Vitro Architectural Glass:

A Culture of Sustainability

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Architects commonly specify Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass) products to meet LEED® and other green building criteria. Solarban®, Starphire Ultra-Clear™ and other Vitro glasses have been installed on hundreds of LEED-certified buildings, including The Tower at PNC Plaza, the world’s greenest office tower and three of the world’s 11 certified net-zero-energy, “living” buildings. Vitro Glass also promotes “green building” outside the realm of specific certifications systems.

To learn more about using Vitro Glass products to achieve LEED® credits, click here.

Sustainability Meets Technology

Vitro Glass has been a pioneer in oxygen-fueled glass furnace technology, which cuts natural gas consumption by 15 percent compared to conventional air-fired glass furnaces, while reducing carbon emissions by 10 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 50 percent. Vitro Glass operates one-third of the world’s oxygen-fueled glass furnaces.

CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED™ Products

In 2008, as PPG Glass, Vitro Architectural Glass became the first U.S. glass manufacturer to have its products recognized by the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program, and today offers more Cradle to Cradle Certified architectural glass products than any other company.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

Vitro Architectural Glass is the first North American manufacturer to publish third-party verified Environmental Products Declarations (EDPs) for its Flat Glass and Processed Glass products.  The documents provide detailed data about the life-cycle impacts of Vitro Glass products on the environment and may be used as credentialing for LEED® and other green building certification programs.

For information on utilizing our EPDs to earn LEED® credits, please review the Materials and Resources section of our LEED guide.

To learn more about EPDs and Vitro Glass’s industry milestone, click here.

Supporting and Protecting Life

Vitro Glass promotes sustainability through post-consumer recycling of its products, by meeting global regulatory statutes and by developing wildlife-friendly products such as the industry’s first “bird-safe” low-emissivity (low-e) glass, and “turtle glass,” which helps turtle hatchlings survive in commercially developed coastal areas.

Sustainability Programs & Resources

To provide architects with the assurance and documentation they need to meet and verify their sustainability goals, Vitro Architectural Glass participates in a range of programs and initiatives. Please use the links below to download applicable documentation or to learn more about the designated program.

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CRADLE TO CRADLE™ Certification

All Vitro Architectural Glass products are recognized by U.S.

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Material Health Certificate

The Material Health Certificate uses the material health assessment methodology of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.

Download Material Health Certificate
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Material Ingredients List
Technical Document TD-143 contains ingredient disclosure information for compliance with European Union and REACH restrictions and regulations. 

Download Material Ingredients List
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Environmental Product Declarations

Download Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Vitro Uncoated and Processed Glass.

Download Uncoated Glass EPD
Download Processed Glass EPD
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Recycled Content Letters
Vitro Architectural Glass products contain pre- and post-consumer recycled content.

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Material Safety Data Sheets

Vitro Architectural Glass is committed to product stewardship, occupational safety and health, and spill-handling procedures. 

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Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

Download Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for PPG Uncoated and Processed Glass. 

Uncoated Glass (EPD)
Processed Glass (EPD)(Both still in development)
 
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Health Product Declaration
The Health Product Declaration® Collaborative (HPDC) is a not-for-profit, organization committed to the improvement of the building industry’s performance.

Download MHH Letter 
 
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Living Building Challenge Red List
The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) has developed a list of restricted chemicals to meet Living Building Challenge (LBC) criteria.

Download Red List Letter