PPG debuts Web-based BIM module for architects


PITTSBURGH, May 6, 2009 – PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) has launched a Web-based tool that enables architects to access Building Information Modeling (BIM) files for its architectural glass products, Duranar coatings, Pittsburgh Paints and Porter Paints. Through the PPG IdeaScapes Web site, architects can download Revit Architecture files so they can incorporate PPG products into digital designs. The files also may be used with Google SketchUp Viewer, another popular building modeling software package.

The BIM modules are part of PPG’s ongoing effort to provide architects and contractors witha robust collection of Web-based tools that enable them to streamline the design, documentation and construction of environmentally-sustainable buildings.

Another recent addition is the Green Building Resource Center, an interactive illustration that highlights sustainable PPG products for building envelopes and interiors. The Web site, www.ppgideascapes.com/greenbuilding, contains a LEED support center to assist with the documentation of PPG glass, coatings and paint for LEED credit.

To access the BIM files or to learn about PPG’s entire collection of architectural glasses, coatings and paint, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).

BIM files are also available on the McGraw-Hill Construction Sweets Network and Reed Construction Data’s SmartBIM Web sites, located at products.construction.com and reedconstructiondata.com/bim, respectively.

About PPG

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Duranar, Pittsburgh, Porter and PPG IdeaScapes are trademarks of PPG Industries.
Revit is a registered trademark of Autodesk.



Rob Struble
PPG IdeaScapes