Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Tinting the cafe windows at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum improves comfort and saves energy.
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is located at the Hamilton (Ontario) Airport. Since 1972, it has been home to a collection of historic Canadian aircraft dating back to the beginning of World War II. The facility includes a display of the aircraft, a museum of artifacts, and interactive learning areas.
At the museum there is a cafe where people can eat, drink, and relax while enjoying the view of the outside planes through the expansive windows. The challenge with the windows in the cafe, is that the heat from the sun during the warm months. The sun coming through the unprotected windows made the cafe uncomfortablly hot at times, and energy costs were high to try and keep it cool.