Understanding Sustainable Design
Reducing carbon footprint is a critical component of corporate sustainability programs. Property managers/owners, utilities, and government regulators are looking beyond simple payback and energy savings. Products must also be "carbon neutral."
To be carbon neutral, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from product manufacturing and distribution must be offset by energy savings and GHG emissions reduction from the products' use.
What is a Carbon Footprint?
"Carbon foot print" is a term that is commonly used to describe the amount of GHG emissions caused by a particular activity or entity.
To calculate a carbon footprint, emissions of individual GHGs are converted to the measurement of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2 equivalents) using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 100-year Global Warming Potential (GWP) factors. This allows the potential effect on climate change from different activities to be evaluated on a common basis.
How Can Window Film Support Sustainability?
According to a recent Life Cycle Assessment, Vista™ architectural window film products become carbon neutral in less than two months after installation. With an average service life of 15 years, this means that these products are typically providing 14-plus years of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions after accounting for the products' total carbon footprint.
Not only does Vista window film deliver a positive impact for the environment in energy savings and GHG emissions reductions, it also contributes to an avoidance of solid wastes typical of window replacement.