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Category: Low-emissivity glass

SOLARBAN® glass with acid-etched panels help university building function as mini-city

Diamond Schmitt’s innovative architectural design of the Peter George Centre for Living and Learning (PGCLL) at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, includes a four-story, skylit atrium; a 650-seat auditorium and connecting helical staircase; and a U-shaped block of daylit residential and study spaces. Solarban® 67 and Solarban® 70 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass were chosen to enhance the building’s aesthetics and environmental performance, while “Nuance” acid-etched patterns from Walker Glass make the glass curtainwalls more decorative.

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Solarban 90, Starphire glasses transform 60-year-old bank building into Dallas icon

Named one of the ten best structures in Dallas by Dallas Morning News architectural critic Mark Lamster, 1217 Main Street—once a 1950s-era bank building—has been transformed into a mixed-use architectural gem in downtown Dallas. Designed by 5G Studio Collaborative, Dallas, the adaptive reuse marvel features a colorful handmade ceramic perimeter artistically framing a ground-level storefront and four-story curtainwall system with Solarban® 90 Starphire® glass from Vitro Architectural Glass.

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Vitro Architectural Glass launches SOLARBAN R77 glass

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that it has launched Solarban® R77 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass, which unites a crisp, neutrally reflective silver-blue aesthetic with building-code-friendly solar performance. Nathan McKenna, director, marketing and innovation, Vitro Architectural Glass said Solarban R77 glass fulfills demand for a product that captures the visual character of the sky and ambient environment while enabling specifiers to meet increasingly stringent building code mandates.

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SOLARBAN® glasses enhance sustainable design of award-winning John W. Olver Design Building

Local architects Leers Weinzapfel Associates (LWA) carefully considered the site, solar orientation and placement of an interior courtyard to maximize daylighting and reduce demand for artificial lighting in the John W. Olver Design Building. These tactics helped drop electrical load for the structure by 54% compared to an average university building. As part of the first and largest cross-laminated timber academic building in the U.S., Solarban® 60 and Solarban® 70 glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass raise the sustainable design bar for the LEED® Gold-certified facility, which encompasses 87,500 square feet of classroom, office and community space.

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University of Texas at Arlington’s new Science & Engineering Innovation & Research building

Large expanses of Solarban® 90 solar control, low-e glass by Vitro Architectural Glass showcase interdisciplinary research in action at the University of Texas at Arlington’s (UTA) new $125 million Science & Engineering Innovation & Research (SEIR) building in northern Texas. Ideal for warm, sunny climates in places like Texas, Solarban® 90 glass offers a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23 when paired with conventional clear glass in a 1-inch insulating glass unit (IGU).

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SOLARBAN 67 OPTIGRAY glass helps new Rolex Tower harmonize with nature

For over a century, Rolex watches have been recognized as classic timepieces that feature high-quality design and precision timekeeping. When it came time for the historic company to expand to a new office tower in downtown Dallas, it was only fitting that the new space reflected its values. Rolex Tower accomplished its ambitious design goals with an eye-catching façade that features Solarban® 67 Optigray® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.

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Guardian Glass introduces Guardian SunGuard® SuperNeutral® Essential 50/25 HT coated glass

Guardian Glass North America announces Guardian SunGuard® SNE 50/25 HT, a high performance, low-E coated glass that gives architects a subtle, blue-gray color and mid-reflectivity aesthetic. Architect focus groups helped Guardian Glass deliver a product with a visible light transmission of 48 percent and low solar heat gain coefficient of 0.25 with a crisp, neutral, subtle blue reflected color in the mid-exterior reflective range.

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SOLARBAN 67 Glass aids “wayfaring” at North Carolina transit center

Built to be the home to the Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST) in North Carolina, the city wanted a well-lit, open look that would blend well with nearby structures, while offering clear views into and outside the building. To achieve those objectives, Gantt Huberman Architects designed a glass façade featuring Solarban® 67 glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.

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