COLOSSAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTER AT MEXICO…
S-LECTM Solar Control Film Exceeds Requirements for Iconic Mexico City Structure
The exterior facade of the 22,300-seat Arena Ciudad de Mexico specified laminated glass to achieve the modern, innovative vision of the architects. While laminated glass provided aesthetic and structural benefits such as transparency, transmission of natural light, reduced energy consumption, and enhanced safety features, the material specifications presented several challenges.
The orientation and open layout of the arena meant that it would absorb excessive solar heat from sunlight. At manageable levels, solar heat helps to reduce energy consumption; at high levels, it places an extraordinary demand on the cooling system—resulting in a net effect of increased energy consumption.
Sekisui S-LEC Mexico‘s solar technology division worked with the glass supplier and building architects to arrive at a solution that not only met, but exceeded the challenges presented by the extensive use of laminated glass. S-LECTM Solar Control film was selected for its superior ability to screen out solar heat (IR) energy—achieving 40% more protection than standard PVB—while at the same time enabling enough visible light to be transmitted. The film significantly reduced the burden on the arena's air conditioning system. In addition to this major advantage, specifying S-LECTM Solar Control film provided several secondary benefits:
- Provides transparency and clarity
- Allows transmission of wireless radio waves
- Filters 99% of UV rays
- Clothing, artwork, artifacts and other items displayed in the building are better protected against sun damage
- Increased protection against vandalism; glass treated with S-LEC™ Solar Control film will not break easily
Ultimately, over 20,000 square meters of S-LECTM Solar Control film enveloped the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, one of Mexico City’s premier architectural achievements