Volume 16, Issue 4 - July/August 2012


Window Film Added To CA Building Code
The California Energy Commission has recognized window film as an energy-efficient building product in the most recent changes to its California building code. The change to the code was voted through on May 31 and will go into effect on January 2014.

“Every manufactured fenestration product shall have attached to it a clearly visible temporary label that lists the U-factor, the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and Visual Transmittance (VT),” reads the building code. “Applied window films installed as part of an alteration complies with the U-factor, SHGC and VT requirement.” The changes to the code require window film to have a National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) certification label, manufacturer’s name, a 10-year warranty certificate and compliance with the International Window Film Association’s (IWFA) visual quality standards.

The IWFA helped spearhead the changes.
“This addition to the code is a major step forward for energy efficiency in California, especially when considering the amount of untreated glass in the state in the majority of buildings,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “The wide application of window film is a simple way to immediately cut utility demand generation and the resulting reduction of peak demand on utilities and greenhouse gases will further the state’s reputation as an environmental leader.”

Solar Gard Releases Second Environmental Product Declaration
Solar Gard has released a follow-up to its original Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). Within the new EPD, 14 solar control architectural window films have been added to the report. The addition of these films brings Solar Gard’s total number of carbon negative window films to 46.

“Solar Gard’s continued pledge to environmental responsibility demonstrates that sustainability is not a destination, but a journey,” said president Christophe Fremont. “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.”

President of Quebec Film Company Pleads Guilty to Assault
Yannick Larose, president of X-Vitres Teintees, a Quebec window film company, has pled guilty to being the mastermind behind two counts of assault and two counts of aggravated assault. The original indictment filed against Larose included 16 charges ranging from damaging property to assault. Larose, who was later affiliated with Pelti Vitres Teintees, pled guilty to five of these charges. The court documents obtained by Window Film magazine detail Larose’s relationships with other industry professionals and his alleged destruction of property belonging to others.

The court documents state that Larose without any justification and in the interest of acquiring something, misled or attempted to mislead Jean-Sébastien Boyer into carrying out an act using threats, accusations or violence.

The documents specify that he forced Boyer to be a part of a trade association and prevented him from freely working in the window film industry. The documents charge Larose with the same offense against Pier-Luc Paré, Christian Bouchard and David Thibeault. Charges of assault and battery against Paré, Bouchard, Thibeault and Boyer were also made.

Larose was also accused of five counts of “intentionally or in disregard of the consequences of his act, caused by fire or explosion damage to a good that did not fully belong to him.” The locations include the Tech-Teinte trade, the Or du pare Brise trade, Or Tint trade, property of 9098-5698 Quebec, Inc.

I am very pleased that the Quebec Provincial Police persevered with the long investigation that ultimately resulted in charges being laid against Yannick Larose,” says Christian Bouchard of Reflex Teinte. “I was one of the victims of his activities and, with his having pleaded guilty, justice will be well served.”

Larose was arrested in August of 2009 and released on bail. He will face sentencing on October 16 and the judge has been notified that the prosecutors intend to seek jail time in sentencing.

Conference Seminar Schedule Now Available

The full seminar schedule is available online for the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off (IWFC). The IWFC is set to be held September 20-22, 2012 at the Kentucky International Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Louisville in Louisville, Ky. The Exhibition/Extravaganza, including the two Tint-Off™ competitions, will be held September 21-22.

Special sessions include a keynote presentation by Captain Richard Phillips, who was captured by Somali pirates in 2009 when they hijacked the ship he was commanding, the Maersk Alabama. Captain Richard Phillips is scheduled to speak Friday morning about the vital importance of leadership and teamwork. A “floating CEO” in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million dollar ship, Captain Phillips has a compelling story and valuable lessons for anyone involved in running a business today.

IWFA accreditation classes will be offered as well. The IWFA will hold review and testing for the basic solar control accreditation, safety/security accreditation, automotive accreditation and advanced solar control accreditation Thursday afternoon. Interested participants must register prior to the event with the IWFA and pay the required fees, after which the IWFA will send the educational study manuals to review before testing.

“For our IWFA members, the event in Louisville, Kentucky is a natural extension of the many benefits of membership in our trade association. A very key benefit is to learn, first hand, how the IWFA supports our industry and moves it forward in a number of areas,” says Jack Mundy, chairperson of the IWFA’s member action committee. “It is also an opportunity to earn important accreditations, share information with industry experts, see new products and get involved with the business of our industry. For non-members, it brings the opportunity to see why being a member of the IWFA can help make them more successful and it also offers an easy venue to join and be a part of supporting our industry. There is also a great opportunity to network throughout the IWFC. There is also a great opportunity to network throughout the IWFC. Last, and certainly not least, it is a reality that tinters like to compete, and we are offering both an automotive and flat glass Tint-Off competition this year.”

Visit www.windowfilmmag.com /iwfc/seminars to view the full seminar line-up. Seminars will be held in the Louisville Marriott Downtown which is directly connected to the Hyatt Regency Louisville and the Kentucky International Convention Center via a skywalk.The IWFC is co-sponsored by Window Film magazine and the International Window Film Association. Auto Glass Week™ also will be held concurrently. The event is managed by Window Film magazine.

Visit http://www.windowfilm mag.com/iwfc/ to register for the event.

Israeli Film Company Offers Protection to Hospitals
The Israeli film company, Sunshield Safety Coating Solutions Ltd., has developed a strong niche by providing and installing film in hospitals. In fact, it set a goal to install more than one million square feet of safety and security films on all the windows and glazing in major hospitals throughout Israel. So far, Sunshield has orders from 16 out of the 28 area hospitals.

Sunshield has spent years explaining the benefits to government officials and urging them to add protection to buildings in the area.

“The turning point was when officials saw a school building we had protected in southern Israel that was hit by a Kassam rocket. All the windows that had security film on them were shattered in place while all windows in an adjacent building collapsed and people were injured,” says Uriel Nathan, CEO and owner of Sunshield. “Due to several projects where we installed films that proved to be life-saving, we had presented a plan to the ministry of defense to budget and prioritize security film installations in strategic buildings throughout the country which were vital for the normal routine of life. The Israeli hospitals project is a direct result of our efforts.”

With so many plans for installation at different hospitals the project has proved to be challenging. Hospitals also provide additional challenges when it comes to patient safety.

“Working in three to four public hospitals at the same time is a very complex task, as the work needs to be completed fast and well. Our installers and project managers must work in perfect harmony with the hospital staff. There must be a very good understanding with the hospital executives of the importance of this strategic work. That’s why, for example, before entering each hospital we urge our contacts to notify by e-mail all staff members regarding the work that will be done so everyone is prepared and they know what to do,” says Nathan. “From the installer point of view we have instructed all our teams to pay extra attention to special circumstances such as working in operation rooms, heart patients, maternity wards and nurseries.”

Sunshield used Llumar eight mil clear and solar combined security films on all of the hospitals. A total of 25 Sunshield installers have been involved in this project.

“This is not our first project installing security films for hospitals,” says Nathan. “In the second Lebanon War and in Operation “Cast Lead” we found ourselves working around the clock protecting hospitals in Northern and Southern Israel with missiles falling around us. In these tense times of uncertainty the importance of this project taking place before the next military tension is of great strategic and psychological value.”

Window Film Now Allowed on Big Rig Sidelites
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a clarification to the safety regulations relating to a truck’s window visibility that now allows the use of compliant window films on big rigs’ sidelites. “The clarification represents information that impacts millions of truck drivers who drive many hours at a stretch in ‘big rigs’ weighing more than 26,000 pounds,” says Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association. “The FMCSA has agreed with the International Window Film Association that the use of ‘clear’ window films with a minimum of 70 percent visibility rating installed on the front side windows is permitted.”

“Sadly long-haul drivers, have faced skin cancer as ‘one of the hazards of the job’ and we hope to help change that with this clarification,” said Smith.

According to the Smith, the change from the FMCSA came after numerous reports of higher than average rates of skin cancer on the left side of the face and arm, citing a 2011 article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, which pointed to driver-side UVA exposure as a likely contributor to the disease.

“The health and safety of America’s truck drivers is of the utmost importance to American Trucking Associations,” adds American Truck Association president and CEO Bill Graves. “Whether it is doing more to battle obesity and sleep apnea, or helping our drivers avoid skin cancer, ATA has consistently advocated for sensible regulations to ensure our drivers get and stay healthy. We appreciate the efforts of the IWFA to help our industry take another step in that direction.”

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