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Solarvolt™ BIPV Lites Energize and Enhance Commercial Buildings

In March 2021, Vitro Architectural Glass launched its first ever energy-generating product: Solarvolt™ building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) glass modules. Seamlessly integrated into the building ...
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Glass Options for Enhanced School Safety

With 49 recorded school shootings in 2018 and 2019, according to Education Week, and another 8 in 2020, safety in schools remains a top priority issue in the U.S.
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Celebrating 10 Years of the Glass Insider e‑Newsletter

For over a decade, the Vitro Glass Insider email newsletter has provided the glass industry with engaging, educational updates on glass trends, case studies, design challenges and applications.
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The Benefits of Glass for Construction and Hygiene Protection

For over four thousand years, the lustrous, hard, and inert characteristics of glass have made it one of the world’s most desirable and frequently used building materials. Glass is used in many of ...
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What’s the Difference Between U‑Value and R‑Value?

One of the most important glass performance measures is U-value—also known as U-factor—which measures the insulating characteristics of the glass, or how much heat flow or heat loss occurs through ...
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Specifying Heat-Rated Glass

Glass is vital to the aesthetic of nearly every modern structure—increasing natural light, curbing sound, protecting against inclement weather and offering a view to the external world. While glass ...
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The Evolution of Energy Codes

The Codes that Guide the Evolution of Design Energy codes establish the minimum efficiency requirements for both new and renovated buildings. Created and regulated by multiple governing bodies, codes ...
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Ensuring a True Low-Iron Look

Clear glass is extremely common and is popular in a variety of architectural design applications. However, when specifying glass to achieve a truly transparent aesthetic, design professionals know ...
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Bird-Friendly Glass Legislation

Early Birds to Bird-Friendly Requirements As the problem of bird-to-building collisions becomes more widely known, an increasing number of states, cities and municipalities are adopting legislation ...
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Daylighting with Low-Iron Glasses

Well-daylit interiors boast a range of benefits, such as occupant mood and productivity, a sense of connectivity between spaces, decreased use of artificial light and energy bills, stunning views to ...
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Decorative Glass Applications

In recent years, glass fabricators have made significant advances in their technologies, creating a range of decorative glass applications that are increasingly specified by architects who seek ...
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Three Trends in Commercial Energy Codes

The Ever-Shifting Code Despite being immovable, buildings must be incredibly versatile because the standards that influence their design are ever-changing. Continually, architects and designers are ...
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Finding the Right Glass to Eliminate the Green

The Common Uses of Clear Glass Clear glass is extremely common, and is popular in a variety of architectural design applications. From applications ranging from vision glass to spandrel glass, clear ...
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What Contractors Want

Inquiring Minds Want To Know Did you ever wonder what general contractors want most from their glazing contractors, or want to know about their positive and negative experiences with fabricated glass ...
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The Science of Low-E Coatings

As one of the most popular and versatile building materials used today, low-e emissivity (low-e) glass coatings can enable exceptional energy efficiency and aesthetics. But how do they work?
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How to View Glass Samples

When designing commercial spaces, choosing the right type of glass is critical. In order to choose the right product, evaluating a glass’s aesthetic characteristics up close by viewing a glass sample ...
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Why Specify Which Type of Glass?

Choosing the right architectural glass is crucial to a successful project. For more informed decisions in the evaluation, selection and specification of architectural glass, Vitro Architectural Glass ...
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"Spec Check”: Accuracy Key to Compliant Specifications, Successful Projects

Imagination and creativity are critical skills that enable architects to create beautiful, vibrant and sustainable buildings. However, one aspect of successful projects that often goes under the ...
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Optimal Low-E Coating Placment for Double- and Triple-Glazed IGUs

Achieving optimal performance of solar control low-e glass and passive low-e glass requires proper placement of low-e coatings on the glass surfaces of an insulating glass unit (IGU). Placement ...
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Cost Considerations in Specifying Vitro Architectural Glass

To make more informed decisions in the evaluation, selection and specification of architectural glass products, Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass) recommends using an installed systems ...
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How to Read Color in Glass

Glass is one of today’s most versatile building materials due to its virtually unlimited aesthetic options and outstanding energy characteristics. The breadth of glass colors available is one reason ...
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Heat-Treated and Spandrel Glass

Heat-treated glass provides both the durability and safety found in many of the world’s most visually breathtaking buildings. But manufacturing heat-treated glass is a complex and multi-step process. ...
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INSLIP and INSLOP

Placement of a laminated lite within an insulating glass unit (IGU) is key to how its glazing system will perform. INSLIP and INSLOP are two commonly used terms to help designers position laminated ...
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Bent & Laminated Glass Demonstration

Here's an explanation of how bent and laminated glass is made, courtesy of Standard Bent Glass in East Butler, PA. First, large sheets of glass are scored into a range of end-use sizes. Then, these ...
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Bird-Friendly Glass

A Partnership Mother Nature Would Approve Of: Award-Winning Bird-Friendly AviProtek® and Solarban® Solar Control Low-e Glass Each year, more than 600 million birds die from collisions with glass in ...
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Low-e Demonstration

Here’s a quick demonstration that will give you an understanding of low-emissivity or low-e glass.
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Spandrel Glass

There are a wide range of glasses to choose from to meet the needs of any project. Spandrel glass is one such option. Unlike vision glass, which is meant to be transparent, spandrel glass is designed ...
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Tdw-ISO: Fading Factors

For years, UV light transmittance used to be thought of as the measure of a glazing material's ability to protect furnishings from fading due to sunlight exposure. Now, ISO Damage Weighted ...
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The Benefits of Designing with Reflective Glass

When designing with glass, there are a wide range of options to choose from to create a truly unique project. One option in particular–reflective glass–has some significant aesthetic and performance ...
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Types of Glass Fabrication

Glass fabrication is an important part of glass specification. There are several basic types of fabricated glass, which all offer unique pros and cons. Types of glass fabrication include insulating ...
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Short Wave and Long Wave Energy

Understanding the solar energy spectrum is key to understanding glass coatings. Glass coatings affect the way the different parts of the solar spectrum are absorbed into, transmitted through or ...
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Heat-Treated Glass: It's All About the Pressure

When designing with large expanses of glass, it is critical to know when the glass may need to be heat-treated for durability and/or safety. The type of processing required—heat strengthening or ...
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Designing Glass to Resist Wind and Snow Loads

Accommodating for wind and snow is one of the important upfront considerations in the design and specification process. There is a multi-step process that must be undertaken to help ensure the glass ...
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Condensation: What it is. What it means.

Condensation means the IGU is working properly, serving as a thermal barrier between extremes in temperature.
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Determining the Right Glass for the Right Acoustics

While glass looks great aesthetically, it also has to meet high performance standards. An important part of performance relates to acoustics, whether it’s large, dramatic panels used for the exterior ...
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Key Elements of an IGU

There are several key elements that impact the performance of an insulated glass unit. These include the primary seal thickness and width, secondary seal width, the spacer and the desiccant.
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Nickel Sulfide and Spontaneous Breakage

Sometimes glass breaks in a building without any obvious cause. When this occurs, it could be due to glass edge damage or surface damage from handling and glazing that then weakens the glass during ...
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Key Glass Performance Measures

Review the Slide Share for valuable information about key glass performance terms. The slides provide an overview on common terminology used in the glass industry, including: Visible Light ...
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How Glass is Made – From the Batch House to the Lehr

Glass has become one of the most popular building materials used today because it offers virtually unlimited aesthetic options, combined with outstanding performance. What ends up as large, sweeping ...
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How Glass is Made – From Cutting to Low-e Coatings

In How Glass is Made, From the Batch House to the Lehr we covered how glass starts as a simple combination of sand, soda ash, limestone and dolomite, moves to the batch house, enters the furnace, and ...
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What Glass Does with Solar Energy

There are three parts to the solar energy spectrum: infrared, visible and ultraviolet. Glass consequently responds to these three different types of light in three different ways: by reflecting, ...
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North American Glass Channel

The North American Glass Channel chart demonstrates the many different processes involved in the production of commercial glass and the capabilities of the largest channel participants from primary ...
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How Low-e Glass Works

Glass is one of the most popular and versatile building materials used today, due in part to its constantly improving solar and thermal performance. One way this performance is achieved is through ...
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Float Glass Process

A multi-step glass manufacturing process where liquid glass is formed by "floating" it on molten metal.
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Solar Energy Spectrum

Understanding the solar energy spectrum is the first step in understanding how low-e coatings work. Learn more about our full line of Low-E Glass products.
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Heat Strengthened vs. Tempered Glass

When thinking of some of the world’s most dramatic, visually breathtaking buildings, they most likely involve large expanses of glass. Before these architectural masterpieces can be created, the ...
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Low-E Coatings Thickness

Low-E coatings are 500 times as thin as a human hair, yet have a tremendous impact on a building's overall energy efficiency. Learn more about our full line of Low-E Glass products.
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Preventing Thermal Stress Breakage

While aesthetically versatile and offering outstanding performance, working with glass does come with some special considerations. This is especially relevant in commercial architecture, where it’s ...
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Specifying Large Insulating Glass Units

Some of the world’s most dramatic and visually-breathtaking buildings involve large expanses of glass. Using large, dramatic panels of insulated glass is one of today’s most popular design trends. ...
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Top Design Considerations

Glass has become one of the most popular and complex building materials used today by offering virtually unlimited aesthetic options, in addition to outstanding performance. However, designing with ...
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How Low-e Glass Coatings Work

For an easy way to understand how low-e glass coatings help keep rooms comfortable, simply look at how a thermos works.
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Pro/Cons of Gas-Filled Insulating Glass Units

When working with glass, one of the options to consider is the type of glass unit that will best meet the specific needs of a project. A part of the decision process is determining whether or not to ...
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Together, We See Further

The Same Reputation. A New Identity. Two years ago, Vitro acquired PPG Flat Glass. Today, as one of the world’s largest global glass producers, the key to our success lies in the strength of our ...
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Our Carlisle Plant: More Powerful Than Ever

It’s said that strength comes from adversity. If that’s the case, then Vitro’s float glass plant in Carlisle may be more powerful than ever.
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Jumbo Glass: Bigger is Just the Beginning

Building design is constantly changing. Today, strict energy codes and ambitious designs are urging architects to evolve their designs, and manufacturers must provide solutions for these emerging ...
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Why We're Giving a Pittsburgh Treasure New Wings

Great design is frequently inspired by nature, which is why Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) is dedicated to its preservation.
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What’s in Your Spec? A Checklist for Glazing Contractors

Awareness, Diligence Key to Spotting Errors and Deviations in Glass Specifications by Steve Marino Premium unitized curtain wall and custom-built façades are par for the course in today’s highly ...
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The FYI on EPDs: Why Environmental Product Declarations Matter

Within the past decade, green building certification programs and sustainable design practices have become decidedly mainstream. Today’s architects and their clients demand not only greater ...
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Green Id(EA)s: Earning LEED® Credits Through Glass Selections

Established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998, the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is a premier benchmark for sustainable design.
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Ideas, Packaged: Vitro Glass Sample Kit Round-Up

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) assists architects, interior designers and other specifiers throughout the design process by offering several curated glass sample kits for product ...
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How to Use the Construct Tool to Generate 3-Part CSI Specs

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has added a new feature to the Vitro Glass “Construct” tool that enables users to quickly generate 3-part specifications in the Construction Specifiers ...
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How Vitro Architectural Glass & Walker Glass Are Saving Birds’ Lives

Each year, more than 600 million birds die in the United States due to collisions with glass. Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) and alliance partner, Walker Glass, are doing something ...
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There’s No Replacement for a Full-Size Mockup

Mock-up evaluation is a critical element of working with insulating glass units (IGUs). While a 12” x 12” sample can certainly give you a good idea of the glass’s aesthetics in a general sense, ...
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The Five Defining Qualities of Vitro Certified™  Fabricators

When you need a fabricator that can deliver high-performance Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) products on your timeline, choose a certified member of the Vitro Certified™ Network. Our ...
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The Inside Scoop on Using Vitro Architectural Glass for Interior Design

While Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) is proud to serve architects through its expansive selection of architectural glass products for exterior glazing and curtain wall applications, ...