PPG glass requests for LEED documentation surpass 1,000

Commercial, education markets lead pace as average building size shrinks

The Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel, which features SOLARBAN(R) 70XL PACIFICA(TM) glass and Solarban z50 glass by PPG Industries, has achieved LEED(R) Gold certification. The advanced solar control, low-emissivity glasses maximize the natural city views while alleviating solar heat gain. The 1.2 million square foot hotel is the second largest in the Omni chain. (Photography by Tom Kessler)

UPMC East located near Pittsburgh features a signature six-story curtain wall with SOLARBAN(R) 70XL glass on the south façade and
Solarban 60 glass on the north façade, along with light gray Solarban 70XL SOLARGRAY(R) glass in the atrium, stair towers and other public areas to reduce glare. The glasses from PPG Industries helped the project earn LEED(R) Silver certification shortly after its opening in 2012. (Photography by Jim Schafer)
PITTSBURGH, Jan. 31, 2013 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced that it recently surpassed 1,000 requests for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED(R), documentation for its architectural glass products.

According to five-year data from PPG’s flat glass business, one in five requests for LEED documentation support was for commercial buildings, followed by higher education (19 percent), K-12 education (12 percent) and federal and local government (11 percent) buildings. Other significant categories include retail (8 percent), military (6 percent), health care (5 percent) and institutional (5 percent) buildings.

Nearly 35 percent of LEED documentation requests were for buildings in the northeast, followed by 15 percent in the northwest and 14 percent in the south central U.S.

Glenn T. Miner, PPG director of construction, flat glass, said one trend to emerge from the data is that the amount of glass sold for each LEED-documented project seems to have shrunk as the number of requests has increased.

“When we first started tracking LEED documentation requests in 2007 and 2008, the average amount of glass we sold per LEED project was about 24,500 square feet,” Miner said. “By 2012, that figure had dropped to less than 13,000 square feet even though the number of documentation requests we receive each year has more than quadrupled. That seems to indicate that LEED certification and environmental sustainability is becoming a priority for owners of big buildings and small buildings alike, which is an encouraging long-term development for companies like ours that make sustainable building products.”

PPG is among the world’s leading producers of advanced architectural glazings. Since 1999, the company has sold more than 3 billion square feet of coated, low-emissivity (low-e) glass, which improves the environmental performance of buildings. By transmitting high levels of natural light while blocking the sun’s heat energy, low-e glass reduces reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning, which can account for up to 75 percent of the energy consumed in a typical commercial building.

In the past two years, PPG has debuted SOLARBAN(R) 72 STARPHIRE(R) glass, a solar control, low-e glass designed to provide high visible light transmittance, exceptional clarity and superior solar control performance; and SUNGATE(R) 600 glass, a multifunctional low-e glass that enhances the insulating performance of buildings in a variety of climates and applications. PPG will also introduce several new advanced glass products in 2013.

In 2007, PPG became the first company to earn recognition through the CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED(CM) program for its entire collection of architectural glass products. The Cradle to Cradle Certified program encourages the development of products with materials that can be endlessly recycled, as they are in the natural world.

PPG has the widest range of energy-efficient glass types in North America, encompassing solar control, low-e glasses; passive low-e glasses; spectrally selective tinted glasses; ultra-clear, low-iron glass; and coated glass for the collection of solar power.

For information on advanced architectural glazings by PPG, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 888-PPG-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 nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 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 and Pacifica are trademarks and Solarban, Solargray, Starphire and Sungate are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
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Rob Struble
PPG Flat Glass