Solarban 70XL glass named one of year’s most innovative products by Architectural Record

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 28, 2007 – Solarban 70XL solar control low-emissivity glass by PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) performance glazings business was selected by Architectural Record magazine as one of the most interesting and innovative new building products of 2006.

A jury of eight architects and building industry experts selected the winning entries after a review of several hundred product samples. The jurors cited Solarban 70XL glass for its need in the marketplace, environmental friendliness, detailing and craftsmanship. Winning products also had to be made by a "reliable manufacturer interested in establishing a long-term relationship with the specifier.”

Solarban 70XL glass offers an unprecedented combination of solar control and visible light transmittance with a transparent, color-neutral appearance. When combined with traditional clear glass in a conventional one-inch insulating glass unit, Solarban 70XL glass has a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.27 with visible light transmittance (VLT) of 63 percent. That equates to a light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio of 2.33, which surpasses all other high-performance, low-emissivity glass on the market.

With its neutral appearance, Solarban 70XL glass can be specified to produce a clear aesthetic or combined, in an insulating glass unit, with any tinted glass from PPG, including the Oceans of Color collection of spectrally selective tinted glasses. Solarban 70XL glass is available exclusively through members of the PPG Certified Fabricator Program and is now available for commercial and residential use.

PPG has produced a white paper detailing the energy savings architects and commercial building owners can realize with Solarban 70XL glass. For more information, or to order a copy of the white paper or request a Solarban 70XL glass sample kit, call 1-888-PPG-IDEA or visit

PPG is the largest flat glass manufacturer in North America, supplying glass for commercial and residential construction markets, products for industrial and specialty applications, and windshields and windows for automobiles, aircraft and other vehicles.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company employs more than 30,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 20 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit

Oceans of Color and Solarban are trademarks of PPG Industries.


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Robert J. Struble
PPG Performance Glazings