PPG introduces glass tints with second-surface energy-efficiency coatings

Development comes as company celebrates 125th anniversary

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 18, 2008 – PPG Industries (PPG:NYSE) has introduced its most popular tinted glasses with Solarban 70XL or Solarban 60 solar control, low-emissivity coatings on the second surface of the glass. This marks the latest development from a company celebrating its 125th year of business, having been at the forefront of glass innovation since its founding as the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. in 1883.

All PPG tints from the Oceans of Color collection, including Atlantica, Azuria, Caribia and Solexia glasses, as well as Solargray and Solarbronze tinted glasses, are now offered with Solarban 70XL or Solarban 60 solar control, low-e coating on the second surface of the glass. In addition to offering improved environmental performance, the second-surface coated tints expand aesthetic options for architects and building owners. The move also enables members of the PPG Certified Fabricator network, who use PPG high-performance glass, to offer architects and building owners more products with superior energy performance.

For the 125 years since it became the first commercially successful glass company in the United States, PPG has been an industry leader. The company’s legacy of innovation stems from the development of products and technologies that remain industry standards, such as:
  • 1934 – Solex (now Solexia) glass, the first heat-absorbing, energy-efficient glass
  • 1938 – Herculite glass, shatter-resistant tempered glass
  • 1945 – Twindow glass, the first double-paned insulating glass
  • 1962 – LHR (a Solarcool glass predecessor), the first heat-reflective glass
  • 1963 – First U.S. user of the float glass process
  • 1983 – Sungate 100 glass, the world’s first temperable, magnetron sputtering vacuum deposition (MSVD) glass 
  • 1989 – Azurlite (now Azuria) glass, the first spectrally-selective blue glass
  • 1990 – Starphire ultra-clear glass, still the clearest commercial float glass
  • 2000 – Solarban 60 double-silver-coated, solar control, low-e glass
  • 2001 – SunClean self-cleaning glass
  • 2005 – Solarban 70XL glass, the first triple-silver-coated, solar control, low-e glass
Today, PPG is a recognized leader in "green" building products, through both its development of environmentally progressive architectural glasses and its continued efforts to refine and enhance glass performance for solar power applications such as photovoltaic glass and large, solar-energy-collecting mirrors.

Victoria Holt, PPG senior vice president, glass and fiber glass, said the company’s long history in the glass industry and its continuing commitment to research and development enables it to remain on the cutting edge of technological development.

“Many people think of glass as a commodity product, but when you consider its relative abundance, functionality and high-performance coating technologies, you begin to understand its value as a highly functional building material,” Holt said. “We’re already using high-performance glass to reduce the amount of fossil fuels our buildings consume, but we’re also learning how to produce glass with other critical properties and characteristics that will enable it to conduct a current, or collect and amplify energy from sources such as the sun.

"At PPG, we’re devoted to ensuring that glass achieves its full potential as a building product, as an energy provider and as an integral part of our future.”

In an independent study, buildings glazed with Solarban 70XL and Solarban 60 glasses were shown to have significantly lower energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and HVAC requirements than those glazed with dual-pane tinted glass and other less advanced glazings.

To learn more about the performance advantages of Solarban 70XL and Solarban 60 glasses, or to find a PPG Certified Fabricator in your area, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Atlantica, Azuria, Azurlite, Carbia, Herculite, IdeaScapes, Oceans of Color, PPG Certified Fabricator, Solarban, Solarbronze, Solarcool, Solargray, Solex, Solexia, Starphire, SunClean, Sungate and Twindow are trademarks of PPG Industries.




Robert J. Struble
PPG Performance Glazings