Old, new landmarks on Fort Worth thoroughfare highlight four decades of advances in architectural design, energy-efficient glass

When City Centre I (now Wells Fargo Tower), left, opened on Houston Street in downtown Fort Worth in 1982, it was constructed with SOLARBAN(R) 550 TWINDOW(R) glass.

Introduced by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) in 1964, Solarban glass heralded a new era of environmentally advanced glass by being one of the first coated glasses engineered to reflect heat away from buildings to reduce air-conditioning use.  

City Centre I/Wells Fargo Tower (1982)

Today, a half-mile down Main Street – on the 50th anniversary of its brand debut – a more advanced Solarban glass is redefining Fort Worth’s skyline while reflecting ongoing evolution in architectural design and energy performance. The Omni Fort Worth Hotel & Residences, which opened in 2010, was one of the first buildings to be glazed with Solarban z50 VISTACOOL(R) glass, a lightly reflective, blue-tinted low-emissivity (low-e) glass that transmits 30 percent of the sun’s natural light and blocks 75 percent of its heat energy.

Omni Fort Worth Hotel & Residences (2010)

Like other glasses in the brand family, Solarban z50 glass significantly reduces reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning, the two leading sources of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Due in part to the energy efficiency realized with Solarban z50 glass, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel & Residences has earned LEED(R) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and become a leading model of sustainable building in Texas. In 2008, 26 years after it was erected with Solarban glass, City Centre I/Wells Fargo Tower earned an ENERGY STAR(R) designation for operating efficiency.

For more information about the 50th anniversary of Solarban glass and its impact on architectural design, energy efficiency and skylines around the country, visit www.SolarbanGlassLegacy.com.

Contact: Robert J. Struble PPG Flat Glass rstruble@ppg.com (412) 820-8138 www.ppgideascapes.com

Solarban, Twindow and Vistacool are registered trademarks 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. ENERGY STAR is a joint trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Date: 8 September 2014
Source: PPG Flat Glass

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