Most of know by now that tens of millions of birds die every year from window collisions, but only recently have architects and designers begun to address this devastating issue on both residential and commercial structures. Atlantic Cape Community College, Cape May County Campus, has implemented a simple-yet-innovative solution to reduce bird deaths, and it just happens to curb escalating cooling costs in the process: a bird-friendly film called CollidEscape can be installed over glass, which is generally both highly reflective, and heat conducting. Glass treated with the film appears opaque to birds’ eyes, but is transparent from the inside. It also insulates the glass so it doesn’t heat up, thus reducing the need for increased air conditioning use. It’s a brilliant solution to two major issues, and can be implemented on any existing building.
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