As energy costs fluctuate, building and home owners are taking steps to reduce operational costs without compromising the natural light that streams into these structures. In many cases these locations are faced with overbearing heat, creating uncomfortable living and working environments. The skylights and walls of windows that were seen as assets can become detriments.
With the installation of solar control window film, comfort can be enhanced, art and furnishings can be preserved, and energy can be saved while continuing to harvest natural daylight.
CHB has been a trusted resource for The Smithsonian, The Rockefeller Archives, The International Center of Photography and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, helping to safeguard their collections and enhancing their environments. In addition, homeowners have been able to enjoy living areas with sprawling windows. Likewise, retail centers, government agencies, and restaurants take advantage of natural lighting while deriving energy savings and creating comfortable settings for customers. A major pediatric hospital in New York had massive skylights that provided natural light at its pediatric cancer wing. However, during summer months the temperatures hovered in the 80s. CHB installed solar films that brought the temperatures down to comfortable levels for these patients.
CHB goes the distance and gets the job done.
Through CHB’s development of OSHA-approved rope support and other installation-access systems, CHB has pioneered the installation of exterior solar films and with its international technology partners, CHB leads the way in long-duration exterior solar control window films, bringing European technology to the United States.
To overcome excess solar heat, providing needed comfort to hospital patients and staff reducing energy consumption and costly utility bills.
Rejecting unbearable heat and enhancing cool comfort, easing the burden of patients and hospital staff alike.
To furnish and install a clear, architecturally-sensitive and Landmark-approved, window film on New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest acquisition, The Breuer, located at the original historic site of the Whitney Museum.
Working with The Met’s conservation staff and CHB’s technology partners – among the leading film manufacturers – to test UV-blocking window films, to determine the one most effective for the purposes of blocking the broadest range of the sun’s UV radiation to best mitigate UV-based fading damage to the Met’s Breuer art collection.
Following CHB’s successful work with The Smithsonian’s Carnegie Mansion and Cooper Hewitt Museum, and the Rockefeller Archive Center’s historically significant home in Pocantico, CHB and the Met’s conservation staff were able to test the leading UV films, and determine that one film, alone, stood out from the pack, providing the broadest, most comprehensive UV protection.
Working with one of the nation’s leading construction contracting firms, CHB successfully installed this film on the museum’s panoramic glazing, providing an invisible shield against UV-damage, protecting the museum’s trove of art while preserving the architectural integrity and beauty of this most important of New York City landmarks.
After acquiring 600 Third Avenue, in the heart of Manhattan’s Midtown East Grand Central district, premier real estate development company, L&L, embarked on a major initiative to restore and modernize class “A” office building which serves as the gateway to the Third Avenue office renaissance.
CHB is proud to have played a small but significant role in this project, removing dark tinted solar film and installing new-age spectrally-selective (virtually clear) solar heat/fade control window film on the building’s curtain wall windows. These efforts complemented the building’s new HVAC system and to make the building more energy efficient.
CHB teamed with other contractors at this building and through this collaboration the following goals were reached:
- Restoration of the building’s architectural integrity with the return of clear windows.
- Unique environmental quality improvement by brightening the building interiors.
- “Light-harvesting” … allowing use of intelligent interior lighting and increased natural daylighting, to reduce costly reliance on interior lighting.
- Energy cost savings, passed on to tenants, making 600 Third Avenue an environmentally responsible and “smart-choice” location for class “A” commercial tenants.
- Enhanced interior comfort throughout the building, eliminating hot and cold spots on the south and north perimeter corridors and offices.