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3M comes up with novel solution to overheating in commercial buildings

3M, the diversified technology company, has developed a novel solution to the problems of excessive sunlight and heat in commercial buildings.

The modern trend of using polycarbonate or acrylic instead of glass in commercial buildings can often result in excessive sunlight and heat, creating an uncomfortably hot environment.

The new 3M Sun Control Window Film Silver 15 Plastic is proven to reduce solar heat by up to 80 per cent and is suitable for either internal or external application. Easily installed using water and a soap solution, it is ideal for applications ranging from offices, shopping malls and sports centres to swimming pools and conservatories.

Unlike other sun control solutions, this product reflects the sun’s rays, reducing UV by 99 per cent while maintaining optical clarity. The UV reduction is key as prolonged exposure to sunlight is likely to cause significant and lasting damage to skin.

Installation of this film will also play a key part in reducing the use of cooling equipment, and so in reducing energy bills and carbon footprint. It reduces glare by 82 per cent, with total solar heat rejection of a massive 85 per cent.

Other benefits include preservation of the appearance of furniture, fabrics and other interior fittings which are less likely to fade due to the protection offered by the film.

Meanwhile, the building’s external appearance will benefit thanks to the film’s abrasion resistant surface, while the film also protects plastic surface materials from weathering damage. The film can be easily and quickly removed without leaving adhesive residues.

Faye Wilson, Senior Marketing Executive, Construction Markets, at 3M, explained: “Polycarbonate and acrylic glazing offers many benefits but is prone to allowing penetration of excessive light and heat in sunny conditions. The Silver 15 Plastic product will deliver a cost-effective and lasting solution to these issues. Not only does it create a cooler and more pleasant working environment, increasing productivity, but it will help to save costs on cooling and damage to furniture and fabrics, while maintaining the overall appearance of the building.”

3M is a trademark of 3M Company.

Email: fwilson@mmm.com


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