Building Safety Month: 3M Window Film Enhances Safety, Meets Building Code Requirements
Since 1980, the month of May has been recognized globally as Building Safety Month by the International Code Council. Throughout the month, agencies worldwide provide information to the public about safety enhancements and the importance of safety practices in the home and workplace.
Accent Distributing, a 3M™ Authorized Distributor, is participating in the 39th annual Building Safety Month by providing information about the benefits of 3M Window Film and how it can increase safety, assist a home or facility in meeting codes and decrease energy costs.
According to the International Code Council, homes and buildings constructed in compliance with building safety codes minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. In the wake of a disastrous hurricane season, devastating earthquakes and terrorist attacks, building safety codes are even more important.
Already, 3M™ Window Film has been installed in government and public facilities globally as a safety measure. Designed for both exterior and interior applications, 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film offers glass fragment retention, which means that it holds shattered glass together to protect people, property and possessions from active shooters, seismic events, spontaneous glass breakage and low-force glass impacts. When combined with 3M™ Impact Protection Adhesive Attachment Systems, the product becomes even stronger.
Meeting Building Codes
For new construction, local building codes often reference safety glass standards (for example, ANSI Z917.1 or 16 CFR 1201). 3M™ Safety Window Films have been impact tested to safety glass standards by independent test labs (including those that may be accredited by the Safety Glazing Certification Council to facilitate approval by a local code official). If the wrong glass was installed on a project, 3M™ Window Film can be added to windows to bring them to code and is up to seven times less expensive than installing new windows.
Decrease Energy Costs
3M™ Window Film also can lower energy costs. 3M™ Prestige Series Window Film rejects up to 97 percent of the sun’s infrared light and up to 60 percent of the heat that comes through the windows. This means there is less impact on an HVAC system. In fact, 3M™ Window Films are proven to save energy in all climate zones and may be used toward LEED credits for a building.
Building Safety Month is designed to raises awareness about critical safety issues, including structural, fire prevention, plumbing, electrical systems and energy efficiency. 3M™ Window Film assists facility managers, construction engineers and those in the profession of building safety to meet local building codes and protect the safety and welfare of the public. For more information about 3M™ Window Film, visit www.AccentDistributing.com.