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  • Nearly 1,000 Birds Die in One Night After Flying into Chicago Lakeside Building

    Posted on October 9, 2023 by Joshua Huff Nearly 1,000 birds flew to their deaths this past Thursday in Chicago after crashing into a lakeside convention center. Approximately 961 birds were found dead outside the mostly glass-clad McCormick Place Lakeside Center. Reports indicate the deaths were likely a result of the convention center’s bright lights and poor weather. The combination of the two confused the birds, which flew into the facility’s nearly all-glass exterior. Studies show lights on buildings in migratory flight paths confuse birds’ navigation systems. As a result, birds will circle buildings repeatedly and die of exhaustion or collision. “I’ve been in Chicago for 40 years and bird-watch all the time, and I’ve never seen anything like that,” Douglas Stotz, senior conservation ecologist at the Field Museum of Natural History, told The New York Times. Stotz added the previous record death total at the convention center numbered 200. He said rain and warm weather stalled the birds’ migration south. When the weather cleared, they flew to the city in mass, leading to a perfect storm at McCormick Place. The convention center has long been known to be a death trap for birds. Since the early 1980s, more than 42,000 birds have been found dead after they collided with its windows. There have been discussions to retrofit the windows with patterned screening, but high costs have been a deterrent, reported the Chicago Sun Times in 2022. Annette Prince, director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, told Insider that McCormick Place occasionally keeps its lights on throughout the evening, which drew in the birds. She said that given the center’s location off the lake, it’s “the first encounter on the lake that birds can run into.” McCormick Place issued a statement claiming its lights are turned off unless workers and visitors are onsite. However, there was an event during the week of the bird strikes, so the lights were sometimes on. McCormick Place stated it is “truly saddened by the incident” and does what it can to protect birds, including participating in the Lights Out Chicago program and maintaining a six-acre bird sanctuary. The Lights Out Chicago program, established in 1995, encourages occupants of tall buildings to turn off or dim their decorative lights. The goal is to reduce the total light emitted from the building from 11 p.m. until sunrise during migratory seasons (mid-March to early June and late August to mid-November). Illinois is well acquainted with bird deaths as a result of glass collisions. The state passed the Bird-Safe Buildings Act in 2021, which requires bird-friendly designs to be incorporated into the construction and renovation of state-owned buildings. The designs include screens and shutters to be incorporated into the building, along with various types of glass, including opaque, etched, stained, frosted, ultraviolet patterned or translucent glass. Chicago has held off on implementing a 2020 ordinance that would give greater weight to bird protection measures when evaluating whether new projects meet the city’s sustainable development requirements. More than eight million birds migrate through Chicago. Many birds killed by Chicago buildings are small migrants from the tropics–warblers, thrushes, and tanagers, among others. Reports indicate most of the birds killed on Thursday were tiny warblers. This article is from USGNN™, the daily e-newsletter that covers the latest glass industry news. Click HERE to sign up—there is no charge. Interested in a deeper dive? Free subscriptions to USGlass magazine in print or digital format are available. Subscribe at no charge Sign up today.

  • Homeowners With Fading of Furnishings or Floors View Window Film As An Answer

    Washington, D.C. – May 18, 2023 – A recent poll of U.S. homeowners who have experienced fading of household furniture or floors near sunny windows, found 63 percent would consider having window film professionally installed to help reduce the sun’s heat, glare and its fading impact on furnishings for only a fraction of the cost of replacing the window itself. Window films block 99 percent of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that are a leading cause of fading, along with light, heat and other lesser factors, according to the International Window Film Association (IWFA). “Americans are spending more on furnishing their homes, so they naturally want to preserve the investment they have made for as long as possible and it seems they know enough about the harmful impact of the sun’s UV rays to see window films as a way to reduce the sun’s damage,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. For example, if a home’s wood floor has faded and needs to be replaced, it can cost as much as $6,400 for a 10 by 20 room, according to a recent study, that also states wood floors are one of the most popular features used to sell a home. In addition to helping to reduce interior fading , professionally installed window films may upgrade existing windows to improve their energy saving performance at a fraction of the cost of replacement windows. When considering window films, contact a local window film professional. IWFA member businesses are found at www.iwfa.com/dealer-locator/. This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by The Harris Poll on behalf of the International Window Film Association from April 25 – 27, 2023 among 1,430 U.S. homeowners ages 18 and older, among whom 688 experienced fading. For this study, the sample data is accurate to within +/- 2.9 percentage points using a 95 percent confidence level. Source - https://iwfa.com/news/harris-survey-homeowners-with-fading/

  • Using Indoor Sunlight To Improve Your Mood, Make You Feel Warmer, Protecting Skin and Furnishings

    Washington, D.C. - With November 3 marking the end of Daylight Savings and more pronounced shorter periods of daylight in the northern hemisphere, the nonprofit International Window Film Association is offering advice on how to maximize the benefits of indoor sunlight, while protecting the skin and furnishings. Shorter days and limited sunlight can cause people to feel down, decrease productivity and disturb natural sleep patterns. In more extreme cases the result is a form of depression know as #SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Fortunately exposure to bright light has been shown to alleviate the condition and improve performance. For example, according to the U.S Department of Education, children perform better in environments with natural light. Students in classrooms with the most day-lighting had a 20 percent better learning rate in math and 26 percent improved rate in reading compared to classrooms with little or no day-lighting. Similarly, a Cornell University study reports workers exposed to optimal daylight had a two percent increase in productivity, the equivalent of an additional $100,000 a year of value for every 100 workers. Workers in offices with optimized natural light also reported an 84 percent drop in symptoms of eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision symptoms, all of which can detract from productivity if not addressed. "On the other hand, too much indoor sunlight can be too bright and too warm, causing glare and thermal stress," said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. "The key is to balance the need for abundant natural light with the need to offer an even comfort level and protection for the skin and furnishings from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays," he added. Professionally installed window film may allow in ample natural sunlight without the downside risk of harmful UV rays that may damage the skin and eyes, cause hot-spots, glare and lead to higher energy costs. This article courtesy of the IWFA

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    BACK SOLYX GLASSLIKE DISTORTION & GRADIENT FILMS SOLYX GRADIENT FILMS ​ SXJ-0567 Solid Match This film recommended for use in conjunction with the most opaque area of the 71" white gradient films and 60" high SXJ-0548 and SXJ-0585. SXJ-0565 Namibia Gradient n elegant film that provides privacy while still allowing excellent light transmission. Silhouetted bushes surrounded by a misty tan background fading to white, then to clear. SXJ-0571-Matte Blades Gradient A beautiful gradient film with a design of symmetric, vertical, blades of grass, fading from solid white to clear. Perfect for graduated privacy. SXJ-0575 Honeycomb Gradient A modern geometric honeycomb gradient pattern with shades of grey, white and clear. Provides privacy while still allowing excellent light transmission. SXJ-0561 Fine Dot Gradient Perfect for graduated privacy. Gradation is from solid translucent white matte to clear in a fine dot formation. 60" HIGH. SXJ-0553 Sapphire Dot Gradient A modern sapphire dot pattern. Graduates in opacity from bottom to top. Perfect for semi-privacy. SXJ-0549 Variable Lines Gradient A beautiful gradient design with varying widths of vertical stripes, fading from solid white to clear. Perfect for graduated privacy. SXJ-0581 Matte Dual Fine Dot Gradien Gradation is from solid translucent white matte to clear in a fine dot formation; a dual direction fade composed of dots. Opaque in the middle, fading out to clear. Designed for eye-level privacy. 60" HIGH. SXJ-0580 Gloss Dual Fine Dot Gradien Gradation is a solid translucent dual fade fine dot pattern. Opaque in the center, fading out to clear up and down. Designed for eye-level privacy. 60" HIGH SXJ-0585 Dual Motion Gradient A simple duel fading gradient of blurred lines from white to clear from the center up and down. Excellent for semi-privacy while still allowing excellent light transmission. SXJ-0590 Point Gradient Point Gradient Dot window film graduates in opacity from the bottom of the film to the top. This film may also be installed with the opaque area at the top of the glass fading to clear towards the center. SXJ-0591 Dual Feather Gradient A simple feathered dual fading gradient from white to clear from the center up and down. Excellent for semi-privacy while still allowing excellent light transmission. SXJ-0580 Gloss Sym Fine Dot Gradient Gradation is a solid translucent dual fade fine dot pattern. Opaque in the center, fading out to clear up and down. Designed for eye-level privacy. SXJ-0585 Dual Motion Gradient A simple duel fading gradient of blurred lines from white to clear from the center up and down. Excellent for semi-privacy while still allowing excellent light transmission. SXJ-0594 Triangle Gradient A stunning white and frost triangle patterned gradient, providing semi-privacy as the triangles disperse from the bottom upwards. SXJ-0593 Dual Triangle Gradient A stunning triangle dual fading gradient pattern. Provides semi-privacy as the triangles disperse up and down from the center. SX-SC-687 Sandy Glade Gradient A beautiful, non-adhesive static cling privacy film. The white blades are broader at the bottom and become narrower towards the top. This film has a sand blast finish that matches SX-SC465 Sand. SXJ-0545 Beach Grass Gradient A beautiful gradient of beach grass surrounded by mist, fading from solid white to clear. Perfect for graduated privacy. SXJ-0592 Isoline Dual Frost Gradient A horizontal, lineal, dual-fading gradient with a grey frosted lines design. Lines become narrower from the center band up and down. Excellent for semi-privacy while still allowing excellent light transmission. SXJ-0535 Omega Gradient A dual fade gradient of stripes that gradually reduce in thickness from the center of the film, outward up and down. Roll height is 60". SXJ-0540 Gradient Static Lines Gradient Static Lines window film graduates in opacity from the bottom to the top of the film. This film may also be installed with the opaque area at the top of the glass fading to clear towards the center. SXJ-0541 Broken Lines Gradient his window film graduates in opacity from the bottom to the top of the film. A white, cracked, lines design. Perfect for semi-privacy. SXJ-0546 Organic Cotton Gradient Simulates muslin or cotton fabric that fades from semi-transparent to clear. An elegant film that provides privacy while still allowing excellent light transmission. SXJ-0530 Gradient Stripes Window film graduates in opacity from the bottom to the top of the film. Perfect for semi-privacy. SXJ-0500 White Matte Dot Gradation Perfect for graduated privacy. Gradation is from solid translucent white matte to clear in a dot formation 60" HIGH SX-9050 Ribbed Glass SX-9050 Ribbed Glass Clear is an embossed polyester decorative privacy film with a 3/8" rib design running along the length of the roll. 2-mil thick, silicone-coated liner, pressure-sensitive adhesive. Recommended for application to interior glass and is ideal for privacy, decorative, or architectural applications. SX-9060 Ribbed Glass Frosted SX-9060 Ribbed Glass Frosted is an embossed polyester decorative privacy film with a 3/8" rib design running along the length of the roll. 2-mil thick, silicone-coated liner, pressure-sensitive adhesive. Recommended for application to interior glass and is ideal for privacy, decorative, or architectural applications. Also includes a frosted coating for additional opacity and increased privacy. SOLYX GLASSLIKE DISTORTION WINDOW FILMS SVG-6605 SimRain SimRain. A polyester film that simulates rain on glass. A self-adhesive film that is easily removable. This film provides semi privacy and high light transmission. NOTE: This film was re-engineered January 2018 as a polyester film - it may not match older versions of SGV-6605 SimRain. SGV-6615 Chrysalis A unique pattern of clear flowers stretching and dancing on a frosted background. SGV-6614 FleurDeLis A clear, elegant pattern of the classic stylized Fleur De Lis (Lily flower) on frosted film. SGD-6008 Glazed Circles SimGlas Glazed Circles Dusted Window Film for attractive privacy with high light transmission. SGV-6612 Frosted Persimmon A beautiful design! Crystal Clear silhouette of Persimmon branches and fruit on frosted film. Attractive durable film providing semi-private distraction. SGV-6610 Frosted Ice Cubes Crystal Clear cubes on frosted film. Cubes are 1/4" x 1/4" with a 1/8" frosted border. Attractive durable film providing semi-private distraction. SGV-6608 Frosted Diamond Frosted background with a clear diamond pattern for attractive privacy with high light transmission. SGV-6601 Master Ray Simulates Master Ray Glass. Attractive privacy film. Rectangles are 1.5" x .25" SGD-6007 Gridlock Gridlock Dusted Window Film. Attractive privacy with high light transmission. SGD-6006 Glazed Leaf Glazed Leaf Window Film for attractive privacy with high light transmission. SGD-6003 Croshana Croshana Window Film. SimGlas Dusted Window Film for attractive privacy with high light transmission. SGD-6004 Shimmer Shimmer Dusted Window Film. Attractive privacy with high light transmission. SGD-6001 Manhatten SimGlas Dusted Window Film for attractive privacy with high light transmission. (A Derivative pattern from our SXHE-1034 Ice Forest film) SGV-6613 FrostedStrie Clear, soft, natural striped strié lines on frosted film. Attractive durable film providing semi-private distraction. SX-9000 Clear Waters Clear Waters Translucent clear (colorless) embossed vinyl film. Pattern runs down the length of the roll. Vertically installed. Has the appearance of ocean waves when installed horizontally. Ideal for semi-obscuring direct visibility while allowing good light transmission SGC-6523 Coventry Beautiful simulation of old hammered glass with European iron grill work. Excellent privacy film. Baguette is 6" x 3", Diamond is 1" x 1". SGD-6011 Olde English Beautiful simulation of old hammered glass with English iron grill work. Excellent privacy film. Diamond Dimensions: 3"w x 6"h SX-1259 Wavy Glass A polyester, adhesive, semi-transparent film, simulating real glass. This age-old design of wavy glass provides good view distortion for privacy. SX-1258_GlassBlocks4in A lightly textured, semi-transparent, polyester film that simulates glass blocks and provides a distorted view with excellent light transmission. SX-1257 Glass Blocks 6in A polyester, adhesive, semi-transparent film, simulating real glass blocks. This age-old design of wavy glass blocks provides good view distortion for privacy. The blocks measure 6" x 6". 60" wide. SGC-6507 Mazalite Textured, crystal clear glasslike film providing semi privacy distraction. SGC-6509 Antique Glass This film very nicely simulates very old antique glass SGC-6505 Amobite Clear Textured glass film. This incredible film provides semi private distraction. SGC-6503 Charice Crystal clear glasslike distraction window film for semi privacy. Amazing film! SGC-6521 Ice Melt Glasslike transparent film for good view distortion. SGC-6511 Fizzle Glass Provides good semi privacy. Looks and feels like real glass. SGC-6510 First Impression Glasslike clear film for good view distortion. SGC-6515 Fluted Glass Film SGC-6515-58 Fluted Glass Window Film This adhesive polyester film very nicely simulates textured glass. Vertical crystal clear fluted lines providing semi private distortion views. Flutes are 3/16” wide / 0.1875” in between Show More

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    BACK DICHROIC & SPECIALTY WINDOW FILMS ​ RE1SIAR SILVER 1 REFLECTIVE OPAQUE Silver 1 Reflective Opaque film is a highly reflective mirror window film that can be used on a building’s interior glass. Turns any glass into a silver mirror! This film has a scratch resistant surface! Silver 1 also blocks 99% of UV light to reduce the discoloring/fading caused by sunlight. DF-PA Chill DF-PA Chill colors shift between cool tones of blue/magenta/yellow and gold/blue. Made of premium grade multi-layered polymeric film. Non-metallic, non-conductive, and non-corrosive. Applications include interior and interior-perimeter glass surfaces. DF Chill - No Adhesive, No Liner No Adhesive, No Liner. The DF Chill colors shift between cool tones of blue/magenta/yellow and gold/blue. Made of premium grade multi-layered polymeric film. Non-metallic, non-conductive, and non-corrosive. Applications include interior and interior-perimeter glass surfaces. DF-PA Blaze The DF-PA Blaze colors shift between warm tones of cyan/blue/magenta and red/gold. Made of premium grade multilayered polymeric film. Non-metallic,non-conductive, and non-corrosive. Applications include interior and interior-perimeterglass surfaces. DF Blaze - No Adhesive, No Liner No Adhesive, No Liner. The DF Blaze colors shift between warm tones of cyan/blue/magenta andred/gold. Made of premium grade multilayered polymeric film. Non-metallic,non-conductive, and non-corrosive. Applications include interior and interior-perimeterglass surfaces.

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    BACK SH2FGAT ALTAIR A modern design that expresses bold fiber textures of handmade Japanese paper. SH2FGBU BUCKRAM Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2FGBUG BUCKRAM REALT AND GRAY Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2FGBL BURLAP Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2CSBLC BURLAP CHAMPAGNE GOLD Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2FGCV CANVAS Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2CSCVC CANVAS CHAMPAGNE GOLD Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2SICMR CHAIN MESH REFLECT Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2CSGC GRAIN CHAMPAGNE GOLD Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2CSGS Grain Silver Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2PTKU KENUN A beautiful decorative rice paper film for light and privacy control. SH2FGLN LINEN Shows a texture of white coarsely woven linen. Ideal for creating a soft, natural texture space. SH2LNCR LINEN CRYSTAL Shows a texture of white coarsely woven linen, with a frosted background providing additional privacy. Ideal for creating a soft, natural texture space. SH2PTRK RIKYU A frosted film with the delicate texture and look of rice paper. SH2PTSF SAFU A modern design that expresses bold fiber textures of handmade Japanese paper. SH2PTSA SAGANO Translucent white rice paper film with a subtle, random cross-hatch fiberglass design. SH2FGSE Sensai Linen Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2CSSEC SENSAI LINEN CHAMPAGNE GOLD Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2EMWP WEAVE PEARL Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. SH2EMWG WEAVE PEARL AND DARK GRAY Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. FABRIC, FROST, MATTE WINDOW FILMS ​

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