Friday, December 31, 2010
“We expect the market to continue to grow simply because energy efficiency will have the greatest impact at the least economic burden level to homeowners, says Shelley Carr, publisher of SBI Energy reports.
"The US home retrofit market will reach $35 billion by 2013, a 69 percent increase from 2008, according to SBI Energy, a market research company specializing in home energy. Specifically, the market for energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning retrofits is expected to grow from $3.1 billion in 2008 to $5.1 billion by 2013."
If 50 million of the 120 million buildings in the US were retrofitted over the next ten years, says Mr. Cooper, “that would have a tremendous impact on the structure and demand for electricity and natural gas.”
It's a 'win win.'
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Early signs point to 2011 being an "active" Hurricane year. Don't count on us getting "lucky" again in 2011 like we did in 2010. In fact, 2010 clocked in as one of the hottest years on record - which means more solar heat next year and the potential of larger hurricanes from the excess heat building up in the Atlantic.
We have been busy doing last minute residential installations as well as some large commercial ones. Our "green" technology pays for itself in reduced energy consumption (up to 30%), meaning it can pay for itself in as little as 5 years.
The December winds are howling outside - a good reminder that every year we face the same threat of hurricane force winds for at least 6 months out of every year, year after year.
In fact, Prince Charles and Camilla could have used our film on their car - when the glass was broken by protesters they encountered recently in London. Our film kept a burglar from breaking into a single lady's house in Houston a mere 5 days after it was installed.
Are you prepared?
Sunday, November 14, 2010
We quote from the first report:
Our security film with frame attachment would have deflected the blast wave, saving lives. It would also protect them for future hurricanes.
More on this as details come out..
Saturday, October 30, 2010
And did you see the historic storm that hit the Midwest and Northeast last week? It was a record breaker - and its 24 tornadoes and hurricane-force winds blew out windows --which leads to structural blow outs once wind gets inside a building. Buildings are built to resist OUTSIDE wind pressure - but once a window blows and they get in, they out for a way out. The easy way is to go UP and pull your roof off.
We had a customer who is an engineer. He told me that he calculated that one hole in a window generated 50,000 lbs. of UPLIFT on the roof! That sounded like a serious amount of uplift to me!
The 30% tax credit for installing our security film (up to $1,500 of the cost of materials) expires December 31, 2010 - and don't count on a new Congress extending it.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
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They failed. The interesting thing is that the "cure" time is normally 30 days - yet it still foiled the burglars.
The following is a subscription of her letter.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Tropical storms can be as destructive as hurricanes - we had Tropical Storm Allison that flooded the entire city of Houston. It destroyed a lot of back up equipment that had been placed under ground level.
Even the storms lately are more powerful -- producing hurricane-force winds, like the one that recently hit New York. Winds were clocked up to 120 mph!
All it takes is a windborne debris hit on a window in high winds to breach the glass, causing interior damage (at the most inconvenient time) and risking roof loss and structural failure from the internal wind pressures. Then you get the mold and the costs are high. The inconvenience can last months.
But with our film, you just replace the glass, and the film, and you're back in business without interior damage or mold to deal with.
I feel protected because I've got Armor Glass security/hurricane film on my glass to avoid that prospect. But most people don't. And they remain vulnerable even when the hurricane season ends.
Friday, September 17, 2010
That doesn't include KARL which is about to hit Mexico a second time. In the meantime, New York was hit last night by a violent storm that sheared trees in half and created hurricane force winds.
And our hurricane film was protecting a Chase Bank that was built in 2009 - we installed it on their large glass windows (some over 10' x 13') last October as it was being finished. We were told it was the first time security film had been used on Long Island.
If a tree branch hit any glass, our film would keep it from blowing a hole through it and destroying the interior. It is bonded to the frames with Dow 995, anchoring the film to the frames for maximum support.
Had a burglar tried to break in during the storm, it would also kept their crowbars from penetrating. All he would get is tired from pounding on the glass.
That is why Armor Glass exists - to "Armor Your Glass" with our hurricane/safety film, the same film installed on federal buildings in DC (including the Pentagon) after 9/11 because of its explosion protection.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Perhaps a closer threat could be a tropical depression forming in the eastern Caribbean. We are seeing more of these "pop up" storms forming closer to the Gulf, or in the Gulf, giving less time to prepare and a greater chance of a hit in our area.
HERMINE, even though it wasn't a CAT 1, was still powerful enough to generate powerful lateral winds and rain squalls over 300 miles from its center. It also generates over 15 inches of rain in Central Texas.
Stay tuned. We aren't out of the woods for at least another month.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
HERMINE wasn't even a hurricane, yet it is unleashing powerful winds along with the 15" rains drowning Central Texas now. Every time I hear that pelting sound against the panes, I realize how much relief I feel, knowing that I put hurricane film on them as soon as I moved in. I can't imagine how awful it would be to have a breach from a debris strike in the middle of one of these storms.
HERMINE was a "pop up" storm - it went from depression to Tropical Storm in only a few HOURS. There was not the usual advance notice of an approaching storm. That meant a lot of people had to, once again, do the last time "boarding up" with plywood - at the last minute. A lot of people didn't have time to board up.
But our customer's didn't have to board up and they were still protected - with our 8 Mil solar hurricane film, which acts as "invisible shutters" while also cutting down on the fierce Texas solar heat.
We have more storms behind Hermine, rolling off the African coast like a hurricane assembly line. It won't end until November 30 and then starts up again June 1 - six months of every year. It's an annual threat that isn't going to stop. In fact, as the planet warms up the storms get stronger from the extra heat.
Scientists estimate that a 1 degree increase in the Atlantic water temperature could fuel more CAT 4 and 5 hurricanes instead of the 1 and 2's we have been getting. If that happens, our building codes aren't adequate to protect them from damage from these killers. Global warming also means more tornadoes which also hurl debris through windows, causing glass injuries and structural failure for the same reason discovered during Project Safe Windows in Florida.
Project Safe Windows was a study of the 2004 Hurricanes (four in one year!). It found that wind-borne debris breaching a window is what leads to roof loss and structural failure (not to mention internal damages). It certified a death by flying glass and discovered that houses which had security window film survived when houses next door without it were completely destroyed.
That is what Armor Glass hurricane film prevents. It is large missile certified. It is the same film chosen to protect DC federal buildings after 9/11. It also makes your house more burglar resistant.
Hermine is yet another warning that you should not wait to protect your most valuable asset - your home. It does the same for your office. We just put it on some homes in South Texas that took the brunt of Hermine the past couple days.
The rain is still beating against my windows, but it doesn't bother me. And when the blistering sun comes out, my Armor Glass shield will also cut it down to size, along with my electric bill.
Several more storms are rolling off the coast of Africa, including a huge one that could move far enough South to come into the Gulf of Mexico - these usually impact the entire U.S., just like IKE knocked out power all the way to Ohio.
Are you prepared?
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
None of our customers -- from Harlingen to Houston -- had to rush around trying to find and nail up plywood.
HERMINE was a "pop up" storm, going from a depression to a tropical storm in just a few hours! Our customers didn't have to do a thing to prepare. Imagine the stress that everyone else felt! Either slap up plywood or go through the storm unprepared, risking internal damage if a window blows out!
We are on the right side, the WET side, the one that packs the biggest punch. The waves in Galveston are ROILING.
This should be another reminder why you need to install our hurricane film now. It also cuts the solar heat that has been blistering us all summer - we just had the hottest August ON RECORD!
Monday, September 6, 2010
And it appears that Gaston in the Atlantic is moving west and may turn into a hurricane. Mid_September is usually when we get most storms forming, but the season doesn't end until November 30 so we still have 3 months to go.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Danielle and Earl will probably move north because of a high pressure, but that is expected to change. When it does the Gulf of Mexico could see a major hurricane coming down the chute our way.
If they are anywhere like Danielle, we could be in major trouble.
This weekend is the five year anniversary of Katrina, a monster storm, which was followed by another monster --Rita-- which had 160 mph winds before it slowed and turned away from Houston and struck Beaumont.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Why? Because of my background giving terrorism analysis before and after 9/11, including on Houston TV for the Houston Fox station and News 24 (which no longer exists). In the 1990's, I made a TV program on the potential of a terrorist attack on the U.S. My guest was a weapons expert from the Reagan administration. No one paid attention even though it ran on cable repeatedly.
Fortunately, they let me add to it. I can't talk about it, but the presentation is a far better product now then it was. I have been in the Middle East on international kidnapping cases and know what it's like.
It was this background that led to my founding Armor Glass - to actually provide security from threats instead of just talking about threats. After doing deals in over 50 countries, I've got a good idea what threats are real and what aren't.
I just got call from a guy representing a lady who lives next door to a house in a nice upscale neighborhood that was hit by burglars looking for cash (the man runs a storefront). They just knocked in the door glass with a hammer and it was easy entry.
Security from hurricanes, solar heat and burglars are the big three these days. Yet the same film would also protect from a bomb blast since it is explosion-rated.
The recent 98 degree solar radiation is another threat - to your wallet and energy costs. When I moved into a condo with bare glass facing south, I had to use it to cut 70% of the heat coming through single pane windows facing the lake. Otherwise the room baked. And there is no way anyone was going to put plywood on 3rd floor windows!
Stay tuned - the peak of hurricane season is not until mid-September. We are not out of the woods yet. According to experts on global climate, even a one half degree increase in the Atlantic ocean temperature would add enough additional fuel to future hurricanes that we could see more powerful storms as a result. Window breach by wind-borne debris is what leads to roof loss and structural failure -- not to mention internal water damages, mold, loss of antiques, computers, etc.
Are you prepared?
Monday, August 2, 2010
The company is looking for a lighter material to provide protection in the event of an overload. They tried one product but it is too expensive and too heavy. As they worked one of them apparently said: "You know that Armor Glass security film we keep hearing about? Why don't we try that?"
I can't go into details and it may not prove to be a solution, but it could work out that a future mission will have Armor Glass film protecting some of the components, before and after they reach orbit. That would make us truly out of this world (couldn't resist a bad pun).
It is always fascinating what comes up in this business. If it isn't someone in the Turk Islands looking for an installation team, it's something like this.
In the meantime, we are heavily booked, mostly by normal mortals getting their houses protected.
It appears that "Colin" will not be a threat to the Gulf of Mexico but we haven't reached our peak for hurricanes. That will be mid-September. That's when IKE and Katrina hit.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Both are low enough in latitude that one of them could pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico. If a storm forms, it will be named "Colin."
In the meantime our crews are working flat out to install our hurricane/solar heat reducing security film. We are booked into late August and are working to add another experienced crew to meet demand.
Armor Glass will soon be sponsoring "The Global American" radio show starting August 7. The first program will cover human trafficking. Future programs will explore current issues that impact Americans and our neighbors. It will air at 9 a.m. on Business 1110 AM, August 7 and will be streamed on their website with a copy available at www.GlobalAmerican.org
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
July 27, 2010
Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Via Fax 202 224-0776
Dear Senator Hutchison:
I am writing to request your support to include a window film tax credit in energy tax legislation that Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) is crafting in Congress. As comprehensive energy legislation is further developed and ultimately considered in Congress, I strongly support the inclusion of language which would amend Section 25C(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code to expand the use of rational retrofit solutions (specifically, highly efficient window film) to improve the energy performance of many existing windows and doors.
Our film was installed on Washington DC federal buildings after 9/11 to provide blast protection, but they also serve a dual role of cutting cuts energy use and protecting homes and businesses from window breach by hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. Our films would have avoided millions of dollars in damages to coastal buildings caused by Hurricane IKE. In fact, our film saved homes on Galveston Bay that had installed it before the storm.
On top of that, our films are carbon negative – they save more energy than it takes to produce them. While past legislation has limited the tax credit to the more efficient double-paned windows, it is needed on single-pane windows as well to “armor” them from solar heat and storms. It does the same for double-paned windows.
Even NASA astronauts have used our film in their homes instead of relying on outdated plywood.
As you know, the American economy has been in turmoil for quite some time now. With the unemployment rate hovering around 9.5 percent and a faltering economic recovery looming over our heads today, many individuals and small business owners in my community continue to struggle to make ends meet. Cutting their energy use helps America cut back on importing foreign oil. In addition, installing energy efficiency products like our film also creates new jobs.
I believe it’s now more important than ever for the federal government to create economic opportunities and incentives for our nation, ultimately stimulating the economy and fostering greater confidence amongst consumers and small businesses.
In fact, taking such action at the federal level to enact a new window film tax credit is a rational step forward that should be part of any discussion related to improving our economy. As a small business owner in Houston, Texas, a tax incentive for the window film industry would help
to create and sustain thousands of manufacturing and retrofitting jobs in both the commercial and residential building sector.
Meanwhile, American consumers – from Florida to Hawaii – would see direct benefit from such action, as they would be well-positioned and encouraged to install window film on existing glass - an affordable, effective energy saving solution that provides much needed hurricane protection that works 24/7 and costs a fraction of expensive shutters and impact glass.
Taking into account the important role window film serves in terms of benefiting the American workplace and securing a clean energy future, I remain hopeful you will act expeditiously to pass a window film tax credit this year. I cannot overstate how critical it is for our elected leaders to embrace policies that put our country back on a path to stability.
Thank you for your attention to this very important request and I look forward to hearing back from you on this matter.
Michael Fjetland, President
Armor Glass International, Inc.
Friday, July 23, 2010
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"Wow, it is so much COOLER in here!" That was the comment I kept hearing the past few days as our crew methodically covered their existing glass with our film. Not only does it cool the houses, it also eliminates the need to plywood the windows during future storms.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
A new disturbance is being watched in the Atlantic. We quote from the report:
Friday, June 11, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
IRI's hurricane forecast probabilities are the strongest the institution has ever issued at this point
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Monday, May 17, 2010
3:30 p.m. McAllen, TX.
It’s HOT again. I went to the McAllen Convention center this morning at 9. They were just opening the doors. Very little rain has been falling from what people have told me. It was 94 degrees today - and will be in the mid-90's all week!
McAllen is a Beautiful city and has a beautiful convention center. I set up the booth and then did something I've never done. I started putting Armor Glass 8 mm security film on my own van -- right then and there. I wanted to "Armor its Glass" -- because of the proximity of Reynosa!
Normally this 8 mm life saving stuff goes on houses and buildings so you can throw away the plywood, not cars!! But they use a very thin film on cars --(2 mm or even a 1.5 mm). I wanted a THICK 8 mm film on mine! Basically I was putting on the same film on my van that was used on the DC federal buildings after 9/11.
I got a little too engrossed in the installation. I heard something and realized that they were about to box me in with fire trucks and tents and exhibit vehicles! I got out fast and pulled under a small tree in the parking lot --and finished putting CLEAR 8 mm security film on the inside van windows--to stop more ‘smash and grabs’ like what happened to my GPS after I first got the Montana (if I'd known then how fickle TomTom was, I would not have missed it so much).
Coming to the increasingly wild west border made me quit stalling and get into action mode on my own vehicle--armoring its weakest link, its glass.
Normally you can't put something as thick as 8 mm on a car - car tint is usually 2 mm or LESS. But I wanted SECURITY film not just flimsy solar film on my personal vehicle. When car glass gets struck with a hammer, etc., it wants to break into a thousand small pieces that normally fall in -- and pile up on your car seat --while the thief is grabbing and going.
But with the 8 mm film on the (inside) car windows, the film --and its adhesive-- will bond the small pieces together, forming a barrier to penetration - versus none (which is what everyone has.) It will definitely be a game changer from the usual "hit the glass, grab and run."
The guy who put in my replacement car window said that he was busy replacing car windows because people leave computers or valuables in view in the car (like my GPS) -- and in 10 seconds even a poor thief with anything hard can smash the glass, reach in, grab the item -- and be gone. All in 10 seconds - UNLESS there is a barrier. Armor Glass security film provides that barrier.
The same film is actually bomb blast rated film. Although I don't expect to need it, it is still nice to know it comes with it! Whoa! I just saw a local TV news item about someone leaving a "homemade bomb" in the middle of a street in McAllen. No kidding! Well, maybe we'll need that bomb blast protection after all....! Holy smokes.
It went on fairly well today, considering that I had to do a first-ever car install without my crew (who do buildings, not cars.) I finished by noon. When I looked down the front of my Armor Glass shirt was soaking wet.
So I broke for lunch, then went by HEB to pick up some wine and a frozen dinner for the room microwave!
We are facing an 'above-normal' hurricane season. Get your house prepared before it comes. Doing that will give you a bonus 24/7 'smash and grab' protection for your house (with or without the wine). I can't tell you how many people are reporting bricks thrown through their glass by burglars.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
During riots today in Greece, protesters threw a firebomb threw a plate glass window of a bank, and burned to death three people including a pregnant woman.