Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2019

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Ivan Smalyukh

Second Advisor

Dr. Dale Miller

Third Advisor

Dr. Daniel Kaffine


Energy loss from inadequate fenestration (windows and doors) represents a substantial target for increasing heating and cooling efficiency in buildings. AIR FILMs is a highly insulating and applied film window retrofitting product that is currently being developed by the Soft Matter Physics Smalyukh Research Group at the University of Colorado at Boulder to address this issue. This thesis attempts to evaluate what the energy savings and energy cost savings are from retrofitting single paned glass windows with the AIR FILMs product. This is done via simulating building energy consumption in different climate zones and calculating cost savings based on regional energy prices. Assessing these in further detail are essential for better determining what market conditions and entry points might best support successful deployment and adoption of the AIR FILMs product.