Solutia Receives Grant to Invest in Energy-Efficient Building TechnologiesJuly 8th, 2010 | Category: Industry News
Solutia recently received grant money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE is investing more than $76 million dollars in companies that are working to make U.S. buildings and homes more energy-efficient (CLICK HERE to read more).
Solutia received $356,000 of this for its Performance Films segment, which intends to use the grant for the continued research, development and commercialization of high-performance, energy-efficient retrofit window film technology for residential and commercial buildings.
“The Department of Energy has recognized the value of window films as a retrofit solution to improving energy efficiency,” said Ray Kollar, president and general manager of Solutia’s Performance Films segment. “Today’s consumers have also learned that, just like changing their lighting, window films are an affordable, easy-to-make choice that can add significant energy savings and real value. As a global leader in film technology, we’ll use this grant to keep pushing the technology forward.”
“A building’s energy efficiency starts at its windows,” explains Dave Kaliser, director of product marketing – architectural for Solutia’s Performance Films segment. This will allow technologies similar to those in high-performance low-E glass coatings to be adopted into retrofit window films, while keeping costs in line with the market. “The technologies we’re working on include improved coating flexibility and low infrared-transmission coatings,” Kaliser continues. “These easy-to-install window films can increase energy efficiency year round, with much faster paybacks than traditional window replacement and substantially better energy savings per dollar spent.”