Project type: Banking Administation Centre, Bexeley Heath  
Film type: Exterior Solar Control Film
Many older office blocks are having to be adapted to cope with the modern requirements of modern technology. A common problem, which has to be solved, was experienced at Woolwich plc's 30-year old administration centre in Bexleyheath, Kent, where glare from the sun dazzled staff working at computers. In addition, solar heat- together with the heat generated from electronic equipment - had resulted in the air conditioning functioning inefficiently.

External application of the film- carried out in cradles- does not involve the installers entering the building and therefore causes no disruptions to the running of the office while the filmed is being fitted.

To over come this problem, a solar control film was installed on the external face of the glazing on the south side of the elevation. It reduces 83% glare and rejects approximately 80% of the solar heat through a combination of reflecting and absorbing the sun's rays. As a result, the air conditioning is now more efficient and the level of solar glare is no longer a worry.

Installing the film on the outside of the double glazing units makes certain the solar heat is sent back into the atmosphere before it reaches the glass. This ensures that the glass does not experience the high levels of heat intrusion that could over if the film was applied on the inside, and therefore virtually eliminates the possibility of the glass cracking from thermal stress.