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Ford Motor Company Improves Employee Comfort While Cutting Energy Costs with 3M Window Film

24/11/2011

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Ford Motor Company found it challenging to maintain comfortable temperatures for employees year-round in its 40-year-old headquarters in Detroit, a 12-story building faced almost entirely with glass. Glare from the sun also made it difficult for employees in the building to see computer screens.

After 40 years of trying various fixes to control temperatures in the building, Ford’s problem was solved when an authorised dealer for 3M Window Films, applied 3M Silver Window Film to every one of the building’s 3,083 windows.

The 3M authorised dealer covered more than 83,000 square feet of glass. And, due to the expertise and efficiency of the applicator's experienced crew, the project was completed six weeks ahead of schedule.

RESULTS

While the most important outcome has been improved comfort for its employees, Ford says the company is now enjoying the benefits of an energy consumption reduction, which could save them an estimated $57,000 a year in energy costs.

Prior to the installation, Ford could cool the building no lower than 27 degrees on hot summer days. Now, even on 32-degree days, the building’s temperature has stayed at a comfortable 22 degrees.

The company is also enjoying the benefits of the building’s improved appearance and the reduction of glare on computer screens. In the building’s Trading Room, for instance, Ford employees had not been able to open their drapes for more than seven years, because the sunlight made it difficult to see their computer screens. Now those same employees enjoy being able to look outside during working hours.

THE 3M DIFFERENCE

Ford had three proposals, but only one from an authorised 3M Window Film dealer. "They had seen our work before, and they liked the idea of using a 3M product because 3M has a great reputation," says Roeder. "That had a lot to do with selling the project, because Ford knew that 3M would stand behind their service and their product."

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