New window film savings calculator approved for California schools

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved a new Window Film Savings Calculator for use by local educational agencies statewide.

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New window film savings calculator approved for California schools
The calculator will be used to determine whether a window film installation project qualifies for funding (at 100% of the installed cost) in the Proposition 39 (Prop 39) application process for energy efficiency upgrades to educational facilities (primarily K-12 grades). To be approved under the program guidelines, the "local education agency" (school or school district, known as an LEA) must be able to demonstrate to the CEC that the project has both a savings-to-investment ratio (SIR) of at least 1.05 and a simple payback within the life of the project contract under the program. The calculator can be accessed for use at www.windowfilmcalculator.com.
Prior to the availability of this calculator, window film could be used in a Prop 39 project on schools but only through use of a full building energy simulation program, which could be costly and time-consuming for small LEAs. Other LEAs which want to consider window film application as a standalone upgrade rather than part of a whole building upgrade project which might also include lighting, insulation, or HVAC modifications were also excluded. Although there were existing simple calculators already approved and in use for many other building upgrades under Prop 39, there were none for window film installation approved by the CEC. The International Window Film Association (IWFA), utilizing the services of ConSol, a California-based energy consulting services company, worked with the CEC to develop and make available a...
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