Low-emissivity glass helps sunlit home cut air conditioning use, eliminate electric billsDesigned to achieve LEED(R) platinum certification, the highest tier in the U.S.Green Building Council (USGBC) rating system, the 4,500-square-foot Mediterranean-style residence features many advanced building products that help the home produce as much energy as it consumes, including solar panels, light-emitting diode (LED) interior lighting, zoned air conditioning and heating, and clay roof tiles that deflect solar heat.
Ashley Rutenberg, LEED AP, specified Solarban 60 window glass for Castaway III after consulting with her father, Marc, and window manufacturer PGT of Venice, Fla. “We chose Solarban 60 glass because it was the premier glass with low-e coating in the PGT catalog,” she said. “We design our homes with so many windows in a space – often creating rooms with more window than wall – so that our homes will be full of natural light in the daytime. Solarban 60 glass allowed for an SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) that would meet ENERGY STAR(TM) requirements and provide the clear appearance we wanted for a light-colored Mediterranean home.”
Rutenberg also said she selected Solarban 60 glass to glaze an entry door crafted from locally reclaimed cypress wood as well as five sets of French doors that lead to the lanai and outdoor pool from several areas of the home. “We wanted the French doors to match the architectural and energy-efficient standards of the home,” Ashley Rutenberg said. “They were specified to the same level of performance and look as the windows.”
The result, she said, is a stylish luxury residence “with beautiful walls of full-height windows, French doors and transoms that is incredibly energy-efficient, hurricane-resistant and lets in bountiful natural sunlight.”
In a standard 3/4-inch insulating glass unit (IGU) with clear glass, Solarban 60 glass has visible light transmittance (VLT) of 72 percent, an SHGC of 0.39 and a U-value of 0.25 that is nearly 50 percent better than regular clear-glass IGUs.
To learn more about Solarban 60 glass and other advanced solar control and passive low-e window glasses from PPG, visit www.ppgglass.com or call 1-888-PPG-GLAS (774-4527).
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SOLARBAN(R) 60 glass, solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) residential window glass by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG), was used in the design and construction of Castaway III, one of four upscale Zero Energy America model homes built in central Florida by Marc Rutenberg Homes of Tampa.
SOLARBAN(R) 60 glass was specified for five sets of French doors that lead to the lanai and outdoor pool from several areas of Castaway III, including the master suite, family room, game room and back hallway. For more information on Solarban 60 glass, call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332) or visit www.ppgglass.com.
Robert J. Struble
PPG Flat Glass
Solarban is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.