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Solarban® Glass by Vitro Architectural Glass Featured in Six of the 2023 COTE Top Ten Award-Winning Projects

PITTSBURGH, September 12, 2023 – Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has announced that six of the ten buildings selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) as the top sustainable design projects of 2023 don their Solarban® high-performance solar control low-e glass.

Now in its 28th year, the COTE Top Ten Awards has become the industry’s best-known awards program, recognizing innovative projects integrating exemplary performance with compelling design.

“Vitro’s low-e glass being featured in six of the top-10 green building projects of 2023 is a proud moment for us and is a testament to our commitment to providing the most sustainable solutions for building owners,” said Ricardo Maiz, President, Vitro Architectural Glass. “I’d also like to commend our architectural and account managers in these regions. Their hard work and dedication to connecting architects, glass fabricators and glaziers with the best-performing products for their projects is why we’re able to celebrate these honors.”

Four award-winning buildings feature Solarban® 60 glass, which provides year-round comfort for occupants with heating and cooling cost savings.

Casa Adelante 2060 Folsom (San Francisco, California)
Located in San Francisco, Casa Adelante provides 127 households with permanently affordable housing at no more than one-third of their income. The project uses its walkable and transit-rich site to bolster social equity and strive for a low-carbon future.

DPR Sacramento Zero Net Energy Office (Sacramento, California)
This net zero energy project consisted of a renovation and addition built entirely with cross-laminated timber. DPR Construction’s new home is filled with biophilic design elements. It contains dormant seeds instead of live plants, including native grassland species vital to more than 90% of California’s wildlife.

RIDC Mill 19: Buildings A & B (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
The former Pittsburgh Jones & Laughlin Steel Company has transformed into Mill 19, a green, sustainable, advanced manufacturing research center. The mill’s steel superstructure supports the largest rooftop solar array in the U.S. and has numerous other unique sustainability features.

Watershed (Photography: Built Work Photography, LLC.)

Watershed (Seattle, Washington)
Pursuing Seattle's aggressive Living Building Pilot Program (LBPP) certification, the sleek seven-story Watershed mixed-use building features high-performance glazing, red-list-compliant products, enhanced indoor air quality and rainwater reuse.

Science and Environmental Center (Hillsborough, California)
This Top Ten project features Solarban® 70 glass (formerly Solarban® 70XL glass) by Vitro. Due to its clarity, consistency and solar control performance, Solarban® 70 glass has become the industry's most commonly specified triple-silver-coated glass. The new net zero carbon Science and Environmental Center houses the Nueva School’s environmental citizenship program that features eight science labs and associated support spaces that welcome all grades to explore the important connections between humans and the natural environment.

North Torrey Pines Living & Learning Neighborhood (San Diego, California)
This sustainability hub is home to UC San Diego’s School of Arts and Humanities, the Institute of Arts and Humanities, the Analytical Writing Program, and all three of our humanities departments: History, Literature and Philosophy. It boasts both Solarban® 90 Starphire® glass and Solarban® 60 Starphire® glass from Vitro, which provide high-performance solar control, industry-leading clarity, exceptional daylighting and year-round comfort for students, faculty and staff.

Editor’s note: High-resolution photography is available upon request.

About Vitro Architectural Glass

Vitro Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV:VITROA), the largest company of its kind in the Americas, manufactures a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses at U.S. plants in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Fresno, California; Salem, Oregon; and Wichita Falls, Texas. Committed to sustainable manufacturing processes and products, the company also operates one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh and four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada. Vitro upholds the values of “Together, We See Further” and strives to realize the power of partnership to ensure that projects meet or exceed ever-evolving sustainability expectations as well as glass requirements. For more information, please visit

Solarban®, Sungate®, Starphire® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® are registered trademarks owned by Vitro.

COTE® is a registered trademark of the American Institute of Architects.

About Vitro Architectural Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: VITROA), is the largest glass producer in the Western Hemisphere, manufacturing a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient, high-performance products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses. Committed to continually raising the industry standard for sustainability, Vitro was the first U.S. glass manufacturer to have its entire collection of architectural glass products earn Cradle to Cradle Certified® status and the first North American manufacturer to publish third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for flat glass and processed glass products. Additionally, as of April 2024, all Vitro architectural glass products meet the Top 20% Low Embodied Carbon (LEC) material Global Warming Potential (GWP) threshold the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) established pursuant to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and related guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Vitro operates seven glass production facilities across North America, four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada and one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit

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