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The Perfect Window: Riot Glass™ and 3M Window Film

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A Window That Does It All

When it comes to building envelope security, it’s no secret that windows and doors are the weakest links. Worse yet, when it comes to building energy efficiency, windows are responsible for as much as 34% of heating and cooling demand in commercial buildings.

We’ve got good news! NGS developed an all-in-one solution that improves glazing security and building energy efficiency: Riot Glass™ combined with 3M™ window film. We call it, “the perfect window.”

Let’s break down each product and how they work together.

Riot Glass™: Unparalleled Glazing Security

Riot Glass is virtually impenetrable, making it the market leader in access denial.  Along with the ArmorPlast shield system, Riot Glass is constructed with a patented framing system to provide extra strength during the most violent attempts at perimeter breach. The framing system comes in a variety of colors and custom sizing to create the ultimate defense against items such as crowbars, knives, sledgehammers, and more.

Benefits of Riot Glass™:
  • No emergency board up
  • Protects your glass and window frames from forced entry and damage
  • Needs no upkeep (set it and forget it)
  • Combines a scratch-resistant coating and a UV coating
  • Has a 100% success rate from attempted trespassing

Riot Glass™ Improves Building Energy Efficiency

Since Riot Glass is installed with an air gap between existing glazing, you get the added energy efficiency benefits of an additional window pane and advanced security protection from forced entry, severe storm conditions, and civil unrest.

Riot Glass improves energy efficiency by improving U-value. The U-value of your window is the measurement of how your window conducts heat (lower is better). Think of it as the insulation performance of your window. When Riot Glass gets added to a window, the U-value is reduced by more than 50%. However, there is one more thing we need to consider to create a window with maximum security and energy efficiency.

The Perfect Window: Riot Glass and 3M Window Film

The Perfect Window: Riot Glass™ and 3M Window Film: The Best of Both Worlds

3M™ Affinity 15 window film is the final piece to building the perfect window.  While Riot Glass covers the advanced security and U-value of the window, you still need to factor in the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). The SHGC is the amount of solar radiation (which is different than conduction above) that passes through a window. The use of 3M window film can lower your SHGC significantly. When used in conjunction with Riot Glass, while your U-value is reduced by half, the SHGC is reduced by over 80% compared to clear single pane glass!

The Perfect Window Solution

To get the most out of your security glass upgrade, pairing Riot Glass with 3M window film will give you maximum glazing security and energy-saving features. Want to learn more? Watch our on-demand webinars about building envelope security or energy efficiency.


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