Solutia low-emissivity window film wins 2013 AIMCAL Technology of the Year Award

During the recently-held Business Meeting of the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators, EnerLogic VEP35 Low-E Window Film from Solutia received the Technology of the Year Award. The low-E film delivers 92% more insulating performance as measured by centre-of-glass R value.

The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) bestowed its Technology of the Year Award on Eastman Chemical Co. subsidiary, Solutia, Fieldale, VA, for its EnerLogic VEP35 Low-E Window Film during the Business Meeting at its annual Management Meeting.
The patent-pending window film, which earned Finalist status in the Coated, Laminated or Metallized Product Category, and also received the Technology Award in the Other Category in AIMCAL’s Vacuum Metallized or Coated Product Competition, consists of a 2-mil clear polyethylene terephthalate film with ultraviolet absorbers and multiple coatings. The resulting structure maintains flexibility, limits stress cracking, prevents smudges and scratches and delivers an emissivity of 0.07, a substantial improvement over the 0.33 emissivity rating of the next best performing low-E film. In addition, anti-reflective layers reduce the amount of rainbow, or oil slick, appearance traditionally associated with low-E window films when installed near high-performance fluorescent lighting. The low-E structure maximizes energy savings by reflecting heat from the sun in the summer and directing radiant heat back into the room during the winter. As a result, applying the film boosts insulating ability equal to adding a pane of glass at a fraction of what a replacement window would cost. In fact, the film delivers 92% more insulating performance as measured by centre-of-glass R value. Return-on-investment for large commercial buildings averages 2.75 years. Installation of EnerLogic VEP35 Low-E Window Film may earn energy rebates and favourable ratings from Green Building certification programmes such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The judges also named two other finalists in the 2013 Technology of the Year Competition, one in the Coating/Laminating Equipment/Accessories Category and one in the Metallizing Equipment/Accessories Category.