EESCC Standardization Roadmap Comment Period to End Soon

Feb 25th, 2014

The public comment period for the ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) V1.0 draft will end on March 15. The draft of the roadmap can be viewed at and comments can be submitted there as well. The EESCC Standardization Roadmap V1.0 draft currently outlines 116 recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built […]

Energy Secretary: 2013 a “Banner Year” for Solar

Feb 25th, 2014

At a luncheon at the U.S. Press Club in Washington, D.C., last week U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the country has more than doubled the amount of wind and solar electricity over the last five years and “we see a doubling of that again in the next five years.” In the prior […]

E-Chromic Technologies Accelerating Commercialization of Reflective Electrochromic Window Film

Feb 20th, 2014

Boulder, Colo.-based E-Chromic Technologies announced the first closing of a $600,000 Series Seed financing round led by Amplifier Ventures, a seed stage venture capital fund based in the Washington, D.C. region. E-Chromic Technologies is developing a reflective electrochromic thin film that enables users to control light and solar heat transmission through windows. The company says […]

Torrent of Severe Weather Conditions Paves Way for Tax-Free Window Film Sales

Feb 19th, 2014

Many people are familiar with the ever-popular tax-free weekend hosted in many states, oftentimes for back-to-school events. School isn’t the catalyst for all tax-free holidays, however. Blame Jack Frost and Mother Nature. Several states have severe weather awareness weekends, allowing consumers to purchase weather preparedness goods and services, which includes window film. Currently, the three […]

Window Film-Related Franchises Named to Top Franchise List for 2014

Feb 19th, 2014

Four window film-related companies have been recognized as top franchises for 2014 by the Franchise Business Review. Among the 200 companies listed, four companies that offer window film services were acknowledged. In the Automotive segment, Tint World and Ziebart were both listed. According to the listing, Tint World requires a start-up investment ranging $99,974-$178,818 along […]

Poor Weather Puts a Damper on Builder Confidence in February

Feb 19th, 2014

Unusually severe weather conditions across much of the nation along with continued concerns over the cost and availability of labor and lots resulted in builder confidence in the market for newly-built, single-family homes to post a 10-point drop to 46 on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “Clearly, constraints […]

Cold Weather Drives Housing Starts Down in January

Feb 19th, 2014

Due largely to unusually severe weather, across much of the nation, housing starts fell 16 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 880,000 units in January, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, single-family permits, which are often a harbinger of […]

Catching Up With HanitaTek’s New GM

Feb 12th, 2014

HanitaTek has been relatively quiet following all the changes in personnel it has undergone in the past few months. But do not mistake that quiet for inaction as the company’s new general manager readies it for rapid growth. Window Film magazine recently sat down with GM Ronen Scheflan who explained the reasons behind the actions. […]

Too Cold to Tint – Winter Weather Preventing Window Film Installations

Feb 12th, 2014

Freezing temperatures are keeping many installers in the East and Midwest from completeing jobs.

If you live east of the Mississippi, chances are you’ve been impacted by the recent onslaught of winter weather. From snow and sleet to freezing rain, schools and businesses in the East and Midwest have been closed multiple times since the start of the New Year. For window film companies, the consistently frigid climate is […]

Window Film Industry on a Roll to a Successful 2014

Feb 12th, 2014

The International Window Film Association (IWFA) says it has expanded its board by 30 percent, increasing from 10 to 13 members, and saw a 15 percent jump in its dealer membership with the start of the New Year. Joining the IWFA board as new manufacturer members are Michael Martin of American Standard Window Film and […]