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  • Solar Gard Window Film Calls for Increased Transparency as it Publishes Largest Environmental Product Declaration

    Published on November 18, 2010

    Chicago : Today Solar Gard is making available the results of its environmental product declaration (EPD), which scientifically substantiates that Solar Gard architectural solar control window films have a net positive environmental impact across the globe. An EPD is a complete assessment of the environmental impact of a product. Performed under ISO 14040 and 14025 standards for Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and reporting, it is globally accepted as the most comprehensive way to validate a product’s environmental performance. By disclosing the complete cradle-to-grave environmental impact of more than 30 architectural solar control window films, Solar Gard affirms its commitment to transparency, providing consumers and the building sector with the information they need to make environmentally responsible decisions.

    “Solar Gard’s is the largest EPD ever completed,”1 confirmed Julien LaFond, principal of Altanova, the organization that reviewed Solar Gard’s EPD data. “Their use phase analyzed the broadest number of geographies and building types, and they studied more products than any other manufacturer to date.” Solar Gard’s EPD is now recorded with two leading EPD registrars, The Green Standard, focused on products made in the US, and The International EPD System in Europe.

    Solar Gard’s architectural solar control window films help buildings consume up to 30 percent less energy for cooling by stabilizing interior temperatures and transforming standard glass into high performance windows. In doing so, Solar Gard helps reduce a building’s carbon footprint. “We are a pioneer in the architectural retrofit market and are the first to solidly demonstrate environmental responsibility by substantiating the claims of our energy-saving products. We believe all manufacturers making environmental claims should commit to transparency and this study proves scientifically that Solar Gard window films are a viable and legitimate energy-saving and environmentally-responsible solution for improving the building envelope,” said Christophe Fremont, president of Solar Gard. “It is shocking that so many companies claim environmental and energy-saving attributes when they do not have the science to support what they say. Claiming there are no international standards by which to measure the environmental impact of a product is simply an excuse to continue greenwashing.”

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