High-performance classroom of future built with PPG glass, coatings, paint

Date: 10 November 2008
Source: PPG Industries
Glass, coatings and paint products from PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) will be part of a special demonstration project showcasing the “High Performance School of the Future, Today” at the 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston, Nov. 19-21.

The showcase, designed by Project FROG, a San Francisco-based design firm, will feature a working classroom that highlights advanced green building systems, products and technologies. Three PPG products were selected:

Solarban 70XL glass enhances the learning environment by transmitting high levels of sunlight and blocking the sun’s heat, thereby reducing energy consumption by reducing reliance on artificial lighting and cooling systems. Pure Performance paint by Pittsburgh Paints, a premium, low-odor, latex paint, emits zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and has passed small chamber emission testing established by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS).

Duranar coatings contribute to the environmental performance of buildings through their exceptional durability and colorfastness, virtually eliminating the need for future repainting and touch-ups. Duranar SPF and Ultra-COOL coatings are available with infrared-reflective pigments to keep buildings cooler and limit heat island effect.

Nikki Tankursley, director of marketing for Project FROG, told Building Design+Construction magazine that the classroom would be “characterized by abundant natural light, prevalent use of attractive, sustainable, non-toxic materials – all within a cost-, maintenance- and energy-efficient package.” Other project highlights include: 

 ° Configurable window-wall systems made from predominantly recycled materials,

 ° Tackable wall surfaces and abundant whiteboards,

 ° Enhanced acoustics and ergonomic seating to optimize learning and

 ° Photovoltaic panels and a living roof to make the building’s heating and cooling system more efficient.

About PPG

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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