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Video: Huper Optik Heritage ll – The Advancement

 

Huper Optik Heritage ll

Heritage ll provides a quick look across a timeline of technical advancement. Starting with earlier times, moving throught the industrial revolution and into later innovations. The video gives a brief but deeper insight into the uses of ceramics, along with the formulation and benefits of Titanium Nitride, a key ingredient in the industry leading Nano-Ceramic technology.

 

Huper Optik Hosts Autobahn’s Advanced Window Film Shaping Course

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Presented with an opportunity to host an autobahn Advanced Window Film Shaping course, Hüper Optik USA Director of Business Development, Harry Rahman, and VP of National Sales, John Yard, were curious to see this company, program and window film training in action.

Autobahn today offers the world’s best window film program with the vision to become the world’s premier auto spa. They’ve only been on the scene for a year, but seem to be making a big splash in the market with 16 stores to date. The focus on consumer satisfaction, quality of their Performa Window film product (or window tint as most people know it), and the choice to use the patented Huper Optik Nano-Ceramic films, is why dealers are excited about this program. Gary Clark, the autobahn Program Manager, formerly involved with launching other automotive film brands, had this to say about the company’s current success. “Along with the world’s highest performing non-reflective films, current automotive dealers are upgrading to the autobahn premium program because of the intangibles the program offers.” The no-hassle warranty, advanced window film shaping course, annual continued education and an amazing marketing display (with custom heat demo) shows auto dealers the effort, commitment and support autobahn provides the dealers.

Standing on the sideline watching the training, Harry and John could see what autobahn is bringing to the market. These are not just products they are trying to sell to consumers, they are teaching and encouraging dealers to take the utmost pride, paying strict attention to detail and creating an all-round experience for the customer from the minute they walk into an autobahn shop. A commitment to the end consumer, its people, programs, policies and warranty are autobahn’s competitive edge.

Case Study: Royal Caribbean Maximizes Fuel Efficiency Installing Hüper Optik Tint

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Since the Wright brothers’ first flight and the creation of the Ford motor car, all vehicles have been using fuels that are damaging to the environment. We continue to search for viable clean fuels that will allow us to travel to the neighborhood store or around the world. Unfortunately, for the moment, we must continue to use these harmful fuels and pay the steadily rising price for it per barrel and via our ozone.

The Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Facility Management Team was searching for a solution to save energy, and impact energy efficiency with an environmentally friendly product. Faced with the challenges of preserving views, along with attempting to achieve their objectives, one of Royal Caribbeans’ options was to replace the glass on all vessels. Fortunately, instead of replacing 500,000 sq. ft. of glass, Hüper Optik Ceramic 40 and Ceramic 50 window tints (or window film, as industry insiders call it) were installed for one tenth the cost of replacing the glass.

The Hüper Optik Window Film allowed Royal Caribbean to achieve their set goals impacting energy efficiency by saving energy, and reducing fuel consumption. This saved on costs while doing it in an environmentally friendly manner. Twenty-three vessels had film installed, which also helped to reduce the fading of carpets and upholstery, lowered surface temperatures by over 9 degrees Fahrenheit, and kept cabins cooler and more comfortable.

 

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The Carbon Cleatprint The World Will Leave In Brazil

Like the rest of the soccer fans around the world, I’ve been watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil since day one. Introduced to soccer the untraditional way…through video games (EA Sports FIFA ‘98), I fell in love with futbol as I controlled players like Thierry Henry, Patrick Kluivert, and the current team USA head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann.

Now older, more observant and environmentally conscience, I’ve wondered, what effects are being created by such an event on Brazil. Is the tournament effecting the native Brazilians’ way of life? How much energy is being consumed during the tournament? 12 Stadiums are being used for the tournament, so factor in the energy used for stadiums, venues around the stadiums and country, the networks and broadcasting the tournament, along with transporting fans and teams in, out and around the country. Then add ground transportation for everyone there as well. These are just the major energy consumers; the list is much longer than you think.

FIFA did a study, and based off the energy used at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, just TV operations will inject 24,670 tons of CO2 to the Brazilian atmosphere. This is equivalent to burning 13,250 tons of coal or 2.8 million gallons of gas. FIFA’s estimation of the complete carbon footprint that would be left behind in Brazil came in at 2.72 million tons of CO2 (306 million gallons of gas). The energy consumers FIFA accounted for was a similar list to the above list I created. This included stadiums, training grounds, concessions, festivals, travel, hotels, etc.

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These numbers may discourage you from wanting to ever attend an event of this magnitude. It clearly reveals that we contribute to the strain on the environment in one specific area for 30 days every four years. Yet, it’s studies like this that help us to decrease the events’ total energy consumption, and move towards cleaner fuels, more efficient energy consumption and the innovation that it takes to create and incorporate better ways of life into these larger than life events.

 

 

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2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil: The 12 Stadiums Hosting The World

In keeping with the spirit of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil, here’s a look at the 12 stadiums that were built and/or remodeled for the most watched sporting event in the world. The architecture of some of these buildings is amazing! Arena Corinthians and Arena Amazonia are breathtaking! Also, with the first weekend of matches in the books, see the updated scores for the upsets and victories that occurred in just the first four days of the tournament.

 

CITY: Rio de Janeiro
STADIUM: Maracana (capacity 73,531)
HOME TO: Fluminense FC and CR Flamengo

 The Maracana - Back in the day   Maracana stadium - 2014 fifa world cup brazil
People living outside of Brazil know Rio de Janeiro for its amazing beaches, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue. However,  those who know football know that the newly rebuilt Maracana stadium is the historic site where Uruguay beat Brazil, on their home field, in the 1930 World Cup final.

MATCHES:
June 15, 2014     23:00     Argentina 2 v Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 – Group F
June 18, 2014     23:00     Spain 0 v Chile 2 – Group B
June 22, 2014     23:00     Belgium 1 v Russia 0 – Group H
June 25, 2014     21:00     Ecuador 0 v France 0 – Group E
June 28, 2014     21:00     Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D
July 4, 2014         21:00     Quarter-finals
July 13, 2014       20:00 Final

 

CITY: Sao Paulo
STADIUM:
Arena Corinthians (capacity 65,000)
HOME TO:
Corinthians
Corinthians stadium - artist rendering - world cup brazil   Corinthians stadium - 2014 fifa world cup brazil
The birthplace of football (Sao Paulo) was given the honor of hosting the first match of the 2014 World Cup that featured host Brazil v. Croatia. The match was a great opener to start of  what has been a brilliant tournament thus far. Though many say the win was a controversial one for the Brazilians, you cannot fault the ref, he made the right call. The angle in which he was when Naymar Jr. was slightly pulled down to the ref clearly looked like a foul and he was deserving of the penalty kick.

MATCHES:
June 12, 2014     21:00     Brazil 3 v Croatia 1 – Group A
June 19, 2014     20:00     Uruguay 2 v England 1 - Group D
June 23, 2014     17:00     Netherlands 2 v Chile 0 - Group B
June 26, 2014     21:00     Korea Republic 0 v Belgium 1 – Group H
July 1, 2014         17:00     Winner Group F v Runner-up Group E
July 9, 2014         21:00     Semi-Final

 

CITY: Brasilia
STADIUM:
Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha (capacity: 68,009)
HOME TO:
Brasília Futebol Clube
Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha - 2014 fifa world cup brazil   Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha - 2014 world cup
This stadium takes its name from Brazilian football icon Garrincha. The country’s capitol city is Brasilia, and this newly built stadium is home to the Brasília Futebol Clube.

MATCHES:
une 15, 2014     17:00     Switzerland 2 v Ecuador 1 – Group E
June 19, 2014     17:00     Colombia 2 v Ivory Coast 1 - Group C
June 23, 2014     21:00     Cameroon 1 v Brazil 4 - Group A
June 26, 2014     17:00     Portugal 2 v Ghana 1 - Group G
June 30, 2014     17:00     Winner Group E v Runner-up Group F
July 5, 2014         17:00     Quarter-finals
July 12, 2014       21:00     Third place match

 

CITY: Fortaleza
STADIUM:
Estadio Castelao (capacity: 58,704)
HOME TO:
Ceara SC and Ferroviario AC
Estadio Castelao - 2014 world cup
The Fortaleza stadium has been given a face-lift for the World Cup. Brazil with take on Mexico in their second group game. Being a coastal city you can find some of the best seafood in Fortaleza.

MATCHES:
June 14, 2014     20:00     Uruguay 1 v Costa Rica 3 – Group D
June 17, 2014     20:00     Brazil 0 v Mexico 0 - Group A
June 23, 2014     20:00     Germany 2 v Ghana 2 - Group G
June 24, 2014     21:00     Greece 2 v Ivory Coast 1 - Group C
June 29, 2014     17:00     Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A
July 4, 2014         21:00     Quarter-final

 

CITY: Belo Horizonte
STADIUM:
Estadio Mineirao (capacity: 57,483)
HOME TO:
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
Estadio Mineirao - 2014 fifa world cup brazil
Since winning the hosting duties of the world’s biggest sporting event, Brazil has given some of its current stadiums a makeover. The Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte was one of those stadiums chosen to get an upgrade. Expect to be wowed as you enter this awesome structure. From a fan’s perspective Belo Horizonte is more affordable than Rio but it is about an hour flight from city to city. Travelers, make sure you have a plan, winging it is not advised.

MATCHES:
June 14, 2014     17:00     Colombia 3 v Greece 0 – Group C
June 17, 2014     17:00     Belgium 2 v Algeria 1 - Group H
June 21, 2014     17:00     Argentina 1 v Iran 0 - Group F
June 24, 2014     17:00     Costa Rica 0 v England 0 - Group D
June 28, 2014     17:00     Winner Group A v  Runner-up Group B
July 8, 2014         21:00    Semi-final

 

CITY: Porto Alegre
STADIUM:
Estadio Beira-Rio (capacity: 48,849)
HOME TO:
Sport Club Internacional
Estadio Beira-Rio - 2014 fifa world cup brazil   Estadio Beira-Rio - brazil
You want to talk about architecture, ok, let’s talk about the Estadio Beira-Rio. This stadium is so visually appealing, it’s incredible! The contrast of the green pitch and the white used on the structure is stunning. If you plan on watching the France v. Honduras game live (as its looks to be a good one) be sure to come armed with an umbrella. The subtropical climate of Porto Alegre  has been know to bless the city with rain quite often.

MATCHES:
June 15, 2014     20:00     France 3 v Honduras 0 – Group E
June 18, 2014     17:00     Australia 2 v Netherlands 3 - Group B
June 22, 2014     17:00     Korea Republic 2 v Algeria 4 - Group H
June 25, 2014     17:00     Nigeria 2 v Argentina 3 - Group F
June 30, 2014     21:00     Winner Group G v Runner-up Group H

 

CITY: Recife
STADIUM
: Arena Pernambuco (capacity: 44,248)
HOME TO:
Nautico
Arena Pernambuco - 2014 world cup   Arena Pernambuco - fifa world cup
If there was any community that has a love for its city, teams, and the sport of football, its Recife. The football fans of this town can rival sport loving cities like New England, London and Dallas. This is a new stadium built for the World Cup but will be home to three legendary Brazillian FCs, Santa Cruz, Nautico and Sport.

MATCHES:
June 14, 2014     23:00     Côte D’Ivoire 2 v Japan 1 – Group C
June 20, 2014     17:00     Italy 0 v Costa Rica 1 - Group D
June 23, 2014     21:00     Croatia 1 v Mexico 3 – Group A
June 26, 2014     17:00     USA 0 v Germany 1 - Group G
June 29, 2014      21:00     Winner Group D v Runner-up Group C

 

CITY: Salvador
STADIUM:
Arena Fonte Nova (capacity: 52,048)
HOME TO:
EC Bahia and EC Vitoria
Arena Fonte Nova - 2014 fifa world cup brazil   Arena Fonte Nova - brazil
The Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador is not just a stadium…it’s an entertainment complex. This stadium has  a restaurant that boasts panoramic views, shops, hotels, a museum of football and a concert hall. It’s its own mini city. Incredible! This building will be lit up and buzzing long after the World Cup is over. Salvador is a northeastern city so it will be humid. For fans attending the games, be sure to keep hydrated.

MATCHES:
June 13, 2014     21:00     Spain 1 v Netherlands 5 – Group B
June 16, 2014     18:00     Germany 4 v Portugal 0 - Group G
June 20, 2014     21:00     Switzerland 2 v France 5 - Group E
June 25, 2014     18:00     Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 v Iran 1 - Group F
July 1, 2014         18:00     Winner Group H v Runner-up Group G
July 5, 2014         22:00     Quarter-final

 

CITY: Cuiaba
STADIUM
: Arena Pantanal (capacity: 42,968)
HOME TO:
Cuiaba EC and Mixto EC
Arena Pantanal - 2014 fifa world cup brazil   Arena Pantanal - world cup brazil
Cuiaba, the “Green City,” which is surrounded by a national park, is located south of the Amazon but close enough that they share the same climate. So sitting (or probably standing and cheering) in the Arena Pantanal will be hot and humid. However, you’re not going to want to miss the Russia v. Korea or Japan v. Colombia games, those are sure to be great games.

MATCHES:
June 13, 2014     23:00     Chile 3 v Australia 1 – Group B
June 17, 2014     23:00     Russia 1 v Korea Republic 1 - Group H
June 21, 2014     23:00     Nigeria 1 v Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 - Group F
June 24, 2014     21:00     Japan 1 v Colombia 4 - Group C

 

CITY: Manaus
STADIUM:
Arena Amazonia (capacity: 42,374)
HOME TO:
Nacional FC, Fast Club and Rio Negro
Arena Amazonia - 2014 fifa world cup brazil   Arena Amazonia - in progress
Arena Amazonia, which is probably one of the most beautiful stadiums of the 12 that will host the World Cup, stands right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The city is no Recife when it comes to the love of the game, but World Cup Brazil organizers’ goal was to spread the games throughout the entire country. Some feel this stadium will be the white elephant of the event once this is over. However, this stadium being surrounded by the rainforest makes it unique, which may draw more use especially as a neutral site future matches.

MATCHES:
June 14, 2014     02:00     England 1 v Italy 2 – Group D
June 18, 2014     20:00     Cameroon 0 v Croatia 4 - Group A
June 22, 2014     20:00     USA 2 v Portugal 2 - Group G
June 25, 2014     21:00     Honduras 0 v  Switzerland 3 - Group E

 

CITY: Natal
STADIUM:
Estadio das Dunas (capacity: 42,086)
HOME TO:
America FC
Estadio das Dunas - 2014 fifa world cup   Estadio das Dunas - 2014 fifa world cup brazil
The flower of the 12 stadiums, the Estadio das Dunas’s roof was designed to mimic petals of a flower. Amazing how design inspiration can come from anywhere. Natal, or Sun City as many call it, boast year round perfect 82ºF weather and arguably the country’s best beaches.

MATCHES:
June 13, 2014     17:00     Mexico 1 v  Cameroon 0 – Group A
June 16, 2014     23:00     Ghana 1 v USA 2 - Group G
June 19, 2014     23:00     Japan 0 v  Greece 0 - Group C
June 24, 2014     17:00     Italy 0 v  Uruguay 1 - Group D

 

CITY: Curitiba
STADIUM:
Arena da Baixada (capacity: 41,456)
HOME TO:
Atletico Paranaense
Arena da Baixada - fifa world cup brazil   Arena da Baixada - 2014 fifa world cup brazil
Built in 1914, Arena da Baixada might be the oldest stadium of the 12 chosen to host the World Cup, and has been given a face lift twice. Being refurbished instead of completely rebuilt tells you a little about the historic importance of the stadium and what it means to the southern Brazilian city. Due to  its location, Arena da Baixada may boast the best climate conditions of the games with temperatures expected to stay around 77ºF with no humidity. Fans will undoubtedly be buzzing around Curitiba.

MATCHES:
June 16, 2014     20:00     Iran 0 v Nigeria 0 - Group F
June 20, 2014     23:00     Honduras 1 v Ecuador 2 - Group E
June 23, 2014     17:00     Australia 0 v Spain 3 - Group B
June 26, 2014     21:00     Algeria 1 v Russia 1 - Group H

 

A few of these stadiums have quite a bit of glass incorporated into their structure. All could have benefited from using Huper Optik window film to keep the heat out. The Huper Select Drei’s incredibly high heat rejection would have been amazing and saved them money on their electricity.

 

 

Stadium statistics and images courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Scores have been updated as of the end of the group stage of the World Cup.

Case Study: Network Collaboration Leads To Commercial Success

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Faced with losing tenants due to complaints about excessive heat and increased glare coming through the facility’s windows, Los Angeles’ famed Beverly Center management had their back against the wall. Both tenants and consumers were feeling the extreme heat the building’s windows were allowing in, causing for unhappy consumers and tenants due to lost business.

Management at the Beverly Center needed a quick and inexpensive solution before they started losing tenants, consumers and revenue. Facility officials were introduced to Hüper Optik window films and thought this would be the perfect solution. Installing Hüper Optik’s Select Sech commercial window film on all of the buildings’ outward facing glass, would reduce the heat entering the building by about 60%. This would also keep management from having to completely replace all of the windows, which would cost three times as much money, and ten times as much time.

The high heat rejected by the Hüper Optik Select Sech Window Film allowed for a more comfortable shopping experience for consumers, and prevented tenants from moving out of the facility. The Beverly Center’s unique signature views did not change, and the facility’s monthly utility bills were significantly reduced, allowing commercial chillers to operate even more efficiently.

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With a job this large, Manny Almeida of ClearView Sun Control knew he could not do it alone, so he called on the Huper Optik Network’s most skillful west coast dealers to assist him. Here is Manny’s Hüper Optik West Coast ‘Dream Team’ that worked with him on the Beverly Center installation:

Window Innovations, Steve Clark of Brentwood, CA
Songs Tint Masters, Hann Kim of Los Angeles, CA
Solar Shield, Brian Malone of Central Point, OR
Protective Glass Coatings, Joey Jones of San Diego, CA

 

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Case Study: Energy Conservation For The Hospitality Industry

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The Hotel Valencia, a contemporary styled property is located on the famed San Antonio Riverwalk. Hotel management was pursuing ideas to make their guests more comfortable by significantly reducing solar heat from entering guest rooms, and continuing their green efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

EES Consulting, our Energy Efficiency & Sustainability partner, used a proprietary method to analyze the energy load on multiple facets of the Hotel Valencia facility. This process is called the EESy Method. With the EESy Method, EES Consulting was able to analyze the complete building’s energy inefficiencies and recommend the best solution.

EES Consulting recommended installing Huper Optik Ceramic 35, on the interior of all of the hotel’s exterior doors and windows. The Hotel Valencia has since recorded annual savings of $13,651 with a return on their Investment (ROI) of only 3.44 years. The environmental impact of these savings is equivalent to a reduction of 1,328,586 lbs. of CO2 or saving 67.63 acres of trees.

 

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Case Study: Energy Efficient Technologies For Commercial Properties

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Seventy percent of energy used in the U.S. is consumed by commercial properties. Forty percent of this energy used is to manage cooling costs resulting from infrared heat coming through windows. Bank of America’s downtown San Francisco high rise data center building which has 22,000 square feet of glass was experiencing this problem. Faced with complaints by new tenants that occupied three of the buildings floors, the Facility Management and Engineering Team was looking for a solution to cut the heat coming through the windows.

The Facility Management and Engineering Team was introduced to Hüper Optik’s single-layer Ceramic 35, and patented dual layer Ceramic 30 as the best solution to their specific building’s needs. The combination of two Hüper Optik Commercial Window Tints delivered a more comfortable environment and temperature for the tenants of the Bank of America building. The views were preserved negating the need for hard window coverings, while cutting infrared rays (a major cause of heat) by over 80 percent. Engineering has reported no further complaints from the unhappy tenants and they are very happy with the results.

 

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Advanced Technology for Home Window Tinting

Hüper Optik films use advanced technology  to help separate the good sun rays from the bad. This is the process of spectrally selective coatings. The spectrally selective technology lets in all the good visible light rays, but reflects the damaging UV rays and the Infrared rays that bring in the heat. This process was part of the advanced development from the NASA Space Shuttle development program. We take this same technology and embed these particles in a coating that we apply to your existing windows. This technology has resulted in many industry awards for advancement, energy savings and sustainability.

It is this advancement in technology that has led Huper Optik to be:

1st Patented Nano-Ceramic Window Film

3x more Infrared rejection

4x less reflective

13 ˚C Cooler

25x more durable than competing films

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