St Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) July 11, 2013
As energy prices continue to rise and communities across the globe face prolonged power outages due to unprecedented natural disasters, zero net energy (ZNE) buildings offer resilient spaces that are resistant to volatile energy markets and remain operational in the face of emergencies. Madico Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automotive, solar, safety and security window films, recently contributed to the completion of the first zero net energy home in South Tampa, FL.
ZNE buildings must produce an equal or greater amount of energy than their actual power usage, which requires both renewable on-site power generation and energy efficiency measures. An essential component of this initiative, Madico window films protect buildings from the extreme temperatures outside to reduce heating and cooling energy requirements. In the summertime, Madico’s films can block 86 percent of the sun’s heat, and conversely the films help buildings retain heat in the winter. Most importantly, as existing buildings work toward achieving net-zero energy consumption, window films enable energy savings without creating waste.
“Window film is an often overlooked solution to save energy and money in a home,” said Jeffrey Plummer, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing, Madico. “The South Tampa ZNE home is proof that window film increases the overall energy efficiency of a home and is an important consideration for contractors seeking inexpensive, eco-friendly building solutions.”
After several years of planning and conversion, South Tampa residents Dan and Christine Fisher recently completed their transition to a zero net energy home. To develop their eco-friendly and sustainable building, the Fishers focused on an efficient use of energy, water, and building materials. As part of this system, Dan and Christine installed Madico Solar Grey Exterior 20 film to the exterior of all their windows, bolstering the heat rejection and energy saving properties of the windows. Additional components of this net zero home include:
- Double hung, high-impact (up to 130 mph), energy efficient ENERGY STAR windows
- Attic insulation
- Solar hot water system
- Solar photovoltaic system
- Solar-powered attic fan
- Low-flow toilets
“For over four years, we strived to create both a zero net energy and a green home, and to lessen our carbon footprint,” said Dan Fisher, net zero home owner. “Adding the UV solar film to our windows improved their heat rejection and energy saving properties, ultimately helping us reach net zero.”
About Madico Window Films
Headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL, Madico Window Films develops, manufactures, and markets technologically advanced laminates. With roots dating back over a century and an unrivaled commitment to quality of design, Madico continues to pioneer industry-first products and processes with a focus on solar control window films for vehicles, homes and commercial property.