Introduced 50 years ago by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG), Pittsburgh, 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.
Today, the Solarban brand encompasses a broad range of significantly higher-performing solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses that help architects design and construct more sustainable buildings featuring glass that transmits daylight and blocks solar heat, thereby reducing heating, cooling and lighting demands.
World Trade Center I & II, (Great West Plaza), 1980, SOM
Although glass technology has evolved significantly since Denver’s Anaconda Tower (now 555 17th Street) was constructed in 1978, Solarban glass is still enabling each of these famous buildings to meet the energy and environmental demands of today’s green building movement. In fact, due in part to their use of energy-efficient Solarban glass, all six buildings have earned LEED® certification for existing buildings (LEED-EB) at the Silver level from the U.S. Green Building Council, and all are ENERGY STAR® certified.
1670 Broadway, 1980, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
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.
1999 Broadway (Holy Ghost), 1985, Fentress Architects
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Solarban is a registered trademark 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 trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.