The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, recently teamed with 3M and Sunray Window Films, which installed 3M Sun Control Window Film Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Cuts Energy Costs with 3M Window FilmPrestige Exterior 40 on the structure’s exterior glass. While the unique architecture of the 150,000-sq-ft glass-enclosed museum uses natural light to illuminate the exhibits, it risks exposing them to ultraviolet (UV) rays and increases energy use for cooling. With the installation of Prestige Exterior 40, the windows can now reportedly reject both heat and UV rays, while reducing the visible reflectivity of the existing glass.

The museum’s distinct architecture and the specific angle of the building’s custom windows reportedly made traditional window covering and energy savings solutions difficult. Blocking excessive heat and UV rays from the outside in was the perfect solution. “We’ve installed window film to many different styles of buildings before, but never a glass-enclosed building with this type of geometric design—it truly is an architectural wonder,” said John Susnik, Sunray Window Films. “Since the building is almost entirely made of glass, they will see a noticeable return on energy savings.”

3M Prestige Series window films use nanotechnology without metal to create reflectivity lower than that of glass. These films can selectively refract light from the spectrum and reject up to 97% of the sun’s heat-producing infrared light and 99.9% of UV rays to keep tenants cool. With this technology, museum exhibits shine and views remain true to life, because the only thing patrons see day or night, inside or out, is a beautiful window.

“The 3M window film was an easy decision,” said Brian Kenyon, CFO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “It protects our artifacts from UV rays, improves our visitor experience and reduces energy consumption. This window film is durable enough to give us years of performance while simultaneously enhancing the aesthetics and efficiency of the museum.”

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