More exciting news for the window film industry was announced today! The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit group, announced a landmark vote by the California Energy Commission placing window film into the state building code for the first time in the United States.
Cost-effective energy savings is the driving rationale for including window film in the building code. While California is a leader in energy savings initiatives, is is also a major importer of energy. The change to the building code voted on May 31st and effective January 2014, means window film is recognized across California as a building product just like glass or roofing materials, but primarily for retrofit applications. It can significantly reduce energy consumption and reduce the effects of glass breakage, glare, harmful UV exposure to the skin and interior fading of furnishings.
The change in the code comes close on the heels of a major report comparing the application of window film to other energy saving methods across the state using the same study methods employed by the California Energy Commission.
Madico Window Films is pleased that our products are receiving the recognition they deserve as cost-effective energy saving solutions by the CA Building Standards Commission. Our hope is that this ruling will set a precedent for future decisions on window film made by building standards commissions nationwide.