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FGIA’s Safety and Security Glazing Standards & Test Methodology

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Family Dollar Custom Storefront Graphics FilmNow more than ever, the demand for safety and security glazing for glass windows, doors, and storefronts is increasing throughout the U.S. With growing demand comes questions about which security glazing standards to use.

To answer some of these questions, Bill Lingnell of the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) hosted a webinar titled, “Security Glazing for Storefront and Fenestration.” In the webinar, Lingnell gave an overview of many safety and security glazing standards and the testing methodology behind those standards. He also discussed different types of glazing solutions used for security purposes, including burglary and forced entry resistance, bullet resistance, hurricane resistance, and blast resistance.

Safety and Security Glazing Test Methods

The current test method for safety glazing is ANSI Z97.1, which requires the use of a 100-pound soft body impactor. This test method is segmented into two classifications. Class A, which requires 400-foot pounds to be dropped from a height of 48 inches, and Class B which requires 50-foot pounds be dropped from a height of 18 inches.

For burglar resistance, UL 972 is the primary glazing standard which is measured by an impact test that uses a 5-pound steel ball dropped at a height of 10 feet onto the glass. UL 972 testing requires multiple drops, including a high energy drop from 40 feet. Additionally, the materials tested are conditioned at various temperatures to simulate an indoor and outdoor environment. For materials to pass the UL 972 standard of criteria, there must be no penetration of the glass.

For door and window system framing, there are three standards for forced entry frame attack: ASTM F476 – hinged doors, ASTM F588 – windows, and ASTM F842 – sliding doors. These stands require the use of various tools and no glazing impact.

For hurricane impact, ASTM E2395 (Standard Specification for Voluntary Security Performance of Window and Door Assemblies with Glazing Impact) is used. This standard requires a glazing test impact in accordance with ASTM E1886 and missile specifications per ASTM E1996.

Security Glazing Standard Test Methods

In addition to the standards mentioned above, there are several additional glazing standards that can be used for forced entry security. These include:

  • ASTM F1233, Standard Test Method for Security Glazing Materials and Systems – Impacts defined by various weapons, such as extinguishers, sledgehammers, chisels, and gasoline; ballistic assault and anthropomorphic assault. The pass criteria for body protection is no permissible opening of a block in dimensions of 9-inch by 8-inch by 5-inch. The pass criteria for contraband protection is no permissible opening of a 1/8-inch diameter rod. 
  • ASTM F3038, Standard Test Method for Time Evaluation of Forced Entry-Resistant Systems – This method, which is designed to simulate a spontaneous mob attack, requires a full system test with no substitutions. Based on a defined set of tools and a predetermined number of aggressors, this test uses established time levels of forced entry (5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and user-defined minutes).
  • ASTM F1915, Standard Test Methods for Glazing for Detention Facilities, – Impacts with forced egress, various types of weapons, and anthropomorphic assault.

Another interesting glass or fenestration test, ASTM F1642, requires shock tube or open arena testing. ASTM F1642 is designed to evaluate hazards of glazing against airblast loads, and such tests can be performed with or without a frame system. The rating and hazard level is contained in ASTM F2912.

In summary, blast glazing standard test methods include: 

  • ASTM F1642, Standard Test Method for Glazing and Glazing Systems subject to Airblast Loadings
  • ASTM F2248, Standard Practice for Specifying an Equivalent 3-Second Duration Design Loading for Blast Resistant Glazing Fabricated with Laminated Glass
  • ASTM F2912-17, Standard Specification for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loadings highlights additional standard test methods for safety and security glazing, as well as a webinar panel discussion that you find here.

Window Film Depot offers Forced Entry Glazing Solutions like DefenseLite™, as well as a retrofit ballistic panel system known as BulletShield™. For more information about these safety and security glazing solutions, contact us here or call (866) 933-3456.

Window Film Depot’s CEO Jeff Franson Featured in Window Film Magazine

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In the May/June 2019 edition of Window Film Magazine, president and CEO of Window Film Depot, Jeff Franson, was featured in the piece Selling Security Film…And Following up with an Expert Install. 

In the article, Franson underscores an “elevated responsibility” for industry professionals to not only deliver on the security film needs of schools and educational institutions, but also to manage the expectations of anxious parents and administrators. He outlines three main phases necessary for a successful security film project. 

Addressing the “Big Three”

Unlike other types of window film, selling and installing security film comes with an added layer of complexity. Prospective customers often need to be informed of the solutions in best alignment with the type of defense they’re seeking to optimally safeguard a building’s occupants. This conversation reflects the first phase of Franson’s big three: Presentation, site assessment, and installation services.

The following is an excerpt taken from Jeff Franson’s article published in Window Film Magazine.

When presenting security window films, it’s critical that dealers clearly state what security films will and will not do. Within the industry, we all know window films (and advanced glazing) are not “bulletproof.” Nothing is. Unfortunately, prospects have other ideas based on video of dubious origin across the Internet. The best way to avoid this pitfall is to make sure to ask the customer what their threat level is – what they are trying to defend against? You also need to know what their budget is.

If they’re looking to ‘stop’ bullets, it’s time for you to refer to a ballistic glazing expert or invest in becoming one yourself. If the customer’s goal is ‘delay,’ then security window films are an effective and affordable part of any layered defense plan for buildings. If delay is the goal, then you’re the right person for the job. Still, don’t forget The Golden Rule for selling security window film performance – under promise – because creating a false sense of security could be deadly.

Once security window film has been identified as the proper solution intended to “delay” an attacker from entering a space, it’s time to confirm that the existing glass and glazing systems are suitable for anchored film protection. If you care about your customer, you should advise them against installing security film for active shooter mitigation without the proper anchor to the frame. Without suitable frames, it’s your responsibility to refer the customer to a solution better suited for existing conditions. If you’re using a caulk anchor, make sure to perform an adhesion compatibility test to ensure the caulk with bond properly to the applied film and existing glazing frames. 

Once your assessment has confirmed the suitability of the anchored film solution, it’s time to go to work. Job number one on any security film project is to make sure your project manager confirms application and aesthetic standards with the customer representative responsible for sign-off. Too many projects go sideways when a customer’s expectations are not met – and that’s your fault – not theirs’. Utilize the third-party IWFA-provided worksheet for installation quality and curing standards. Provide a ‘mock-up’ of a completed window with anchor so everyone is on the same page concerning what the ‘finished product’ looks like. Once agreement is made, make sure the entire installation meets or exceeds the approved mock-up. 

An Expert Install

To follow a high level overview of the process to install anchored security window film to meet written standards and (hopefully) some helpful hints to ensure a smooth project for you, your customers, and installers. visit the article to see this installation process or contact Window Film Depot for more information.

Energy Savings with Sun Control Window Film

Energy Savings with Sun Control Window Film

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Energy Savings with Sun Control Window Film

Are you looking to save money on your energy bills and enhance comfort in your retail store while maintaining the exterior integrity of your store front? Window films can offer you an affordable solution.

The 3M Sun Control Window Film Prestige Series is designed to accomplish all of this and more.

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Prestige 70 installed on this retail storefront, allowing visibility in, UV rays out.

How Does it Work?

3M Prestige allows for the natural light to come in and offer high visible light transmission while the infrared rejection (up to 97%) provides significant savings and enhanced comfort. Up to 60% of the heat is rejected adding up to lower utility bills and higher energy savings. This also creates a more comfortable environment in temperature and significantly reduces glare on your computer screen. Additionally, UV reduction assists in the protection of your merchandise and furnishings from fading.

Which Film is Right for My Business?

When comparing similar shades of film, you want to look at the number you see associated with the name, such as the 3M Prestige series which is available in 20, 40, 50, 60 or 70. The smaller the number, the darker the film will be. Therefore, the PR70 is the clearest in the Prestige series and will allow up to 69% of visible light to be transmitted while rejecting the UV rays.

PR50 on Chipotle Doors
PR50 installed to allow the light in but the heat out!

The Prestige Series window films do not contain metal, meaning the film will not corrode over time. Additionally, this will help prevent interference with wireless and cellular signals that we all use on a daily basis.

Window film is not a one-size fits all and our knowledgeable sales professionals are ready to assist you in making the right choice for you.

*****Booking appointments now for summer 2017 installations!*****
Contact Window Film Depot today at 866-933-3456 to schedule an appointment.


Window Film Depot Recognized by 3M for Excellence

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Window Film Depot Wins 3M ‘Dealer of the Year Award’ for 3rd Time

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3M Company has named Window Film Depot, a “Dealer of the Year” (SE) for the third time at its recent Renewable Energy National Conference in San Diego. Specializing in energy window films installation for buildings and retail storefronts, Window Film Depot President Jeff Franson was presented the award along with his father, Steve Franson, Vice President of Sales, at the annual business conference.

We’re very excited to win this award from 3M. Our family owned and operated Company works very hard to deliver exceptional service and value for our customers. It’s nice to be recognized for the hard work our employees and partners put in each day. The fact that we are also part of the conservation answer for society makes the award all that more important to us.

3M’s Renewable Energy business is the fastest growing global division for the $27 billion dollar Company. Innovators of popular products like Post-it-Notes and Scotch tape, 3M’s window film conservation products provide next generation answers to today’s energy challenges.

Window Film Depot is one of 3M’s 300 professional dealers across the US and was awarded the prestigious award based on sales volume customer approval rankings and overall business performance.

To contact Window Film Depot for your project needs, please call 877-236-3456 or e-mail

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Window Film Depot Receives Top Award from 3M

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At a recent dealer meeting hosted by Energy Products Distribution in Baltimore, Window Film Depot was named 3M’s “National Dealer of the Year” for 2016. This is the third time in ten years the family owned company has received 3M’s highest award for sales and overall business performance.

Window Film Depot sells and installs innovative products from 3M’s Commercial Solutions Division across the United States. The company specializes in the sales and professional installation of solar window films designed to lower energy consumption and security window films intended to make glass safer in buildings. Over 3,500 unique properties have benefited from the company’s products and services over the past twelve months.

3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years, its innovations have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. 3M has made buildings safer and more energy efficient and made consumer electronics lighter, less energy-intensive and less harmful to the environment.

WFD 3M Certified Dealer

3M is one of the most trusted brands in the world and is highly ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of “The World’s Most Admired Companies.” Recently, 3M overcame Google as the number one place for millennials to work at when entering the global workforce, according to the National Society of High School Scholars.

Window Film Depot is headquartered in Marietta, Ga. and has regional offices throughout the United States. For more information, please contact Jeff Franson, CEO @ 404-313-1291 or

Newark Airport Delta

Save Energy with Sun Control Films

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Sun Control Films provide substantial heat rejection, creating energy savings for office buildings, retail stores, commercial and residential properties. Additional benefits include increased privacy, improved exterior appearance and reduction of harmful UV rays, the largest cause of fading to interior furnishings.

Newark Airport Delta
P-18 offers great heat rejection, providing energy savings and improved comfort.

The best film choice depends on your goal and building structure. For this project at the Newark airport in NJ, Window Film Depot installed the 3M P-18, a classic silver reflective film with excellent solar protection.

The 3M Prestige Series will let in the light but not the heat, creating superior comfort and clarity.  The clear heat control films are designed for minimal aesthetic change to windows while providing maximum solar control performance.

This current Window Film Depot project with 3M Prestige film blocks 50% of the solar energy without altering the look of the building.

Prudential, NJ

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–Email us at or call 1-866-933-3456 to speak with one of our professional staff members to choose the right solar film for you!

Quick Calc from WFD helps Estimate $avings with 3M Window Film

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Energy Savings Calculator

Our energy savings calculator offers you a simple estimate on potential savings for your building achieved through the installation of our 3M Energy Control Window Films by Window Film Depot.
In addition to this ‘cool tool’, Window Film Depot will work with your building engineer to provide detailed energy audit services utilizing convincing DOE and E-Film software. Our comprehensive process of modeling your building helps quantify savings achieved through reduced HVAC costs.
At a fraction of the cost of replacement, treating existing windows and door glass with energy saving window films offer a great opportunity for building owners to reduce energy demand and lower building operating costs.
Typical savings from 3M retro-fit energy films lead to ROI of under 3-4 years. Savings can occur for up to 20 years with higher quality films from 3M.
Beyond dollar savings, 3M Energy Management Films control building ‘hot spots’ and reduce peak electricity demand. 3M Clear Heat Control Films minimize ‘brownout’ disruptions during high energy load periods without changing the look of your existing glass.
Window Film Depot is a capable installer of energy and sustainability films for large buildings anywhere in the US. We service REIT’s, property management firms and ESCO’s – including Siemens and Johnson Controls – which are responsible for making buildings more efficient and LEED compliant.
Our turnkey wholesale service includes confirmation of specifications, building modeling, assessing installation sites, product sampling and national installation services.
Call 877-933-3456 for help with your building envelope energy conservation plan.

LEED Gold Becomes the New Federal Green Standard

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The U.S. General Services Administration recently made LEED-Gold certification the standard for all federal buildings. This means that all new federal buildings and major renovation projects need to achieve a minimum LEED-Gold certification. This is a step-up from the previous requirement for major overhauls or renovation of federal buildings which was a LEED – Silver certification.

The GSA Commissioner of Public Buildings Robert A. Peck said in a statement, that sustainable, better-performing federal buildings could go a long way to contributing to the reduction of the government’s environmental footprint.

LEED-Silver certification still remains the standard requirement for new construction lease projects of 10,000 square feet or more. For leases in existing buildings, tenant agencies could request that a LEED certification under the Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) standards be met and maintained.

LEED Certification

The LEED green building certification program is the accepted standard used in determining a building’s sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the most effective method of demonstrating that a building is sustainable in terms of energy conservation.

A LEED certified building signifies the conscious use of green materials in the building and this covers the exterior and the interior. Water conserving and energy conserving materials would have been employed in construction and remodelling of a LEED certified building. There are many advantages to having a LEED certified building (read this post).

3M Window Film Contributes to LEED Credits

Several materials are listed on the LEED website as green materials and one of the foremost is 3M Window Film. The layers of polyester film bonded by special adhesives, impregnated with ultraviolet inhibitors make it an obvious choice.

Window Film Depot

Is a company that has years in professional installation of 3M Window Film. Window Film Depot has experience working on government buildings. Using 3M window film in your construction or remodelling projects can go a long way towards earning the LEED-Gold certification which is now the standard for federal building. If you need a free estimate, contact

14% Growth in LEED Buildings in 2010

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2010 saw a really bad year in the real estate market with the global financial crisis. Property prices slumped like they hadn’t in a very long time and all around the country, investors were finding it increasingly hard to rent or sell their property.

In the green building market however, the story was slightly different. Although the green building market was not totally immune to the recession, it was not as bad as the overall real estate market. In a report released yesterday November 17, by Rob Watson of, the third annual Green Building Market & Impact Report, it was revealed that “despite precipitous declines in the rate of growth, the total amount of LEED-certified buildings grew by one billion square feet in 2010, up to eight billion, or a growth rate of 14 percent.”
The report also found that on the whole, LEED buildings were a huge force in the reduction of the environmental footprint of individual structures.

Choosing to build with materials that are green and employing green standards when building, will help to reduce the overall environmental footprints. They help in the conservation of water and energy and attract a higher rent rate. What is more, you may be eligible for tax deductions in the process.

Using 3M Window Film will add to your LEED credit and the 3M Sun Control Window Film is a qualifying product which can make you eligible for a tax deduction.