Window Film Changes in the New Year

January 8th, 2014 | Category: Industry News

The window film industry reaches several milestones in the new year. Most notably, National Fenestration Rating Council labels are now required for window film as part of the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The requirement took effect January 1.

2014 also brought the expiration of tax credits and implementation of new tinting laws. According to the Reference Nonresidential Appendix NA6 and NA7.4, CEC building codes will include dynamic glazing, window films and new maximum values for visible transmittance, effective January 1, 2014. To obtain this rating, NA7.4 states, “The responsible party shall verify the following:

1. The thermal performance for each fenestration product matches the building plans, energy compliance documentation, and the label certificate; and,

2. The delivery receipt or purchase order matches the delivered fenestration product(s); and.

3. Verify the NFRC Label Certificate is filled out and includes an NFRC’s Certified Product Directory (CPD) number or that the FC-1 or FC-2 matches the purchase order or detailed receipt; and,

4. The Certificate of Acceptance form is completed and signed.”

Additionally, energy-efficient tax credits for window film purchases expired at the end of 2013. The personal tax credit program which included purchases for window film made in 2011, 2012 and 2013 expired December 31 and has not been extended into 2014. Under the credit owners of existing homes received a tax credit worth 10 percent of the cost of upgrading the efficiency of the building’s envelope. Installation (labor) costs were not included and the maximum credit was $500 for all improvements.

Several new laws affecting window film have also gone into effect as of January 1, including HB 2406 in Oregon. HB 2406 amends state law, removing a section about rear window coverings so it reads, “A person commits the offense of obstruction of vehicle windows if the person drives or moves on any highway or owns and causes or knowingly permits to be driven or moved on any highway any vehicle with windows obstructed in a manner prohibited under this section … This subsection only applies to the following windows of the vehicle:

  1. The front windshield;
  2. The side-wings;
  3. The side windows on either side forward of or adjacent to the operator’s seat.”

Illinois also saw SB 1524/PA 98-0153 become law, which, “Preempts home rule with respect to window tinting of automobiles. State law establishes a maximum level of tint. The intent of this bill is to prohibit municipalities from mandating a lighter tint. This would prevent motorists for being ticketed while driving in cities they don’t normally visit.”

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