SOLARBAN glass by PPG highlights prominent New York City landmarks

One United Nations Plaza and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York are among the historic buildings featured in an online retrospective celebrating the 50th anniversary of SOLARBAN(R) glass by PPG, a trailblazing architectural glass that has been featured on many famous structures and specified by many famous architects to enhance the energy and environmental performance of buildings.      One United Nations Plaza, designed by Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo & Associates and dedicated in 1975, was one of the first skyscrapers in the country to be constructed with Solarban glass.

As one of two mixed-use glass towers adjacent to United Nations Plaza, the 39-story building is a prime example of reflective glass being used to block solar heat transmission into buildings and thereby lower their energy and air-conditioning use.

The Javits Center, located 2 miles away on Manhattan’s West Side, features several transparent multistory facades fabricated with Solarban glass. The 1.6-million-square-foot complex, considered state-of-the-art at the time of its opening in 1986, was designed by James Ingo Freed of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

Since Solarban glass was launched in 1964, the brand name has come to signify industry leadership in environmentally advanced architectural glass. Today, the Solarban brand name encompasses a broad range of high-performance solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses – including many formulated with PPG’s proprietary triple-silver coating technology – with the ability to transmit daylight, block solar heat and thereby reduce heating, cooling and lighting demands to help architects design and construct more sustainable buildings.

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

Contact: Robert J. Struble PPG Flat Glass 412-820-8138

Solarban is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

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