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11 June 2012
WERS For Film - a newly introduced programme within Austrialia’s Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) - provides a clear rating scheme for window film products, enabling end-users to make informed comparisons and selection based on performance. The initiative is jointly managed by the Australian Window Association (AWA) and the Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand (WFAANZ).
Manufacturers participating in the programme have their products applied to glass in a window by an independent and accredited laboratory. This then receives a ‘star’ rating for heating and cooling, with a higher number of stars equalling greater product efficiency.
Additionally, when one of these WERS-rated films is applied by a WERS-licensed installer, a WERS certificate is issued. This can be used when selling or when an energy assessment is being performed. As WFAANZ President Michael Miller explains, the certification has long-term relevance: “In the next two years government mandate will require all new buildings to have an energy rating under Mandatory Disclosure laws. Using a WERS rated film and having a WERS certificate will improve a homeowner’s energy rating, which will increase the value of their home and make it more appealing to prospective buyers.”
For more information about this, please click here to check WFAANZ’s website.