PPG glass helps utility operations center earn LEED certification

SOLARBAN z50 glass helps Tennessee Piedmont Natural Gas facility save on energy

Photo courtesy of C design, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 6, 2012 – The Piedmont Natural Gas Operations Center in Nashville, Tenn., earned LEED(R) Gold certification last year, due in part to a comprehensive energy-management system that incorporates SOLARBAN(R) z50 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG).

When combined with clear glass in a standard 1-inch insulating glass unit (IGU), steel blue-gray-tinted Solarban z50 glass provides visible light transmittance (VLT) of 51 percent and a solar heat-gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.31 that is as much as 23 percent better than competitive glasses with a similar aesthetic. Solarban z50 glass is part of an energy-management system at the center that includes an advanced LED (light-emitting diode) lighting system and exterior building shades controlled by the sun’s orientation.

For more information on Solarban z50 glass and other PPG glass products recognized by the CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED(CM) program, visit www.ppgideascapes.com 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 world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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