PPG glass helps health office earn first LEED Platinum certification in Tennessee

Date: 24 January 2012
Source: PPG Industries, Inc.
Upper Cumberland Regional Health Facility features SOLARBAN 70XL and 60 glassesPITTSBURGH, Jan. 20, 2012 – The Upper Cumberland Regional Health Facility in Cookeville has become the first building in Tennessee to earn LEED(R)-NC (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-New Construction) certification at the platinum level, in part because of its use of SOLARBAN(R) 70XL and Solarban 60 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG).

Brian Templeton, a principal with Upland Design Group, the architect of record for the facility, said Solarban 70XL glass was specified for the structure’s large, translucent, daylighting panels, while Solarban 60 was selected as the vision glass for the entryway, work spaces and other surface-level applications.

Photography by © Creative Sources Photography / Rion Rizzo

Design Credit: Architect: Thomas, Miller & Partners, PLLC/Upland Design Group, Inc., JV

Introduced at the GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in 2005, Solarban 70XL glass remains the industry’s highest-performing solar control, low-e glass. With visible light transmittance (VLT) of 64 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.27, Solarban 70XL glass delivers an unprecedented light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio of 2.37.

Solarban 60 glass also remains among the industry’s highest performers, with VLT of 70 percent and a SHGC of 0.38, which translates into an LSG ratio of 1.85. Both products are favored by architects for their transparent appearance and excellent solar control.

The 51,000 square-foot building, which houses the leadership and management for the health departments of 14 Tennessee counties as well a clinic and conference center, was designed to provide a healthy, low-maintenance work environment while minimizing energy consumption and the use of potable water.

In addition to extensive use of daylighting, the facility features a geothermal heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and an array of photovoltaic solar panels that generate 2.5 percent of the energy needed to sustain its operation. Together, these three strategies combine to reduce energy use by 43 percent compared to a similarly sized building with standard code requirements. The project also exceeds LEED requirements for stormwater management by incorporating a system of rain gardens and bioswales.

The Upper Cumberland Regional Health Facility was designed jointly by Upland Design Group, Crossville, Tenn., and Thomas Miller and Partners of Nashville.

For more information on Solarban solar control, low-e glasses and PPG’s entire line of CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED(CM) architectural glass products, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 1-888-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 more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

–120120UpperCumbLEEDPlat– Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and Solarban is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. Cradle to Cradle is a registered trademark and Cradle to Cradle Certified is a certification mark of MBDC, LLC. LEED – an acronym for the phrase ”Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” – is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.

600450 PPG glass helps health office earn first LEED Platinum certification in Tennessee glassonweb.com
Date: 24 January 2012
Source: PPG Industries, Inc.

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