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Low Winter Sun Is An Unseen Danger

Washington, D.C. - September 27, 2021 – The sun's low angle and path of travel in fall and winter may present an unseen danger for people unprotected from its harmful UV rays, leading to possible skin cancer, eye damage and vehicle accidents from blinding glare, according to The International Window Film Association (IWFA).  The main unseen danger is skin cancer. The sun's UV radi­a­tion is a lead­ing fac­tor in the devel­op­ment of skin can­cers and the face, head and neck tend to remain exposed in winter months, where most skin can­cers occur. UV rays are ever present and up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pene­trate clouds. (Click on headline to view full story)

 

Making School Children Safer From Unseen Dangers

Washington, D.C. - August 31, 2021 – As children go back to school, two unseen dangers may confront them as they return, the first is inadequately secured windows and doors, and the second is doors and windows with wire glass, according to The International Window Film Association (IWFA).

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Window Film May "Smarten Your Ride©" and Protect Your Skin and Eyes From The Sun

Washington, D.C. - June 30, 2021 – The many levels of technology that go into the production and professional installation of automotive window films may "Smarten Your Ride©", as ordinary automotive glass, whether on a SUV, truck or car offers a vehicle's occupants little protection from the sun's harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays, according to the International Window Film Association. While many vehicles today have dyed or dark glass, most leave the occupants exposed to the sun's penetrating UV rays, which pass right through ordinary unprotected glass and the result may lead to skin cancer, cataracts, interior heat build-up and glare. (Click on headline to view full story)

With Remodeling Costs Soaring Window Film Offers Consumers More Choice and Saves Money Over The Cost of Replacement Windows

Washington, D.C. - May 24, 2021 – With remodeling costs soaring and homeowners caught between updating existing windows to achieve the desired goal to reduce carbon emissions, and a reported 300 percent increase in building materials, professionally installed window films may save the day and money.

While the energy savings of window films are comparable to replacement windows, they may cost about one-tenth the cost of replacement windows and their installation. Based on energy savings alone, the cost is usually recouped in less than a few years. Plus, window film may be installed in a day or less and are often warranted to last longer than 15 years. (Click on headline to read entire article)

Governors Proclaim National Window Film Day In Recognition of Its Contribution to Carbon Neutrality Goals

    

Washington, DC – April 13, 2021 – Many state Governors are proclaiming April 30 as National Window Film Day in recognition of the significant role that professionally installed window film may play in contributing to the achievement of carbon neutrality status in the coming decade.

Among the United States' governors proclaiming National Window Film Day (NWFD) are Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Other state proclamations are pending and a bit delayed due to the pandemic. Many localities are joining in to bring more visibility for window films. (Click on the headline to read entire story)

Up To $500 Federal Tax Credit Available For Residential Window Film

Washington, D.C. - March 10, 2021 – The International Window Film Association (IWFA) is letting owners of residential property know they may be eligible for a maximum Federal tax credit of up to $500 total for qualified energy improvements designed to reduce heat loss or gain of their primary home. Window film products qualify for this tax credit as an insulation material or system that is specifically and primarily designed to reduce heat loss or gain of a home. Instructions from the IRS on how to take this credit can be found here.

If the total of any nonbusiness energy property credits taken in previous years (after 2005) is more than $500, then a filer may be ineligible to take the credit in 2020. The IWFA suggests anyone filing for this credit may wish to consult a tax advisor. (Please click on headline to read entire article)

Window Film Association’s Global Board Expands To Sixteen Members

Washington, D.C. - February 3, 2021 – Indicative of the global growth of the window film industry, the International Window Film Association’s (IWFA) board has expanded to 16 members and elected a strong and experienced leadership team to help guide and further build on the worldwide recognition that window films may reduce energy costs, deliver more comfort, safety and offer smart design choices for commercial buildings, homeowners and motor vehicle operators. (Click on headline to read entire article)

Announcing The Industry’s First Virtual Accreditation Testing

Four Separate Accreditation Exams Now Available

 

Washington, D.C. - January 19, 2021 – The International Window Film Association is debuting the window film industry’s first online professional accreditation testing for four key areas of comprehension and knowledge, while providing the convenience to be tested in a secure and proctored environment wherever there is an Internet connection.

To deliver this first in the industry innovation, the IWFA is partnering with Everblue Training, a long-standing and leading education company with over 500 corporate, government and association clients and nearly 100,000 tests administered. Its comprehensive platform provides online exam hosting, proctoring, badging, registration and payment collection. (To read the full article click on the headline)

Window Film Trends Higher In Web Searches

Washington, D.C. --- December 9, 2020 – A review of Internet search trends over time, point to a growing interest in ‘window film’. When contrasted with search terms, such as ‘new window’ with the search term ‘window film’, it now matches, or overtakes ‘new window’. The five-year look back of the search terms was conducted using Google Trends, a cloud software program. Each term was looked at based on ‘Interest over time’. The numbers in the illustration shown represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. (To read entire news article click on the headline)

How Window Film May Benefit Your Home Before Winter Arrives

Washington, D.C. – November 2, 2020 – Professionally installed window films offer a high-tech and cost-effective way to help control energy use by reducing heating and cooling costs, delivering safety benefits, and protecting the skin and eyes and furnishings, states the nonprofit International Window Film Association (IWFA).

“Before harsh winter weather arrives, this is an opportune time to get in touch with a local window film dealer or installer to obtain more information about window film for your home or office,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. (Click on headline to read entire article)

 

 

Window Film Reduces Peak Energy Demand

Long Lasting Window Films May Give Utilities Load Flexibility To Reduce Power Demand and Rolling Blackouts

Long Lasting Window Films May Give Utilities Load Flexibility To Reduce Power Demand and Rolling Blackouts

Washington, D.C. – September 2, 2020 - California authorities issued the first rolling blackouts in 20 years that turned power off to over 400,000 homes in order to cope with peak energy demand in the midst of historic heatwaves, but the professional installation of window film on older, less energy efficient windows may have eased the peak demand burden in the Golden state.              

 If window film were installed on just 10 percent of the nearly 9,000,000 California dwellings built prior to   the energy building codes, research conducted on behalf of the nonprofit International Window Film   Association (IWFA) conservatively estimates that window film may cut a typical dwelling’s annual   energy use by 10 percent. Taken together the energy savings is comparable to about the annual output   of three, 500-Megawatt power stations.

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Window Film Association Launches Rock n’ Roll Marketing Support For Industry

Washington, D.C. – June 23, 2020 -  The International Window Film Association (IWFA), in an effort to support window film dealers and installers, is launching operation Rock n’ Roll, a program that offers free access to marketing materials that may help their sales and operations as they recover from any business slowdowns or closures related to the COVID-19 health emergency.

“Early in the COVID-19 health emergency, the IWFA provided concise summary information on government initiatives designed to lessen the economic headwind of the pandemic,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “Now, the next step is to quickly give access to easily understood marketing material that dealers and installers may decide to deploy in their local markets to help with sales.” (Click on headline to read full story)

Medical Professionals Suggest Car Window Film Tint For UV Protection

 

Washington, D.C. – May 26, 2020 – With a growing body of medical professionals recommending window film tint to protect automotive vehicle occupants from the sun’s harmful UV rays, the International Window Film Association (IWFA) has produced a guideline for inspecting professionally installed automotive window film tint. The guideline, which is available for free from the IWFA, is designed to assist both consumers and industry professionals to better understand the visual quality that should be expected following the installation of automotive window film tint. (Click on headline to read full article)

Window Film Provides A Protective Shield

Industry Salutes National Window Film Day on April 30th

The International Window Film Association (IWFA) representing leading manufacturers, distributors and dealers of window film, is saluting National Window Film Day (NWFD) on April 30th, a day of public education focused on window film as a protective shield  that may reduce energy costs, protect the skin and home decor from the sun’s damaging UV rays and offer improved window safety.

$500 Federal Tax Credit Announced For Energy Saving Window Film

 

Washington, D.C. – March 2, 2020 – The International Window Film Association (IWFA) announced that a Federal tax credit of up to $500 is available for qualifying residential window film. The tax credit is available for up to 10 percent of the documented amount paid for qualified nonbusiness residential energy efficiency improvements installed during 2019 and this year through December 31, 2020. The credit may also be available for window film installed in 2018 with the filing of an amended tax return. The tax credit for qualifying energy saving products is cumulative for a total, combined, credit limit of $500 for all tax years after 2005.

Window Film Association Elects Strong Leadership To Guide The Industry

Washington, D.C. - February 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. - February 3, 2020 – The International Window Film Association (IWFA) has elected a strong and experienced leadership team representing a cross-section of the window film industry to help guide and further build on the rapid adoption of window film as a multi-faceted building and automotive retrofit solution for both the commercial and consumer markets.

You Can’t Smear SPF-30 on Interior Furnishings To Protect Them From Winter’s Harsh Sunlight

Washington, D.C. - November 18, 2019 - With unrestricted access to a home’s interior, the winter sun’s destructive force of ultra-violet (UV) radiation and the more direct penetration through unprotected windows can damage costly furniture, drapes, floors and even the skin. 

Delaying Unauthorized Entry To Schools May Save Lives

Nonprofit Offers Guide On Securing School Exteriors

Washington, D.C. - August 13, 2019 - School intruders intent on harm is a community-wide concern and delaying their entry with Security Window Films on window and doors may buy time to allow for more response time and save lives, according to the nonprofit International Window Film Association (IWFA). 

Safety Improvements For Windows In Homes and Buildings

Washington, D.C. - July 8, 2019 - Windows can be an unseen safety threat to people and pets as the result of breaking glass and the resulting shards that may cut due to sharp edges and momentum, according to the nonprofit International Window Film Association (IWFA).

“Windows are critical to a building’s design and comfort, and they need to be evaluated to make sure they are both safe and effective,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “Take the time now to arrange for a professional window film dealer to evaluate and address them as needed to protect occupants,” he added.

Governors Proclaim National Window Film Day To Highlight Its Energy Efficiency and Health Benefits

Washington, DC – April 17, 2019

Washington, DC – April 17, 2019 – National Window Film Day (NWFD) is April 30, and the window film industry is wasting no time promoting it as it gains traction with governors and mayors across the United States, many of whom are issuing proclamations.

In alignment with proclamations issued by governors and mayors across theUnited States, NWFD is a day dedicated to furthering public education of the many benefits of professionally installed window film including: energy efficiency, indoor temperature comfort, blocking of 99 percent of the sun’s UVA rays, the reduction of glare and the fading of furnishings, and protection from possible harmful exposure to skin and eyes.

Women's Careers Advance To The Top In The Window Film Industry

International Window Film Industry Honors Women During The Month of March

Washington, D.C. - March 6, 2019 - This March the International Window Film Association (IWFA) honors women for their contributions to North America and the world and it is highlighting how far women have advanced in the window film industry. Women in the U.S. earn on average 81 percent of what men make, but the gender pay gap is narrower in the construction industry where women earn on average 96 percent of what men make.

Consumer Alert: Recouping The Cost For Full Window Replacement May Take Decades

Updating Existing Windows With Window Film Offers More Immediate Benefits

Washington, D.C. - February 12, 2019 - To save money on a building's energy costs, window replacement may not be a smart move, according to conclusions from government agencies indicating it may take decades to recoup the cash outlay for the installation of new, energy-efficient windows.

Window Film Industry Association Expands Global Representation

Strong Momentum Predicted For 2019 Window Film Market

Window Film Industry Association Expands Global Representation

Strong Momentum Predicted For 2019 Window Film Market

Washington, D.C. - January 22, 2019 - The International Window Film Association (IWFA), the largest global association promoting the many benefits of window film, is predicting further market growth for many of its manufacturer, distributor and dealer members in 2019. Window films are proven to be a smart and cost-effective way to enhance window performance without the need for window replacement.

To accommodate the growth of the industry, the nonprofit IWFA recently expanded the number of elected representatives to its board to 15. Members of the prestigious body work voluntarily in support of the industry and offer counsel and insight on market trends and industry standards.

New window Film Tint Law for Big Rig Truckers

America’s Big Rig Truckers Get The ‘10-4’ From the DOT

America’s Big Rig Truckers Get The ‘10-4’ From the DOT For Window Film Use In Cabs To Help Prevent Skin Cancer

Washington, D.C. --- April 3, 2012 -- The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit group, announced today that millions of commercial truck drivers on big rigs can now use window film on the cab’s side windows to keep them safe from the sun’s UVA rays, which have been linked to skin cancer. The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA), clarification to safety regulations relating to a truck’s window visibility now allows the use of compliant window films on big rigs, according to the IWFA. Historically, the enforcement community and the trucking industry have taken the position that no film is allowed on any commercial vehicle.

Keep Building Occupants Healthy and Comfortable with Professionally Installed Window Film

Window Film Protects Against UV Rays, Glare, and more

The feel of a work space can be dependent on a variety of factors - temperature, access to daylight, even the direction the building faces. As a building owner or manager, making sure your occupants are healthy and comfortable in their work environment is important and with this in mind, the International Window Film Association (IWFA), is encouraging the use of professionally installed window film.

Join the International Window Film Association in Celebrating National Window Film Day on April 30, 2018

Fifth Annual Recognition Shines a Light on Window Film and its Many Benefits

The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit trade association representing leading manufacturers, distributors and dealers, is proud to recognize April 30, 2018, as the fifth annual National Window Film Day (NWFD). 

The International Window Film Association Encourages Utility Companies to Help Customers Understand Window Film’s Benefits

Significant Energy Savings are Achievable with Professionally Installed Window Film

For utility companies in the business of selling power, demand can, on occasion, exceed capacity making operations inefficient. In response, the International Window Film Association (IWFA), is encouraging utilities to be aware of the energy savings benefits of professionally installed window film while educating their customers on the returns.

Stormy Weather Calls for Professionally Installed Window Film

Protect your home, office, and vehicles from the elements

According to Accuweather, on average, 12 tropical storms form in the Atlantic during hurricane season and this year there have already been 13. With this in mind and nor’easter season approaching, what can homeowners do to protect their homes, offices, vehicles and their families against high winds and extreme weather? 

 

Celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week with the IWFA

Professionally installed window film may reduce the risk of skin cancer

In recognition of the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 10-16, 2017, the nonprofit International Window Film Association (IWFA), encourages trucking companies and independent truckers to have professionally installed window film applied to their truck windows to block these invisible, but dangerous UV rays.

Keep Your Skin Safe While Traveling America’s Highways This Summer

Vehicles with professionally installed window film can reduce skin cancer risk

With the summer travel season in full swing, The International Window Film Association (IWFA) encourages consumers to have professionally installed window film placed on their vehicles’ windows to protect themselves and their passengers from the sun’s damaging UV rays.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month Tips from the International Window Film Association

Reduce your skin cancer risk with window film this month and year round

The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit trade association representing leading manufacturers, distributors and dealers, is proud to support Skin Cancer Awareness Month this May by providing education and awareness on the UV ray protection provided by professionally installed window film.

New "Go Green" Infographic Celebrates Professionally Installed Window Film Ahead of National Window Film Day

The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit trade association representing leading manufacturers, distributors and dealers, is proud to recognize April 30, 2017, as the fourth annual National Window Film Day (NWFD).

Go Green and Save Green with Window Film This St. Patrick’s Day

What better way to celebrate the spirit of the day than by going green and also saving green?

Why Punxsutawney Phil Doesn't Worry About Seeing His Shadow

The International Window Film Association suggests consumers and groundhogs use professionally installed window film to protect their home, eyes, and skin from UV rays

A New Outlook with Window Film

Help Make Your Home Its Best For Less

Many of today’s architectural designs incorporate large windows so families can enjoy more natural light. But despite the benefits of a warm, well-lit home, there can be a number of downsides to letting the sun stream in. That bright sunlight can cause heat build-up, excessive glare, fading of interior furnishings, and even skin cancer and cataracts.

12 Reasons to Celebrate Window Film During the Holidays

A holiday gift from The International Window Film Association (IWFA) whether at home, on the road, or in the office

Add a Layer of Protection, Safety and Comfort During Holiday Auto Travel

Window Film Acts as a Barrier to Dangerous UV Rays

In addition to the usual pre-trip automobile safety checks (tires, brakes, oil), the International Window Film Association (IWFA) advises drivers to take the precaution of adding professionally installed window film to protect automobile occupants and interiors from the dangers of UV rays.

Eye Safety In The Home: Protecting Against UV Rays

October is National Home Eye Safety Month

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home. While many of these injuries occur when an ambitious homeowner takes on home improvement projects without donning protective eyewear, there’s a less obvious, but no less dangerous, threat to eye safety in the home: the cumulative effects of the sun’s UV rays that enter through windows. 

Extreme Weather Calls For Home Window Safety

Professionally Installed Window Film Protects Homes From the Elements

The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit group comprised of window film dealers, distributors, and manufacturers, suggests professionally installed window film, which offers a host of safety benefits for consumers and their families, including protection from shattered windows and flying shards of glass.

Making Window Film History

NEW eBook Details Benefits of Professionally Installed Window Film for Historic Homes and Properties

NEW eBook Details Benefits of Professionally Installed Window Film for Historic Homes and Properties

New Ozone Report Highlights Continued Dangers of UV Rays

Professionally Installed Window Film Protects Skin and Eyes from the Sun’s Damage

California Energy Commission Approves Window Film Calculator for Use in Schools

Online tool calculates energy efficiency of window film, Proposition 39 grant readiness

Celebrating 25 Years of the IWFA

2016 Marks the 25th Anniversary of the International Window Film Association

International Window Film Association Integrates European Window Film Association as Chapter, Extends Global Reach

Reorganization furthers IWFA as leading nonprofit window film advocacy group

Many Utilities See Window Film As A Cost-Effective Way To Cut Peak Demand

Hot Temperatures, Water Shortages and Power Plants Nearing Capacity May Create A Perfect Storm For Power Gaps

Keep Your Cool By Boosting The Performance Of Your Existing Windows

New Brochure From Independent Rating Agency Shows How To Evaluate Window Films

Governors and Mayors Proclaim National Window Film Day

Join the Tweet Chat on National Window Film Day April 30th

What To Do About Fading Furniture and Decor?

The International Window Film Association Shares Answers on How to Reduce the Sun’s Impact Through a New Video and a Tweet Chat on National Window Film Day April 30th

Is Your Automotive Window Film Street Legal?

The IWFA Offers Health and Safety Tips For Vehicles With Window Film

Dangers of UV Rays From Indoor Sunlight Missed By Millions

Sitting In Front of A Window May Expose Children To Harmful UV Rays

Washington, DC – March 16, 2015 – More than 12 million Americans1 have children who may be
receiving dangerous levels of Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun when they sit
near unprotected windows, reports a new survey among U.S. adults with children
under 18 years old in their household. 

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