Solarban® glass specified for Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore
Advanced low-e glass glazings fulfill demand for clarity, solar control performance
PITTSBURGH, December 7, 2017 — Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that Solarban® 70XL and Solarban® 72 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass have been selected for the Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) complex in the heart of Singapore Changi International Airport.
Jewel is envisaged to be a world-class lifestyle destination that will be a game-changer for Changi Airport, amidst intensifying competition on the global airport landscape. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the structure will feature a distinctive dome-shaped façade made of steel and glass. The complex merges a vibrant marketplace and urban park side-by-side.
Set to open in 2019, Jewel also will feature aviation facilities, a hotel, 300 retail and dining offerings, and play attractions that include the world’s highest indoor waterfall, canopy mazes, sky nets and discovery slides surrounded by verdant landscaping.
Solarban® 70XL glass was selected to glaze the stunning dome-shaped facade while Solarban® 72 glass was specified for the pedestrian bridges that will connect Terminals 2 and 3 to Jewel.
Two Vitro Certified® Global Fabricators are working on the project. GnT Glass Company, Ltd. is the glass fabricator for the dome. Wujiang Golden Glass Technologies is performing the same role for the linking bridges. Da Di Glass will supply Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass by Vitro Glass for interior applications.
Ashith Alva, head of projects, Jewel Changi Airport Development, said Solarban® 70XL and Solarban® 72 glasses were recommended by consultants for their clarity and energy-saving solar control.
GnT is fabricating Solarban® 70XL glass into hundreds of precise triangular-shaped laminated insulating glass units (IGUs) for the dome; then marking them and delivering them in sequence to the construction site, a process that will demand extraordinary levels of organization and quality control.
Solarban® 70XL and Solarban® 72 glasses are formulated using Vitro Glass’s proprietary triple-silver solar control, low-e coating technology. Solarban® 70XL glass has visible light transmittance (VLT) of 64 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.27 in a standard one-inch clear IGU. Solarban® 72 glass, which is coated on Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass, has VLT of 71 percent and an SHGC of 0.30 in the same configuration, meaning it blocks up to 70 percent of the ambient solar energy despite its exceptional transparency.
Solarban® 70XL and Solarban® 72 glasses meet requirements of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ program at the Bronze level. Vitro Glass has more architectural glass products certified by the program than does any other float glass manufacturer.
To learn more about Solarban® 70XL and Solarban® 72 glasses, or Vitro Glass’s entire family of advanced low-e glasses, visit www.vitroglazings.com or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457).
Solarban®, Starphire Ultra-Clear® and Sungate® are registered trademarks owned by Vitro.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a trademark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
About Vitro Architectural Glass
Vitro Architectural 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. Upholding the values of “Together, We See Further” across the architectural, automotive and containers markets, Vitro 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 www.VitroGlass.com.