PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) donated SOLARBAN(R) 67, SOLARBRONZE(R) and SUNGATE(R) 500 glasses to Pittsburgh-based Angels’ Place to enable the installation of 142 new energy-efficient windows at its Swissvale facility.Above, from left, are Sarah Dargay, the Angels’ Place administrative assistant and a former client, with her daughter Audra; John Arch, president of Angels’ Place board of directors; and Len Weidner, PPG manager of inventory and planning, flat glass, who helped coordinate the donation.
SOLARBAN 67, SOLARBRONZE and SUNGATE 500 glasses used for new windows
Located on Woodstock Avenue, the building’s original windows were installed when the former elementary school was constructed more than 50 years ago. John Arch, president of Angels’ Place board of directors, said his fellow directors and staff have been applying for grants and raising funds for several years with the goal of installing more energy-efficient windows to reduce heating and cooling bills.
“Our old windows consisted of a thin metal frame and glass,” he explained. “We’ve owned the building for 25 years, and renovations to it have been a longstanding project for us. Installing new windows was on our to-do list for a very long time.”
PPG Industries donated about $8,000 worth of glass for the new windows, which enabled Angels’ Place to replace existing single-pane windows with energy-saving insulating glass units (IGUs) constructed with two panes of advanced low-emissivity (low-e) glass separated by an insulating spacer. The IGUs, manufactured by Kawneer’s Traco division in Cranberry Township, were installed in June.
PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has donated glass to Pittsburgh-based Angels’ Place to enable the installation of 142 new energy-efficient windows at its Swissvale facility. The insulating glass units on the building’s south façade, which faces the sun for the majority of the afternoon, are fabricated with SOLARBAN(R) 67 glass, an advanced solar control, low-emissivity glass introduced by PPG last year, and tinted SOLARBRONZE(R) glass. These windows are designed to block heat energy to help the building stay cooler in the spring, summer and early fall.
On the south façade, which faces the sun for most of the afternoon, the IGUs are fabricated with tinted Solarbronze glass and Solarban 67 glass, an advanced solar control, low-e glass introduced by PPG last year. Those windows transmit 32 percent of the available sunlight and block 78 percent of its heat energy. In the spring, summer and early fall, that helps Angels’ Place save energy by reducing demand for artificial lighting and air conditioning, two of the facility’s largest sources of energy consumption.
On the north façade, the new windows are fabricated with Sungate 500 glass, a passive low-e glass that transmits 74 percent of the sun’s available light along with most of its heat energy. That will help cut lighting and heating costs in the winter.
Len Weidner, PPG manager of inventory and planning, flat glass, helped coordinate the donation through his employer. “Solarban 67 glass is one of PPG’s newest products, and there aren’t many installations of it in the northeast. The tint of the Solarbronze glass fits in with the building’s architecture and color scheme, and the solar performance allows light in but keeps the heat out,” he said.
Sarah Dargay, an administrative assistant at Angels’ Place, said the new PPG glass has cooled temperatures inside the building, which is not equipped with central air conditioning, especially in the dining room and classrooms. “It used to get a lot hotter inside than it does now with the new windows, and the glass makes a huge difference in the physical appearance of our facility,” she said. “It’s such an old building, and this is definitely an upgrade.”
PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has donated glass to Pittsburgh-based Angels’ Place to enable the installation of 142 new energy-efficient windows at its Swissvale facility. Windows on the building’s north façade are fabricated with SUNGATE(R) 500 glass, a passive low-emissivity glass that transmits high levels of daylighting and solar heat to reduce lighting and heating costs in the winter.
Angels’ Place offers free comprehensive services such as child care, tutoring, counseling and classes for low-income, single and young parents who are full-time students. It has locations in three Pittsburgh neighborhoods: Swissvale, Brookline and the North Side.
For more information about Solarban 67, Solarbronze and Sungate 500 glasses, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).
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