Architectural Films and LEED Certification Puget Sound


Window films have been used for many years, primarily for their ability to reduce solar heat gain and save energy. With the advent of green building and sustainable development standards, window films can now play an important part in green building certification, such as LEED for Existing Buildings.

Intent – Achieve increasing levels of energy performance above the prerequisite Energy Star Rated Building standard to reduce environmental impacts associated with excessive energy use.
How Window Film Can Play a Role – Window films can provide 5-15% whole building energy savings, enabling improvement in the Building Energy Star Rating, providing 1 to possibly 3 LEED points
Indoor Environmental Quality – Credit 7.1 Thermal Comfort: Compliance 1 Point

Intent – Provide a comfortable thermal environment that supports the productivity and well-being of building occupants
How Window Film Can Play a Role – A majority of building occupants report a significant improvement in thermal comfort after window film installation, due to reduced solar heat gain
Indoor Environmental Quality – Credits 8.1 and 8.2 Daylight and Views 1 to 2 points

Intent – Provide a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoor environment through introduction of daylight and views into the occupied areas of the building
How Window Film Can Play a Role – Solar-Control and Glare-Reduction Properties of window film often helps to significantly reduce the need for closed blinds or shades, thus improving the introduction of daylight and a connection to the outdoor environment light reduction from window film is LESS than total view and light reduction from closed blinds or shades
Sustainable Site – Credit 7 – Light Pollution Reduction 1 Point

Intent – Eliminate light trespass from the building and site, improve night sky access and reduce development impact on nocturnal environments
How Window Film Can Play a Role – Window film reduces light trespass from building at night since most films reduce light transmission 50% or more.

One building we have helped achieve this is the Lutheran Wellness Center, which BCRA had a large part to play in making it LEED certified and recruited us to help out.Tacoma Police Dept. Was another project we helped do the same thing.

If you are interested in LEED or want more info please call us 800.404.3695 or visit

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