Tax Credits

The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act rewards energy-efficiency

To promote energy-efficiency and conservation, the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act extended the tax benefits from the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) through 2013.  EPAct provides attractive tax incentives for installing specific energy improvements to commercial building property.

*Tax deductions are available to buildings within the United States that place energy improvements in service between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2013. Deductions are then adjusted for 40% corporate tax rate.

The act is designed to reward businesses that implement more than one technology or product. While a one-time partial tax deduction is available for an upgrade of any one system (lighting, HVAC, and building envelope), additional technologies can net far greater tax incentives. The goal is to encourage building owners to identify as many energy savings opportunities as possible.

Window film is a very attractive technology due to its ease of implementation and relative low cost and is classified in the building envelope category. By itself, window film can provide from 5% to 15% savings of total energy used, but likely will not meet the minimum energy savings threshold required to qualify for the tax deduction.

However, when implemented in combination with other products and technologies (such as lighting or HVAC, which can each net a savings of up to 50%) window film can provide a significant boost in the deduction amount available to building owners because they can claim multiple energy savings technologies and apply for higher deduction amounts, up to the $1.80 maximum allowed per square foot.

Window film improves energy-efficiency of existing windows
Solar Gard offers a wide range of energy-efficient window film products that can be installed to upgrade your existing windows. Solar Gard window films reject considerable amounts of solar energy, which leads to lower maintenance costs for air conditioning and higher comfort.

Building owners are often encouraged to upgrade their existing windows. Replacing windows can be a very costly project, in terms of expense, time for implementation, and disruption to on-going business activities. Installing Solar Gard film on existing windows is a cost effective alternative that can be accomplished quickly and professionally, without interrupting business operations or disturbing building occupants.

Book energy savings while preserving the way your glass looks
Solar Gard’s state-of-the-art film products, the latest generation of spectrally selective films, combine high clarity and high performance. The amount of daylight entering the building is optimized with high “visible light transmission” properties, while simultaneously providing excellent solar performance to reject solar heat. This allows building owners and managers to preserve the original appearance of the building and increase occupant satisfaction.

Also, with the ever increasing threat of terrorism, severe weather and burglary – all leading to potential glass breakage – Solar Gard offers a range of clear, energy-efficient safety & security films. These films combine a barrier against these threats with very powerful energy-savings.

Create a better environment inside and out
Installing window film on your property is a natural extension to your energy savings commitment. With the added incentives provided by EPAct, now is the time to make the commitment to the environment and to your occupants before this deduction expires. If you are currently pursuing an EPAct strategy, be sure to include window film in your plans. If you would like more information on how to get started, contact your local energy and tax consultants.

Residential – Save on your 2009-2010 taxes by installing window film

Receive a tax credit for installing window film in 2009 & 2010

window film tax credits residential commercialThe 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act reinstated Federal tax credits for consumers who make certain energy-efficient improvements to their homes. This bill extended tax credits for energy efficient home improvements, such as energy saving window film.

Under section 25C of the Internal Revenue Code (I.R.C.), homeowners can receive a 30 percent credit on the costs of “qualified energy efficiency improvements,” including Solar Gard solar control window film on windows, doors, and skylights. This tax credit applies only to improvements made to a primary residence from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2010.

A tax credit is generally more valuable than an equivalent tax deduction because a tax credit reduces your tax dollar-for-dollar, while a deduction only removes a percentage of the tax that is owed. If you can itemize energy-related purchases on your federal income tax form, it will lower the total amount of tax you owe the government.

Homeowners can receive a 30 percent credit on the cost of the window film, up to $1500. Installation costs do not apply, only the cost of the film. This credit is in addition to any previous credit used.

Save On Your Energy Bills Now
Cooling costs related to the heat gained through windows can make up about 40 percent of a home’s summer utility bill. Solar control window film reduces total solar energy by up to 80 percent, which helps lower your energy consumption. And the energy savings benefits go on year after year, long after you have received the tax credit.

And the benefits don’t stop there. In addition to energy savings all year long, window film also can:

* Improve your comfort by eliminating hot spots and maintaining interior temperatures
* Help protect your family from UV exposure, which can help prevent certain forms of skin cancer
* Reduce glare
* Reduce fading of furnishings and interiors

Eligibility
Any homeowner who purchases and installs qualifying Solar Gard solar control window film (see manufacturer’s certification for eligible films) between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010 is eligible to receive a tax credit.

How to Receive Credit

Complete the 2009 version of the IRS form 5695 and file 2009 Income Tax Returns by April 15, 2010 and 2010 Income Tax Returns by April 15, 2011. Maintain copies of the dealer invoice and the manufacturer’s certification statement for your records. If you are audited, you will need to provide these documents to the IRS.

Tax forms are available for downloadable from http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_tax_credits#c1 or the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/. For further information about energy tax credits, visit http://www.energy.gov/taxbreaks.htm.

For professionally installed window film, contact Solar-X today!

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