Sustainability Performance

Saflex has a long standing commitment to safe, compliant operations with a focus on continuously improving the health, safety and environmental aspects of its business. Saflex's U.S. production facilities operate using 30 percent post-industrial recycled content and does not currently use post consumer product in its facilities. However, the finished product as supplied to the consumer may be recycled into secondary materials for various markets.

Laminated architectural glass made with Saflex protective interlayer can add to a building's overall environmental rating.

Saflex supports the architectural community in the effort to create sustainable buildings. The use of laminated glazing made with Saflex® interlayer allows designers to use more glass in designs overall through its structural support attributes and can be used to secure points towards LEED certification for architectural projects in the following categories:

LEED Category: Energy and Atmosphere
Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance
LEED Credit: 1-10 points
Saflex Contribution: Saflex offers a wide range of glazing interlayers that can contribute significantly to solar heat gain reduction in structural glazing applications. These high performance interlayers allow architects to specify more glazing in their designs to help meet the requirements for the Energy and Atmosphere category.

LEED Category: Materials and Resources
Credit 4: Recycled Content
LEED Credit : 1-2 points
Saflex Contribution: Saflex manufacturing processes utilize 30 percent post-industrial recycled content. Saflex does not use post consumer product in its facilities. However the finished product, as supplied to the consumer, may be recycled into secondary materials for various markets. This applies to all Saflex interlayer products – both residential and commercial.

LEED Category: Indoor Environmental Quality
Credit 8: Daylight & Views
LEED Credit: 1-2 points
Saflex Contribution: Daylight reduces heat gain created by artificial light. Saflex interlayer can contribute to Solar Heat Gain Performance which allows architects to use more glazing in the overall building design without increasing loads on the building's Heating Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) systems. Saflex interlayer can also be used to reduce glare and fading which may eliminate the need for curtains and blinds that could reduce the overall area of the intended daylight opening.

LEED Category: Indoor Environmental Quality / Schools
Credit: 9: Enhanced Acoustical Performance
LEED Credit: 1-2 points
Saflex Contribution: Sound transmission into building spaces is generally through the path of least resistance—the windows. Window systems made with laminated glass using Saflex® acoustical interlayer can result in a reduction of up to 10 decibels in the critical frequency range, depending on the window system and glazing configuration. In addition to proven acoustic performance, Saflex acoustical interlayer offers additional benefits such forced-entry resistance, protection from shards due to glass breakage plus the ability to filter out 99% of UV rays up to 380 nm.

To learn more about sustainability practices and LEED certification credits when using Saflex interlayers click here to download our sustainability brochure.

For more information on Saflex or Vanceva interlayer, contact us.

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