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Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM

In 2008, PPG became the first glass manufacturer in the U.S. to have its entire collection of architectural glass Cradle to Cradle Certified at the Silver level. Today, even as the standards become increasingly rigorous, PPG remains the first U.S. float glass manufacturer to have its products recognized by the Cradle to Cradle Certified Program, and offers more C2C-certified architectural glasses than any other float glass manufacturer.

Developed by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) and administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard evaluates products and their manufacturers based on achievement in 5 categories:

  • Material Health - Products ingredients are inventoried throughout the supply chain and evaluated for impacts to human and ecological health
  • Material Reutilization - Products are designed to either biodegrade safely as a biological nutrient or to be recycled into new products as a technical nutrient
  • Renewable Energy and Carbon Management - The criteria at each level build toward the expectation of carbon neutrality and powering all operations with 100 percent renewable energy
  • Water Stewardship - Processes are designed to regard water as a precious resource for all living things and at each level progress is made toward the expectation of all effluent being clean enough to drink
  • Social Fairness - Company operations are designed to celebrate all people and natural systems and progress is made toward having a wholly beneficial impact on the planet

PPG’s dedication to achieving Cradle to Cradle CertificationCM at the Silver level for its architectural glass products signifies our commitment to environmental stewardship, and to developing and enhancing products that promote sustainable building.

Click here to view the complete list of Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver architectural glass products available from PPG. You may also request a sample of any glass product by clicking here or by calling 1.888.774.4332 for more information.

Benefits of Cradle to Cradle Certification

As green building practices continue to mature and architects seek new ways to make buildings integral to healthy ecosystems, one way to achieve those objectives is through the use of products, such as PPG architectural glasses that are Cradle to Cradle Certified.

Using Cradle to Cradle Certified products also can benefit architects seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for building projects. According to the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), building products can earn LEED credits for Material & Resources in LEED v4 by using at least 20 Cradle to Cradle Certified products or if Cradle to Cradle products represent at least 25 percent, by cost, of a finished project's permanently installed building products.

To learn more about how PPG achieved Cradle to Cradle Certification, review our brochure.

PPG Glass, Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient

For decades, PPG has been committed to making products meet our customers' demanding performance requirements and help to sustain a healthy global environment. Since introducing the first spectrally selective glass in 1934, PPG has been a leading manufacturer of environmentally progressive architectural glass products that help boost a building’s energy efficiency and minimize its carbon footprint. In fact, PPG operates more oxy-fuel fired (energy-efficient) float lines than any other glass maker in North America.

Advanced architectural glasses, including Solarban® solar control, low-e glasses and spectrally selective tinted glasses, contribute to sustainable building by transmitting high levels of daylight and blocking solar heat to minimize reliance on major energy consumers such as artificial lighting and air-conditioning.

In a study using the country’s most sophisticated energy modeling software, Solarban solar control, low-e glasses were shown to reduce initial HVAC equipment costs and annual energy costs in a prototypical eight-story, window-walled office building by up to 13 percent when specified instead of less sophisticated glazing products, such as dual-pane tinted glass.

The same study showed that, depending on a building’s location, annual energy-related carbon emissions were reduced by up to 300 tons, enough to equal the yearly output of more than 50 passenger vehicles. Learn more about the benefits of using PPG low-e glass.

Cradle to Cradle Certified Architectural Glass Products

Solarban® Solar Control, Low-e Glasses

Solarban® z50 Glass
Solarban® z75 Glass
Solarban® 70XL Glass
Solarban® 72 Glass
Solarban® 67 Glass
Solarban® 60 Glass
Solarban® R100 Glass

Sungate® Passive Low-e Glasses

Sungate® 400 Glass
Sungate® 500 Glass
Sungate® 600 Glass

Starphire Ultra-Clear (Low-iron) Glasses

Starphire® Glass

Oceans of Color® Ocean-inspired Tinted Glasses

Azuria® Glass
Solexia® Glass

Vistacool® Subtly-reflective, Color-enriched Glasses

Vistacool® Azuria® Glass
Vistacool® Solargray® Glass

Earth & Sky Performance Tinted Glasses

Solarblue® Glass
Solarbronze® Glass
Solargray® Glass

Clarvista® Shower Glass

Clarvista® Glass

Sunclean® Self-cleaning Glass

Sunclean® Self-cleaning Glass

Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a certification mark of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. For more information please read about our certification.