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Vitro Architectural Glass to display large units of SOLARBAN low-e glass at AIA 2018

Show attendees will be among the first to hear about Acuity™ glass, a new affordable, low-iron glass designed to enhance aesthetics and clarity for vision and spandrel glass applications. To be released September of 2018, Acuity glass is designed to be a highly transparent substrate for Vitro Glass’ full-range of Solarban® high-performance solar control low-e glass coatings.

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Photovoltaic Facades: IDTechEx Research Asks Are They Feasible?

There are several flavors of technology today jostling to make the dream of electricity-generating windows a reality. While these are likely too expensive and inefficient to be in your home any time soon, pilot projects for such windows in commercial buildings are gaining momentum, and studies (utilizing annual data of sunlit areas in cities) have claimed potential gigawatt-hours of electricity generation in the windows on a high-rise.

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DSM Opens New Seven-Acre Solar Field in Kingstree, South Carolina

Royal DSM opened a new 7.61-acre solar field in Kingstree, South Carolina. The field uses DSM Anti-Reflective coating technology to increase solar output and will help power the neighboring DSM Nutritional Products facility. The 4,256 solar panels at the Kingstree field use DSM’s Anti-Reflective coating, the company’s flagship product for the solar market, which maximizes energy capture up to three percent. The coating is applied to the cover the glass of the solar modules and strongly reduces the reflection of sunlight.

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Vitro Architectural Glass expands online photo gallery

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has added nearly 100 photos of new buildings to its interactive online project gallery at www.vitroglazings.com, including landmark structures such as the new Amazon headquarters building in Seattle (also known as Amazon Spheres) and the award-winning Grove at Grand Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida, designed by renowned architect Bjarke Ingels. The project gallery also assists architects with design and specification by integrating seamlessly with Vitro Glass’ online CONSTRUCT feature. This tool enables users to construct and compare insulating glass units (IGUs) using performance data from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) International Glazing Database (IGDB). It also allows them to generate, with a single mouse-click, industry-standard 3-part Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) specifications for any all-Vitro Glass configuration.

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Vitro Architectural Glass to sponsor rainforest habitat restoration at National Aviary

Vitro Architectural Glass announced that it is a contributing sponsor to restoration of the historic Tropical Rainforest exhibit at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, and that it will supply 19,600 square-feet of Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass, featuring AviProTek® bird-friendly Velour acid-etched finish by Walker Glass, to the $1.2 million project. Architectural representatives from Vitro Glass worked with bird-safety experts at the National Aviary to develop a custom glass specification for the project, which incorporates complete acid-etched coverage on the exterior (#1) surface of an ultra-premium, low-iron glass.

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Childgard Security Glazing offers proven protection and performance for educational facilities

Manufactured by Global Security Glazing, CHILDGARD glazing is a laminated security glass construction that’s specially designed for use in school and educational facilities to withstand forced-entry scenarios. Available for both new and retrofit applications, CHILDGARD glazing can be used in insulating glass units and paired with high-performance, tinted, and other glass options to meet safety, energy, and other design goals.

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Solarban 72 Starphire Glass by Vitro Glass featured on award-winning residential high-rise

Grove at Grand Bay, an upscale 98-unit Florida condominium featuring an innovative hurricane-resistant design and Solarban® 72 Starphire® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass. Located in Coconut Grove and designed by renowned Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, Grove at Grand Bay consists of two 20-story towers coiled into identical tornado-like twists that provide a stylized buffer against hurricane-force winds while offering residents optimal views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.

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Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment

Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland improves energy efficiency with 3M™ Sun Control Window Film Prestige Exterior Series

The Hall and Museum are housed in an iconic geometric building designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei. The main tower soars more than 160 feet (48.7 meters) into the air and supports a dual-triangular-shaped glass “tent” that contains more than 55,000 square feet (5,109 square meters) of exhibition space, along with administrative offices, shopping space and a cafe. All of that glass allows the Hall to present priceless artifacts in natural light. However, protecting those treasures from the effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays and keeping the building cool on sunny days also presents a challenge to building managers.

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"Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment" by Josh Hogan, vice-president of sales operations for Halio North America/ Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass. Photo courtesy of Kinestral Technologies

"Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment" by Josh Hogan, vice-president of sales operations for Halio North America/ Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass. Photo courtesy of Kinestral Technologies

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