Solar Gard® Reinforces Commitment to Transparent Sustainability Practices

Release of second Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) validates 14 new architectural solar control window films as carbon negativeSolar Gard®, an industry-leading manufacturer of architectural and automotive window films, today announced the completion of its second Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which is a comprehensive assessment of the environmental impact of a product, from production to disposal.

Solar Gard’s new EPD covers an additional 14 solar control architectural window films, bringing the total number of carbon negative window films manufactured by Solar Gard to 46.

“Solar Gard’s continued pledge to environmental responsibility demonstrates that sustainability is not a destination, but a journey,” said Christophe Fremont, president of Solar Gard. “The publication of our second EPD fortifies our continued commitment to transparency. Simply manufacturing an energy-saving product is not enough, in order to strengthen the worldwide movement for sustainable building we must validate our environmental claims.”

As part of Solar Gard’s commitment to transparency and decreasing its carbon footprint, the EPD assesses the cradle-to-grave environmental impact of the films and scientifically substantiates that Solar Gard solar control architectural window films have a net positive environmental impact across the globe. Performed under ISO 14040 and 14025 standards for Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and reporting, an EPD is globally accepted as the most comprehensive way to validate a product’s environmental performance.

Solar Gard’s architectural solar control window films transform existing glass into high-performance windows, reducing energy consumption up to 30 percent by decreasing interior temperature fluctuations and cooling costs. In doing so, Solar Gard helps reduce a building’s carbon footprint. Solar Gard’s EPD proves that window film is the superior cost-effective and carbon-effective solution compared to other fenestration improvements by a factor of over 100.

CO2 equivalent emissions and estimated installation costs

           
Window Type       CO2 Equivalent Emissions

(kg CO2/square meter)

      Approximate Cost of 1 square meter in US.
Solar Gard Window film       9.113       $64 to $1004
Aluminum       9281       $3124
PVC-clad Wood       4311       $4262
Wood       4441       $4312
Vinyl (PVC)       5451       $2602
Curtain wall Viewable Glazing       3231       $3124

1Based on U.S. Dept. of Energy’s 2011 Building Energy Data Book

2Based on 2011 RSMeans Building Construction Cost Data

3Highest impact film from LCA study, excluding use phase benefits

4Solar Gard’s estimate based on data obtained from retail installers in Southern California

Click here to download Solar Gard’s complete EPD and related materials.

About Solar Gard

Solar Gard positively impacts lives with products that protect, save and renew. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Solar Gard makes industry leading architectural and automotive window films, photovoltaics and custom coatings.

A division of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, Solar Gard’s architectural solar control window films are proven carbon negative and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Solar Gard products are sold in more than 90 countries under the Solar Gard®, Panorama®, Quantum® and Solar Gard Armorcoat® brands. For more information, visit www.solargard.com.

About Saint-Gobain

Located in 64 countries and with almost 195,000 employees, Saint-Gobain, world leader in habitat, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet the challenges of growth, energy-saving and environmental protection. World leader in high performance plastics, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is headquartered in Aurora, Ohio (USA). The company employs 4,500 employees in 16 countries. Its product offer includes films, foams, coated fabrics, bearings, seals and fluid systems. For more information, visit www.saint-gobain.com and www.plastics.saint-gobain.com.

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