3M Named as a World’s Most Ethical Company for Second Consecutive Year

In the fast-paced world of global business, it takes more than a written compliance policy to keep a company doing business the right way. That is why Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, has named 3M as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company® for the second time. The designation recognizes 3M’s impact on the way business is conducted through its efforts of fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.

“At 3M, living by our Code of Conduct is a team effort and a responsibility we uphold for our customers, for our shareholders and for each other,” said Jim Zappa, 3M’s chief compliance officer. “The commitment of our people to the highest ethical standard and to doing business the right way promotes trust with our customers and in the quality of our products. Furthermore, it gives us confidence to grow our business anywhere in the world.”

In particular, Ethisphere recognized 3M’s compliance and ethics program and how effectively it is applied throughout the entire multinational company, creating strong social responsibility and corporate citizenship.

“The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance. These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership and understand that creating an ethical culture and earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition involves more than just an outward facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer Timothy Erblich. “Earning this recognition involves the collective action of a global workforce from the top down. We congratulate everyone at 3M for this extraordinary achievement.”

Solarx/NBIsuncontrol is proud to be the area’s only 3M authorized window film dealer.

The “Environmental Conscience” of the Window Film Industry

Solar-X of Sarasota Proud To Represent “Climate Action Leader”.

Some people lead; other people follow. San Diego-based Bekaert Specialty Films – manufacturer of SolarGard®, Panorama®, and Armorcoat® Window Films – is the undisputed environmental leader in the industry.

As the first window film manufacturer to certify their carbon footprint, they were recognized as a “Climate Action Leader” by the California Climate Action Registry; the country’s most rigorous voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program.

That is just the beginning. Bekaert also achieved ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 14001:2004 status – a rigorous program whose goal is to minimize manufacturing impact on the environment by reducing the ecological footprint of a business, and decreasing pollution and waste. Shortly thereafter, Bekaert earned ISO 9001:2008 certification; a program establishing quality management systems whose goal is consistency in product quality and dedication to customer satisfaction. To date, Bekaert is the only window film manufacturer who has made the commitment – both financial and ethical – to these high standards in the day-to-day conduct of their business. Further, SolarGard® window films are recognized by the Clinton Climate Initiative as being a “key resource for saving energy,” and  are included under the Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program.

Solar-X of Sarasota is delighted to represent a manufacturer whose environmental pedigree is so well-founded. If you are contemplating a window film purchase as a move toward “going green,” we would urge you to consider Bekaert’s strenuous commitment to the environment, product quality, and customer satisfaction when making a buying decision. Couple that to our own 37-year commitment to superior workmanship and corporate integrity, and you will find that Solar-X and Bekaert make a formidable team. Call us today for a free consultation.

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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.

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