The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio has recently installed 3M Prestige Window Film on its exterior glass, reports The Azo Build Network.
The 150,000 square-foot museum had unique needs, which window film addressed. Notably, the museum uses natural light for its exhibits, but cannot expose them to ultraviolet (UV) rays. It also sought to limit cooling costs.
The museum also wanted a solution that preserved its unique aesthetic features. In addition, the angle of the building made it hard to install standard window coverings. At the same time as meeting these needs, the museum was looking for energy saving solutions. Window films offered the right match by blocking ultraviolet rays but not changing the museum's appearance.
"With the installation of Prestige Exterior 40, the windows can now reject both heat and UV rays, while reducing the visible reflectivity of the existing glass," explains Azo.
Making use of nano technology but no metal, the 3M Prestige Series window films offered the ideal combination of advantages for the Ohio museum. The films have a reflectivity that is lower than glass, block 97 percent of infrared light and 99.9 percent ultraviolet (UV) light. The films are also undetectable, so that museum goers enjoy the Hall's exhibits without any distractions.
Brian Kenyon, the CFO of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, reaffirmed the benefits of window film for his organization.
"It protects our artifacts from UV rays, improves our visitor experience and reduces energy consumption. This window film is durable enough to give us years of performance while simultaneously enhancing the aesthetics and efficiency of the museum," Kenyon said.
Finally, the films offer big benefits in terms of energy savings for the Museum—in the range of $20,000-$40,000 each year.