Vitro Architectural Glass:

A Culture of Sustainability

Select a LEED Credit Category below


 
 

Sustainability

LEED Overview

Request LEED Documentation

Environmental Products Declarations

 
 

Integrative Process

Sustainable Sites

Energy and Atmosphere

Materials and Resources

Indoor Environmental Quality

Innovation

 
 

Sustainability

LEED Overview

 
 

Request LEED Certification

 

Environmental Products Declarations

 
 

Integrative Process

Sustainable Sites

Energy and Atmosphere

 
 

Materials and Resources

Indoor Environmental Quality

Innovation

 

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 entire collection of architectural glass products recognized by the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program.

Today, Vitro Glass’ product selection is Cradle to Cradle™ Bronze certified; subcategory certification levels, valid through 2020, are below.
 

Category Certification
Material Health Gold
Material Reutilization Gold
Renewable Energy and Carbon Management Bronze
Water Stewardship Bronze
Social Fairness Gold

 

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.

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 uncoated and coated glass products are recognized by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute at the Bronze level. Learn more.

 

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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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Vitro Glass 2017
Sustainable Development Report
 Vitro’s 2017 Sustainable Development Report, detailing the company’s global sustainability model in action around the world. 
 

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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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LEED Recycled Content Letter
Vitro Architectural Glass recycled content reporting

Download LEED Recycled Content Letter
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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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Living Building Challenge (LBC) Red List of Materials
Vitro Architectural Glass products, version 3.1 compliance letter

Download Red List