Letting the proper amount of daylight into a space can be a complicated process. Although windows provide much-appreciated and beneficial views to the outdoors, they can also cause uncomfortable indoor temperatures, glare, fading, and high utility bills.
Clovis Unified School District’s Buchanan High School staff members experienced this dilemma firsthand. Built in 1993 in Clovis, California, the 440,000-square-foot two-story building still had its original, single-glaze, non-tinted windows. The district’s maintenance department was noticing more complaints about uncomfortably hot indoor temperatures.
Solar heat gain was contributing to rising indoor temperatures, making students and staff members uncomfortable in classrooms and offices. The HVAC system couldn’t keep up with the cooling requirements of the space due in part to the amount of heat coming in through the windows.
But as much as the maintenance department needed to reduce solar heat gain, staff members didn’t want to do anything that would darken the glass, obstruct their views, or reduce the amount of natural light coming into classrooms and offices.
The district chose to install EnerLogic 35 low-e window film on a few school office windows to test the results. Immediately after installation, staff members noticed a decrease in heat levels and an increase in comfort levels. As a result of the test, the low-e window film was included in the school’s modernization project, which was focused on reducing energy use (specifically HVAC costs). Government rebates and incentives made the window film installation an even more realistic option for Clovis Unified School District.
EnerLogic 35 low-e window film provided a uniform look for the exterior of the high school without darkening the windows or being too reflective. Because the window film doesn’t block views, students and staff still enjoy the outdoor landscape and reap the benefits of daylight coming into the school. The window film also eliminated hotspots throughout the school, offering a more consistent indoor temperature.
How do you handle requests about uncomfortable temperatures or hot spots throughout your building?