SOLARBAN 60 glass by PPG brightens Watsonville Water Resource Center

Advanced low-e glass helps improve sustainability of award-winning building

Photograph ©2010 Bruce Damonte. All rights reserved.

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 24, 2012 – The Watsonville Water Resource Center in California, which earned LEED(R) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, uses SOLARBAN(R) 60 glass by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) as part of a comprehensive bioclimatic energy management system.

In addition to being oriented on an east-west axis, the center features skylights, operable clerestory windows and rooftop vents that aid in temperature management and allow natural air and light to flow through the interior. Solar heat gain is also mitigated by eaves and by trees along the southern edge of the building.

The 16,000-square-foot building houses three different city and county water departments serving California’s Pajaro Valley and supports a large water recycling project that helps meet the area’s extensive agricultural needs.

Solarban 60 glass has visible light transmittance (VLT) of 70 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient of (SHGC) 0.38 with clear glass in a standard 1-inch insulating glass unit (IGU). The resulting light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio of 1.85 is among the highest in the industry.

For more about Solarban 60 glass and PPG’s entire collection of CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED(CM) glasses, visit or call 1-888-IDEA (774-4332).

PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and Solarban is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
LEED – an acronym for the phrase “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” – is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Cradle to Cradle Certified is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
Robert J. Struble
PPG Flat Glass